Sunday, 28th June – Bob’s London Walk
Cutting the birthday cake – celebrating Maureen’s birthday.
Columbia Road Flower Market From the ‘big’ and colourful
To the exotic ‘pineapple’ flowers
And entertainment too
Lady Helen x 2
Wednesday, 24th June – Helen’s walk Hawkley
Anyone for a hair cut?
‘Pinky & Perky’ Oxford and Sandy Black pigs
Ashford Chase from the “Shoulder of Mutton” viewpoints Orchids everywhere
Sunday, 21st June – Francoise’s Walk from Headley
Red Admiral Butterfly
The Caterpillar of the Mullion Moth The Mullion Moth! Not a thing of beauty!
Wednesday, 17th June – Ian’s walk Noar Hill
Sunday, 14th June – Di’s Walk around Bentworth, Shalden and Thedden
Auricularia auricula-judae (auricula = ear, judae=Judas)
The fungus is associated with Judas Iscariot because of the belief that he hanged himself on an elder tree after his betrayal of Jesus Christ. Folklore suggests that the ears are Judas’s returned spirit, and are all that are left to remind us of his suicide. The common name of the fungus was originally Judas’s ear, but this was later shortened to Judas ear and, in the late 19th century, shortened again to Jew’s ear. [source: wikipedia]
“What a handsome fellow I am”
Who is JCD Berens and why does he/she have a bear/panda on their memorial stone? According to Google, a JCD Berens played cricket for Eton Ramblers in 1964.
Olympics 2012 – Bentworth letterbox painted gold to commemorate the gold medal won by local rider Charles Peter. How do we know – Bob is pointing to the label on side.
And across the road in Bentworth – this monstrosity. What about a lick of paint someone? Letterboxes are painted black when no longer in use – it is a long time since this one has seen black paint!
By the glasshouses at Thedden Grange, Howard’s found a place to sit and contemplate life.
Thedden Grange [photo courtesy of Wikipedia]. What an unbelieveable place for afternoon tea.
In 1808 at a public auction, Thedden, consisting of 369 acres of arable land and 116 acres of the finest coppice land was bought by Admiral Sir Laurence Halsted, who had previously been the Captain of HMS Phoenix. He built a new mansion incorporating the previous manor and renamed it Phoenix Lodge. He added a coach house, two large walled kitchen gardens and a Home Farm. He also laid out the parkland as it is today following the fashion of the time, with rolling lawns that came up to the house, and trees planted in clumps and individually.
In 1835 Halsted was forced to sell for financial reasons and the estate was bought by a wealthy Yorkshire mill owner John Wood. Wood was a philanthropist and pioneer of factory reform, being the moving force behind the Ten Hours Act of 1847. The present house owes its appearance to a building programme he carried out between 1838 and 1844, adding an extra floor over part of the main house, which he renamed Thedden Grange. A new longer drive through woodlands was created from the Basingstoke Road where a lodge was built. With the acquisition of other farmland, the estate at this time totalled 800acres.
From the beginning of the 20th century, the estate went through a series of other owners and was used during the war to house German prisoners of war. The present owners have been there since 1975.
Tuesday, 9th June – David’s Walk Dunsfold
Good job Jenny’s a Farmer’s Daughter!
Where’s the path gone?
I must have a look at this
Looks as if this one has been on the Growmore!
David said we’d be ‘logging on’
Anyone else coming?
St Mary’s Churchyard
Millennium Tapestry St Mary’s Dunsfold
Trying to see through both of Yew!
The Cultivated kind
Open and Shut Case!
Tuesday, 28th April – Jenny’s Walk
Puttenham Common & Cutt Mill
Middle Car Park, Puttenham Common
Joyce makes a point
Matt & Kathy on a Mission
So this is where we are
Don’t Rush me – we were tail-enders!
The Way to Market
Boathouse, Cutmill Pond
The Reds have it
A little lull
Overlooking Cut Mill Pond
Sunday, 26th April – Helen & Patric’s Walk
Cocking Hill, Singleton, Charlton
Sweet looking little lambs – playing together and having such fun
And the same little lambs a week later!
Where to next?
Are we on the right path? Are we even on the right continent?
Ah, that’s better. Which way to the pub? Directions we all understand!
Lunch – serious business
Sunday, 19th April – Caroline’s Walk
Cheriton, Ovington, Tichborne
Less than a month before we sat on the hay bales to have our coffee. Now just the charred remains.
Spring – Bluebells!
And lots of them
Pippa (the black and white one!) is enjoying them too.
This was to be our coffee stop, but alas, now just ashes.
Cowslips bowing their heads Grape Hyacinth growing seemingly wild.
Even Pippa likes this gate
And more Bluebells
How is this for a cow on a dairy farm
can’t quite make out who she supports
And Bluebells again!
Is this a horse I see before me?
Sunday, 12th April – Rosemary’s Walk
Frensham, Spreakley & Dockenfield
Blackthrone Blossom against a blue sky
Primroses a plenty
Giant Concrete Lego
The first Bluebells!
Idyllic Country Cottage, but remote
Our 2nd Bluebell…..
Lots of Mistletoe and WITH BERRIES!
Sunday, 5th April – Françoise
(Recce for walk on 21st June)
Skunk Cabbage (Lysichiton americanus)
Archimedes Screw – in your back garden!
An Ahhhh moment – our first lambs of the season