Wednesday, 9 January 2013

More Views of Hedgerley Bucks During our Dog Walk Today

It was a beautiful Sunny Day today in South Buckinghamshire despite the Weather Forecast which said the area would be overcast all day. It sounds as though someone there needs a new piece of Seaweed. However, we just enjoyed the beautiful day.

Hedgerley has become our Daily Dog Walking venue as we love the village with our walking route through the Churchyard and then into the Church Woods RSPB Reserve where Digby has to stay on his lead.

The walk up the lane at the side of the White Horse Public House leads to the St Mary the Virgin Parish Church which allows some lovely views across the nearby fields.  

The St Mary the Virgin Church Tower (sans clock) taken from the lane.

The view back down the lane towards the Pub. 

 A South Side view of the Church & Porch with the Cockerel Weather Vane on the Tower above.

The View across the field to Court Farm House

A field at the back of the Church recently cleared buy the Hedgerley Conversation Group.

Almost every visit there we get to see either a Roe Deer or two (it was Two today) or a Muntjac or a Fox. Not bad for a Bird Sanctuary. Today we heard the call of a Pheasant which is a surprise as the Guns have been popping all over the place and we have seen a couple of support vans 'Jammed to the Gunwales' with dead Pheasants  Last week we say a family of five Partridges making there way across a garden. I wonder if they survived the weekend?  

The footpaths are getting very muddy in places due to the popularity of the walk so we have been gradually widening them by cutting back the Brambles which are thickening over large areas and narrowing the footpaths. The more we cut back, the wider the muddy area becomes, but we are winning, just!

There are a few signs of Spring coming with the occasional Primrose visible and today we saw the first few Catkins appearing.

There are masses of fallen trees in the woods and this piece sported some beautiful fungi.

In the Fields where we allow Digby to run free, the landowner is having his Hedges cut this week. The Tractor Wheels are churning up the footpaths somewhat but the hedges are looking good.

A Well Manicured Hedgerow.

Rare Breeds Cows feeding from a Heap of Hay on the top of the hill to the East.

Looking to the North towards where the M40 cuts through the countryside.

Another view of the Cows on the far Hill

Looking West towards Meadow Cottages

Ann & Digby waiting for me to catch up.

At the end of the Walk we arrive back in the village alongside the Court Farm House and the Village Pond before passing the old School House on the way to the White Horse Inn for our welcome Coffee and Biscuits. The White Horse has a large range of Real Ales and Real Ciders. It  is not unusual to see a customer trying two or three half pints of different ales as there seems to be frequent introductions of new ales from all over the UK. Try it now before it has all gone.   

Hedgerley Village Pond with the Magnificent Georgian Court Farm House in the background. A Mrs Harris is seeking Planning Permission to have the Willow Tree Pollarded! 

A Lovely Terrace of Village Cottages

The School House and the Old School, both are homes now.

 The Popular White Horse Inn with our Jag parked outside. 

Metcalfe Farm House, which is next door to the old Quaker Meeting House (now a home).

Digby, post walkies, looking a little Damp and Forlorn

 Our White Horse Inn Coffee Drinking Venue in the Garden Tent. 

Coffee & Gloves Off looking towards the garden

 Today we were surrounded in the Tent Extension by a group of Retiree Cyclists from the 'Uxbridge Loiterers' Club who were having a welcome lunch following their morning ride.

We sat and had a lovely conversation with a chap who had joined them for the first time today and sadly was left to sit on his own; in typical Club Style treatment of the Newbie. We have experienced similar treatment from some of the members the Morgan Sports Car Club. It's not very inspiring, but this cynic thinks that maybe that is the objective. 

  'nil carborundum illegitimi'

Ah. Such is life.

Later in the Afternoon, while the sun was still around I decided to take the Morgan out for a short Hood Up warm up run, to move the oils and the tyres around a bit. 

Digby came with me happily sitting in the Passenger Seat as we drove on our usual 25mile Chilterns warm up circuit via Gerrards Cross, Chalfonts St Peter and St Giles, Amersham, Hazelmere and Penn back to Beaconsfield. The traffic was awful, what with the local School Run and the Home from Work traffic, so we ended up driving half of the run in the dark. 

The Mog is happily back in the garage now until the next time or when I can get out there to wash and then polish her ready for Springtime. It was too dark to stop and take photos so her is:

The Green Goddess herself seen in Old Amersham earlier this year.

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