Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Wednesday

Good morning!

Yesterday's walk round Roxwell was really lovely.  Bright sunshine and, as I was well wrapped up, it wasn't cold despite the fact that there was frost and ice in shadier spots at midday and beyond.

I parked in the village hall car park by the village sign and set off first right, then back another way, then through the churchyard and up
where I used to live and then back another way to the car.  All in all, it took about an hour, longer (and further) than I had expected.

I took photos, of course.

The village sign, new since my day, but then I did leave in 1985, over three decades ago.  In a way, it's remarkable that so many things have remained the same.

I think this is called the Mill House.  Roxwell brook runs past it so it could have been a working water mill at some point.  Something to find out.

There's a whole row of fenced off paddocks and the 'official' walk that I didn't do goes along the side of them.  There are stables there too.

The building in the middle is Duke's Farm.


Taken just because it's pretty!

Where I used to live.  It goes back quite a way and the garden is to the side (left).  It's had quite a lot of work done to it since then.

This used to be a fantastic restaurant called 'The Farmhouse Feast'.  It's very old and inside the floors were uneven, the stairs rickety and the beams at head level so you had to be careful.
It was such a treat to eat there.  Five courses for a set price - hors d'ouvres, soup (served in a tureen), main, dessert, petit fours and coffee, all for a set price and wonderfully cooked.
Such a shame it is no longer there, although the building is still called The Farmhouse Feast.

I was very sad to read this.  The village has a school, a village hall, a scout/guide centre cum reading room, a pre-school and a church but, as from the end of last week, no village shop.  I hope it does reopen again soon.

I rewmember I used to take my two, as children, down to spent their pocket money.  They never had any problems with numbers that total ten!

And finally, St Michael's and All Angels.
I got it wrong.  G. wasn't buried there, he was cremated but there was a memorial urn.  I couldn't find it; maybe when C left the village, it went with her.  Fair enough, I have no problems with that at all.
Or maybe I just didn't look in the right place.

I was able to sit and think for a short time - it was a good experience.



Today is another busy day.
At half past nine the lovely Sharon comes to do my hair and make me feel human again.  Then I have personal training from twelve to one and at two a friend is coming round for a cuppa and a chat.  I should sleep well tonight, don't you think?

Have a lovely day.  xx


17 comments:

  1. A pretty little village and a gorgeous day for your walk. I'm glad you enjoyed your day. X

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    1. It is a nice village, I think. And a bit off the beaten track - it doesn't go anywhere, just loops round onto the main road again really. The roads are good though.
      xx

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  2. That's a pretty little village, and looks like a good walk. Always nice to explore... Or revisit 😊

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    1. It was a really pleasant walk around and I'm definitely going back later on in the spring.
      xx

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  3. Lovely village it's a shame so many villages are losing their shop/post office etc.

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    1. It really is. I suppose the problem is that popping in for bits and bobs isn't enough and a main shop is so much more expensive.
      xx

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  4. Sometimes it's good to revisit and reminisce. It looks a lovely place but very sad about the village shop. No. 3 looks gorgeous.

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    1. It was a lovely bungalow, very roomy with four bedrooms. I'd have been glad to stay there but couldn't afford it on my own. Never mind, I still have a lovely house and wouldn't want for more.
      xx

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    1. I did enjoy it, especially as the sun was shining so brightly. It was very cheering.
      xx

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  6. A lovely village - it must be hard going back and wondering what your life would have been had your marriage succeeded - but I expect you have no regrets at leaving it all behind you and you have a lovely life now and near to your daughter. x

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    1. I guess I'd be loads better off for one thing - and most likely a widow as he passed away a long time ago now. Maybe more children - I always wanted four.
      But that's all in the past now and I truly couldn't be happier than I am. I have a great life! More money doesn't always equal more happiness, does it?
      No regrets, you are right.
      xx

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  7. How long were you married?
    I would say your marriage was a success as you have a daughter-it didn't last and that is sad but good came of it. I admire you and your schedule is amazing.

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    1. I have a son too but he works long hours and I don't see as much of him as I do of Beth. They are both lovely! :-)
      xx

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  8. I think you shall sleep well tonight, it’s sad the small shops that are closing, it’s the same here in this Canadian town.

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    1. I did, Laurie, like a log.
      It's a great shame about the little shops. We're losing something precious from the centre of our villages. I don't know what the answer is really.
      xx

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