Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Fancy A Walk?

When I am busy in the garden I don't have much time for walking  - but after being stuck indoors on Monday I felt like re-acquainting myself with the village where I live.  There is a circular route that takes you right around the village - fancy taking a walk with me to see what we can see?

Turn left at the end of the road and you come to Dag Lane, only enough width for one car and fields on either side.  This is where all the 'dog walkers' seem to congregate.

The views across the Laughton Hills are wonderful, especially on a sunny day or a winters day when there are no leaves to disturb the view.

The hedge banks are full of wild flowers - foxgloves



and vetch


at the end of Dag Lane you follow the road round and come to Laughton Lane and the village Cricket pitch

past lovely pink Campions

and a cathedral of trees, especially welcome shade on a hot summers day

where the Elder are just coming into flower


at the end of the road is the abandoned Wesleyan Chapel

at the crossroads - which leads you back on to Main Street


walking past the newly installed village bench in honour of the Diamond Jubilee


and the village hall - the sign was carved by an old gentleman in the village


past the now defunct telephone box which is waiting for a coat of paint from some kindly volunteer

and back to the end of the road where I turn off into my street

back home and into the garden

full of flower but looking slightly bedraggled after all the wind and rain
right to the end of the garden which overlooks grazing pasture

and a beautiful view of the Mowsley hills


walking back down to the house you pass by the fairy rings that have sprung up in the wet weather


past the greenhouse where the tomato plants are struggling to keep warm

and finally my little red tea pot and geranium on the table where I would like to spend the rest of the summer reading and taking shelter from the sun under the umbrella.  Fat chance! 

Hope you enjoyed our little stroll together - we must do it again sometime.

32 comments:

  1. Lovely post certainly a lovely place to live and a enjoyable tour and from my own front room too. Would be a lovely walk on a balmy June evening the Nightingales and Blackbirds singing and the heat of the sun dissipating through the dappled shade of the tree canopy, the scent of the wild flowers adding perfume to the air, the wind a gentle Zephyr and a return to home thinking all is well with nature,and isn`t it great to be part of it.

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    1. What a poetic comment David - it brings back distant memories of exactly what you have described - don't think there will be much of that this year - we can only hope!

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  2. It was a beautiful walk. I'm still waiting on summer to arrive in Holland. I think it has missed us this year. But the plants love the rain so I'm happy for them. xo Jenny

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    1. It is amazing to think that it will soon be the longest day and then the nights will begin to draw in and summer hasn't even started. What a depressing thought.

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  3. A lovely post, Elaine. The English countryside and village at its best. Only sunshine could improve it.
    Are you not going to volunteer to paint the telephone box? Actually maybe you (the village) ought to sell it - these things fetch big prices in places like the USA... No that's a bad idea, they add to the character of your village, even when defunct!

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    1. At Christmas some villagers put candles in the telephone box and a nativity scene with holly garlands etc. it looked lovely. So I reckon we'll keep it.

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  4. What a lovely walk. I like the look of that chapel, it would make a fabulous house. I've put the umbrella back in the shed as it looked so sad sat there dripping with rain! xx

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    1. The people whose land the chapel is on applied for planning permission to change the use but it was denied. So it is slowly deteriorating sadly. I know what you mean about the umbrella but I am ever hopeful.

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  5. Thoroughly enjoyed that little tour around your village.I love checking out the wild flowers on walks around and trying to identify them! I certainly agree too with David's comments because I love walking and listening to the birdsong.Bliss!

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    1. I found it really annoying when we were on holiday that I didn't know the names of the coastal wild flowers that we came across they are so different from the ones inland. I will have to get myself a book and gen up on them ready for the next time we go to the coast.

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  6. Thank you Elaine for letting me accompany you on your walk. It made me homesick! I am from Berkshire but have lived in the States for 40 years! I wish you could send me some of your rain and I could send you some of our sun!

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    1. Hi Christina - sorry for making you homesick - I think I would miss our lovely countryside if I was away for too long. Perhaps you could let me know the name of your blog as it isn't on your profile, then I could pay you a visit.

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  7. I just had a lovely tour through a quaint English village with Everyday Life. And now a lovely walk in the English countryside. I am a happy woman tonight. Thank you, Egretta, for taking us on a lovely stroll.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the stroll Ann - although calling me Egretta is a bit confusing - but I get the gist.

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  8. What a gorgeous path to have to walk around. I love seeing the pastures and all of the wildflowers. I would be walking that path a lot.Thanks for the tour of the village.

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    1. I do walk around the village in winter mostly as I am usually too busy during the summer months - there is always something different to see even though I am familiar with it all by now.

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  9. How enjoyable, and peaceful! Thanks, Flighty xx

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    1. It is a peaceful little village mostly, except for when, in the early morning, cars use it as a rat-run to get to the main road.

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  10. I really enjoyed that walk, and I didn't feel tired at all afterwards.

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    1. Ha ha - definitely the best sort of walk then.

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  11. Nice one, Elaine - what a jolly nice spot you live in. I'm surprised that chapel hasn't been snapped up and converted - as so many have. I've been planning on doing a walk up the Priory drive post for a while now. Honest, it's true. So don't think me cribbing if I do. Honestly, I have! D

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    1. The people who own the chapel were refused planning permission for change of use. You go ahead David - I'm used to people nicking my ideas - ha ha.

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  12. Elaine you live in a beautiful spot. I enjoyed that walk about getting to know your village. It's nice to get the wider view sometimes.

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    1. Thanks Bridget - it is a very rainy beautiful spot at the moment.

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  13. Hi I've just found your lovely blog and am going to follow you. Your garden is beautiful and what a lovely walk that was. Bye for now.
    Julie

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    1. Hi, I've just been over to your blog - very enjoyable, look forward to reading more posts. Elaine

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  14. Great walk Elaine - surely it will brighten up soon ! xxxx

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  15. Ah, the views, the views! The rains have really bestowed that lush green in every photo.

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    1. I am not surprised everthing looks so green - it hasn't really stopped raining for weeks - could you send some of your sun over here please.

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  16. Thanks for taking us along! I always enjoy seeing where blogging friends live. Their homes and lives may not seem exotic to them, but they are to me. How lovely that your garden overlooks a pasture. I am not a country girl, but more of a small town or city kind of person. It is nice to walk through your neighbourhood and have people know you and say hello.

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    1. I often think that we don't appreciate our own surroundings enough - there is plenty of beauty everywhere if you care to look.

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