Saturday, 29 October 2016

My disappearing history

What have they done!

Kings Arms, Amersham
In the olden days, before colour radio, the two main buildings in any town were the church and the inn.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Dunstable Downs

Half a figure-of-eight between Whipsnade and Dunstable

Well. 

'Ancient Monument' in Dunstable
The plan was to pick up my car from the garage by walking from Dunstable to Iknield Farm.

But it wasn't ready.

Whipsnade's Tree Cathedral
We had already bought tickets so we decided to go anyway,


extending the walk into a figure-of-eight so we could travel back the way we had come.


A direct train from Harrow to Dunstable was possibe but involved visiting Farringdon tube station to pick up a Thames Link.


We arrived fairy late so we then decided to take a bus to Whipsnade and do half the walk!


Mayor's house and police station!
 A welcome break on this popular walk was made at the Gateway Visitor Centre, with its strange air scoop designed to provide green heating (or cooling depending on the time of the year) to the building.



 A nice day.
Data from OS
Lastly, found in Dunstable:

A barber's full of old guitars. Some of them signed!

 

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Short Herts Way meander

Kings Langley to Bricket Wood 5 1/2 mile stagger

Courtesy of OS
A beautiful late Summer day.


Saturday, 3 September 2016

'Useful Extras'

I found this while sorting out a box of old poo:



Takes me back to when my mates and I started car camping. We all started off camping as a group, one of us supplying all the kit (including the car - a trusty MK 2 Cortina)!

It was he who kindly compiled the list when I first ventured out on my own. I had an Escort at the time that had a habit of breaking down, hence the special items like clutch and AA membership!

Aah, memories...

In the Yorkshire Dales (Old Peculier country)
Looks like Inglborough or Whernisde in the background.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

An odd and an end. Not in that order.

The 'Odd' as in 'Odd day out'...


Clouds
Can't seem to get out lately. Just grabbed a moody day on Harrow Hill.

I spent a captivating half hour watching this fellow, hovering and diving just a few yards from his audience as they walked over the hill.



Even got a vid:
video


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Wednesday, 29 June 2016

I had to laugh yesterday...

On a lunch time jaunt around the local area I was reminded of a phrase my Dad used to say.

On spying a couple of young lads, sometimes my brother and I, loitering around with a shifty look in their eyes he was wont to say 'What are you two 'erberts up to?'

I imagine this is where they lived, along with their mate:


In other news...

Friday, 6 May 2016

Chasing bluebells on Mayday

 

Five peaceful miles around Wendover 

 

Aah, Spring.

Map data courtesy of OS

Did you know that Spring was once called 'Lent'?


The weather was perfect for a jaunt from Wendover in a hunt for views and bluebells.

 
Bacombe Hill provided the views

 
Linton's and Fugsdon Woods provided the bluebells.


Driving in to Wendover the kites were numerous and low flying, gliding effortlessly just above the trees.
 
When I parked and headed in the other direction, not one was nearer than a speck in the distance.


Also spotted and were muntjac deer, a green woodpecker and various other tits and sparrows and such.

Which way now?
Almost all of whom were too quick for my camera.


Sitting in the woods enjoying a banana, there were no other sounds but birdsong.


Much relax.