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Nearly February

Im in Norfolk for a few days and it'll be Imbolc on Weds. After garienos and I had the other half of my parents' christmas present (another meal out, this time at The Village Maid in Lound) I walked back here. It was a bit cloudy and rainy but at least it's stopped being so stupidly cold. I've not been able to walk anywhere because it set my asthma off. Fine for walking today in Suffolk (the border is 100 metres from where garienos lives) and my new waterproof walking boots are very comfy too.

This is the amusingly named "Snake's Lane" track. Not met any of those reptiles although I have seen Red Kites passing through and various other sorts local avian life (and that herd of Red Deer last spring).

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The idea was to drop in to check on garienos' father's ashes at Ashby Church. There is a very determined mole which likes the churchyard, but thankfully everything was fine and the haircut I'd given round the granite slab last time meant everything was still visible. I hope he likes cloudy lemonade as that was what I had in my water bottle to wash the stone ;-)

Ashby church is very old, a proper thatched and round towered Anglo-Saxon one, which is in the middle of fields for some reason.

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That photo is a bit misleading as when you walk further along you see it's on a platform above the track. Probably somewhere important pre-Christian times, and the fact that it's dedicated to St Mary (and there are pools of water behind it) convinces me of this.

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Ashby has snowdrops under one of the trees and some of them were making their way out of the blanket of sweet chestnut leaves. I'll have to go back at bluebell time as there are those in the churchyard too.

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I had someone wondering what I was up to lying down in the dead leaves and he hopped about looking at what I was doing.

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Have an arty b/w ploughed field.

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puddleshark
Jan. 30th, 2017 09:28 am (UTC)
Oh, wow. Ashby church is amazing... I didn't even know any round-towered churches had survived.

And snowdrops too! I've yet to see any round here.
vjezkova
Jan. 30th, 2017 08:49 pm (UTC)
I wish you knew how much you pleased me with your perfect, lovely photos.
We are still deep in snow and frozen to bones, the only sunny day gone (and that one was freezing too). My heart wanted what you share here. Many thanks. And - Ashby church is fantastic...
entropy_house
Jan. 31st, 2017 07:24 pm (UTC)
Oh, how I love old trees, and really old buildings, and your snowdrop and robin photos are just so amazingly gorgeous. :^)
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