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A local walk on the beautiful Farthing Downs…
The Feversham Arms Inn, Farndale.
We call it the rabbit-pie pub, though this time we had game pie. It’s a difficult drive!!
This was our first time away since the pandemic began, visiting old haunts on the Yorkshire coast whilst being cautious with social distancing. Scarborough was heaving, perhaps with all those people who would normally have gone to warmer countries at this time of year.
Filey is well worth a visit for its unspoilt sea-front and glorious sands and for its outstanding feature, the Brigg, a long narrow peninsula jutting into the North Sea. When the tide is out the nimble-footed can walk onto the rocks.
This is the first blog post for three weeks and it’s of a 10.3 mile local walk that took three and a half hours. Mainly woodland paths, I discovered some new areas to explore further. It was a good warm-up for some long Autumnal walks including, hopefully, some legs of the Solent Way walk I began last year.
I’m uncomfortable around dogs and so a pack of 6 largish dogs forced me to hold back whilst they disappeared into the distance. A few minutes later a pack of 10 small dogs appeared some distance away. I was less concerned by them but they caused me to wonder what might have happened had the 6 largish dogs come across the 10 smaller ones!
On a 6-mile walk, some artists were beginning their work in the park, where there were some lovely plants.
And at the end of the walk the new barbers was almost ready to open.
A Covid concert? No, just a photo-shoot.
It’s a nightmare going by car from North Surrey to Milton Keynes. Getting there it was the South/North Circular – a mere 14 miles in the first hour, followed by the M1 motorway. The return journey was M1 and M25 which was going well until it wasn’t. Five hours total driving is no fun on our road system.
Satellite navigation on the phone meant I could drive myself from somewhere in Milton Keynes to what turned out to be the charming, small town of Stony Stratford. Negotiating Milton Keynes without it would have been impossible.
The Willen Hospice Bookshop in Stony Stratford had only just re-opened. It’s an excellent second-hand, charity bookshop, but with current restrictions of a maximum of two customers at a time and with other book-lovers waiting to enter, it wasn’t the usual relaxing browsing . Nevertheless I managed to grab five books, though with rather less deliberation than usual. They’re currently in 72 hours’ quarantine in the garage (don’t ask!)
I saw this film two years ago at the cinema, and thought it OK. I watched it last night on the tv and loved it! Many laugh-out-loud moments despite the serious subject matter. And it’s very quirky.
A little fly and a big fly, trapped in a spider’s web. I think that’s the spider tucking into the big fly. The little fly will be its pudding!
A couple of iPhone images from a stroll by the Thames.