A delightful silhouette with the snowy field and the bare trees beyond. Some snow/ice left on the ancient lane. I’m not saying a word to the faithful bridge; what would you’ve done had it not been there? The wrought-iron gate is inviting...but you’re not tempted; it’s not open to the public maybe? It is indeed a picturesque cottage; I’d love to see inside too. The crooked house; what are those walls made of? The snowdrops were worth you going the wrong path; you’d have missed them otherwise. Those clouds look pestering; hope you didn’t have far to get to the bus stop; the skies were clear there; you missed the downpour?
My favorite kind of walk--mixing the architecture, history, plants and animals--so much to take in.An entire building that turns in the wind--gotta wonder how that works.I would love to add that green woodpecker to my list!
John - this has been a magical walk and just the sort I like on a cold day - brilliant stuff. We drove through Saffron Walden and I think a place called Little Walden last year. Very pretty. Stayed in Thaxted with friends.
I adore your picture of the pony... its surreal!
Nice walk, John. I like the white horse and the crookled house.
A fantastic adventure, like an epic poem in pictures and words, thoroughly enjoyable! Lots of places to admire :^)
Enjoyed the walk John, was there a crooked man, with a crooked wife in the crooked house?? Beautiful snowdrops, does that mean spring is in the air!!
What a fabulous walk and some wonderful old buildings. I lived in Saffron Walden many moons ago - there was a wonderful secondhand bookshop there in the old Sun Inn. I wonder if it's still there.
A fine set of pictures.
Thanks, everyone, I enjoyed having you along.Carole: The walls of the crooked house are lath and plaster, the plaster being decorated. No downpour materialised, though it had me worried!it's me: the mill is built around a central post on which it can be turned. Naturally enough they're called post-mills!Weaver of Grass: Thaxted! now there's a place I haven't been for years, almost forgot it existed!Sue Shep and Jack: the pony just stood and stared at me - probably knew I was lost - I took a few pictures but this is the only one with this surreal quality.Doug: Thanks for your kind words.Grace: I didn't want to disturb the crooked man as he may have had a crooked stick! It certainly felt like spring. More snowdrops coming soon!Rowan: I'll go and look for that shop when I get the chance.Rath: Good to hear from you.
I think my favorite of the photos is the giant tree with a skirt of yellow blooms. Its difficult to choose. I fancy there was a nip in the air--from the look of the grey sky.
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