We had a rare sunny day on Wednesday so it was a good opportunity to take a walk through the village and up to the Common.
the village stocks
Workmen take advantage of the good weather and I stop for a chat with this tiler about the area, renovation work and how the old village has changed over the years. Now there are old and new houses and fewer of the stone built cottages left in the heart of the village.
I walk up a lane to the Common passing an old farmhouse and have another conversation with a council worker and his mate who are doing some maintenance work on a bridle path.
rowan and gorse
silver birch and honeysuckle
silver birch and sycamore, ferns and heather
There were quarry workings for ganister until the early 20th century and there are left-over spoils all over the Common. Ganister is a hard, fine-grained sandstone used in the making of bricks that lined furnaces.
From the ridge there's a good view down to the village.
The pub at the top of the village hosts a family firework party on the 5th November.
The almshouses. The community centre and Scouts' building (not included) are all in the parish church grounds.
Since Wednesday there has been more progress on the garden project thanks to hard work of my husband. Despite the damp weather he's utilised the unused paving slabs by double stacking them to make a neat paved area for the greenhouse and his pot plants. The area under the fig tree has a flower bed and I shall get some winter bedding plants to give some colour there. All the soil has been transferred to the vegetable plot. Hopefully my husband can now enjoy a rest and start planning what he'll grow there.