Walked down to the village…it rained…we didn’t care

January 6, 2014

This morning Robert said, “what’s that strange light?” It was the sun! So despite the gale blowing outside, we decided to go for a walk down to the village to see our Knight Templar and his Lady in the church.


West Cottage is on the outskirts of the village, and almost half way between two villages but we belong to the Northmoor parish and it’s lovely to walk down there.

We walked under an ominous sky, past the fields of clever sheep who know better than to get blown away. They were looking at us in a “there go some crazy people” way…

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…past the houses…

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…until we got close to the pub and then it started to rain like the dickens.

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So we ducked into the church.

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And said hello to Thomas Moore and Isabelle.

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We had a little rest…

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…and looked out the windows to see the rain stopping, and so we continued with our walk.


Back up at the pub we saw the big rain cloud moving away.

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So we decided to take the long way home, in sort of a triangle, from the village, up Marsh Lane, across the fields and home.

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We said hello to the Northmoor herd and admired their fluffy winter coats.

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A little further up the lane the wind had blown all the crab apples down and they bobbed along in the stream like beautiful little balls.

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Some berries were still firmly in place though. Nice for the birdies.

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When we got to the public foot path we ran into a bit of a problem! Umm 🙁 We thought about wading thru, we thought about taking our runners off and just going for it…but in the end we decided to take the extra long way home, back the way we came.

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But we had a lovely walk. 😀
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  • Reply Helen Vaughan January 6, 2014 at 9:11 am

    seems like a great walk, happy new year to you!! I love the photo with the apples in the stream x

    • Reply Veronica January 6, 2014 at 11:16 am

      Hi Helen, thank you so much. Those apples were so funny to watch. I bet some little water rat downstream was rubbing his little paws together in excitement. 🙂

  • Reply andreaspiritual January 6, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Hi Veronica. Well done for braving this weather and getting out for a walk! Great pictures, sounds like you had a great walk too. Love to you, Andrea

    • Reply Veronica January 6, 2014 at 11:15 am

      Thank you so much Andrea. Much love to you too. 🙂

  • Reply Sonya Mann January 6, 2014 at 9:36 am

    I am SO JEALOUS that you live near a Knight Templar! Also, your area looks incredibly picturesque–lovely photos 🙂 My favorite is the second one, of the cows in the pasture.

    • Reply Veronica January 6, 2014 at 11:14 am

      Hi Sonya, thank you very much, I love it here too, but I only live here for part of the year, the other part I’m in Vancouver, BC, Canada, all the way on the other side of the world. 🙂

  • Reply Christie January 6, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Thanks for taking me on your walk…it was lovely. How nice that the church was open so that you could go in and take shelter while visiting Thomas and Isabelle.

    • Reply Veronica January 6, 2014 at 11:13 am

      It’s so nice. The vicar opens the church every day for the whole day and it is only locked for the night. There is one church in the neighbourhood village of Stanton Harcourt dates from 1135 and a small part of it must be locked away because it’s a museum piece now and has to be protected. But wow, for me who grew up in Europe but spends most of the time in a very new city, the history is amazing. 🙂

  • Reply Lavender Cottage January 6, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Hello Veronica
    A nice walk we joined you on with a visit to the quaint little church and countryside. I can tell by the puddles on the road that you had quite the downpour.

    • Reply Veronica January 6, 2014 at 12:17 pm

      Hi Judith, we did! Driving wind and periodic cloudbursts. The rivers are really swollen so I hope the weather will calm down before there is flooding. Bet you have lovely crispy snow still out east. 🙂

  • Reply Sara V January 6, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Hi Veronica! Lovely walk. I was just thinking today that one of my favorite things to do is go hiking and there really isn’t anywhere to do that here in South Florida–at least nearby. So thank you for the walk! Love the natural apple bobbing contest–I’m sure there’s lots of critters rubbing their little paws together…;-)

  • Reply Pondside January 7, 2014 at 5:51 am

    It’s raining buckets over on this side of the world – and we have a steel roof, so the sound is magnified. A walk with a church and a pub as diversions sounds like a treat!

  • Reply Daryl January 7, 2014 at 8:27 am

    a walk is such a lovely thing to share … glad you outsmarted the rain

  • Reply dawnsrays January 8, 2014 at 5:13 am

    another great day out and about. Good thing you didn’t rest like Thomas Moore and Isabelle–they look pretty set in their ways 😀
    Looks like it turned out to be a pretty day after all.

    • Reply Veronica January 10, 2014 at 1:13 am

      Oh it was great Dawn. Usually, visiting the Moors is one of the first things I do when I get here, but with one thing or another, it took a month to get down there.

  • Reply debrapugh January 8, 2014 at 8:40 am

    What a beautiful old church!

    • Reply Veronica January 10, 2014 at 1:12 am

      It is so lovely. I love it, can’t stop taking photos there. 🙂

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