RICHARD COUR DE LEON LEADING HIS CRUSADERS IN THE HOLY LAND
AND THE DIASPORA, HATLESS, TIRED,HOT,SWEATY,CROSSING SET ASIDE.
Where's he got to now? we said,well he was taking this pic,so we got a much needed rest.
Its a bit spooky here, I bet the trees started creeping about after we had passed by
He has stopped to pick blackberries,later we found some really good sweet ones (secret location)
those clouds look a bit ominous,bit like Kent being under a big duvet
We try hard but our cameras are not really made for this sort of shot-sorry
CROOKED VENTILATOR UNDER WINDOW,A DISGRACE
DISCUSSING THE MERITS AND DEMERITS OF OF PIGS TROTTERS FOR DINNER
SNOAD FARMHOUSE THE ROYAL BOLT HOLE?
NEVER MIND THE WHEELIE BINS,CHECK OUT THE TREE HOUSE
THE DOUBLE HEADED TREE,WHITE POPLAR/YEW IN THE CHURCH YARD
I wonder if they get those bloody uPVC fascia reps calling all the time?
We parked in the church car park at Doddington,which was very nice.We had a look around the church The Beheading of St John the Baptist,which dates back to saxon times.It derives its name from the tale that King Richard Cour de Leon,on his return from the crusades in the holy land stopped off at the church and was carrying a relic,to wit the stone that St John was beheaded on.So they named the church thus.There is a YEW- WHITE POPLAR tree in the churchyard(see photo) being double-headed.
We set off down the hill,up the hill,across the fields(where harvesting is in full swing)towards Seed hamlet.
At the top of the downs SNOAD FARM the farmhouse (pictured)has a ROYAL STEWART coat of arms on its main wall and the cottage is dated 15th century.
Local legend has it that it was a safe house for Royalty in the event of trouble.
Thence on to Otterden place where we paused for lunch,with the ubiquitous
Buzzard flying about again.
Green Farm ,Stalisfield ,across the fields and back,stopping to pick large sweet ripe blackberries on the way.
5 of us 7-9 miles (opinions vary)warm,overcast/sunny at times