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Rickmansworth Aquadrome
Tuesday, 29 June 2010 00:00
Another little event that has become an annual occurrence: accompanying my friend Eve to her main checkover at the Harefield Heart Clinic, a morning of assorted tests and a late afternoon appointment with the consultant, which gives us time for a leisurely lunch and a stroll through the pretty Rickmansworth Aquadrome nearby.

The Aquadrome is a local nature reserve with two large lakes and a series of small waterways and ponds, home to many species of water fowl and some huge dragonflies (which sadly have so far eluded my photographic efforts...)! The area is crisscrossed with walkways and lawns for relaxation, and the main lake is used for boating.

lake web 

Tags: Canals_Canalboats | Choice for Month | Fowl_Poultry | Parks_Gardens

 
In Kent with Emily
Monday, 13 September 2010 16:59
Today we had a rather unusual excursion: our friend Emily hired "the man with the van" to pick up an antique dresser from her hometown of Cranbrook in Kent.  As we hadn't had time for a good long chat recently I decided to join them for the hour-plus drive (not to mention "curiosity kills the cat"...). Wink

To my surprise, it was Sean (who normally disapproves of my photographic antics) who prompted me to get the camera out and take some photos along the route when we met this rather strange sight of a doubledecker bus in the countryside. This was on the B2085 - quite an overland plod...
bus_web  

Tags: Dogs | English Icons | Fowl_Poultry | Furniture | Man with Van | Villages | Windmills

 
The Pretty Village of Shere
Sunday, 26 September 2010 00:00
Shere's got to be one of the prettiest villages in England. It reminds me much of those National Trust protected villages I visited in Wiltshire - Castle Combe and Lacombe. Shere would be able to compete with them for prettiness and authenticity easily if they got the parking problem sorted. Whereas in Castle Combe and Lacombe road-side parking is prohibited between 10am and 6pm (big carparks outside each end of the town, even for residents who don't have hidden parking!) Shere is always parked up bumper to bumper, which is just SO ugly. Apart from the cars, the village is a gem!

Approach to Shere from the forest path (via another ford across the Tilling Bourne!) and the first cottages that came into sight:
cottage_entrance 

Tags: Churches_Chapels | Family Walks | Fowl_Poultry | Fruit_Veg | Pubs_Teahouses | Shopping | Villages

 
Shere Walk
Sunday, 26 September 2010 00:00
This month's family walk took us all to the North Downs, courtesy of Sean's arrangement with his best friend Jezz to be our guide for the day. Although the weather was rather disappointing (grey, cold and partly drizzling) it was a wonderful walk in a beautiful setting. I took so many great photos I want to share that I'll have to split this into various posts! Here's an overview of the walk, Gomshall to Shere through Little London, Albury Park and Shere Heath, and back, the people, the dogs and the scenery. Wink Link to Google Map section of Gomshall and Shere.

What really struck me all the way through was the neatness of the place - well maintained pathways, stiles and kissing gates; managed estates, pretty houses and cottages with beautiful gardens - more photos on houses and gardens in "Seen along the way" post.
alley

Tags: Chiefie Dog | Dogs | Family Walks | Farm Stock | Horses | Sean | Trees

 
Seen Along the Way
Sunday, 26 September 2010 00:00
A few special things - pretty, odd and otherwise:

I loved the way people paid attention to their front gardens around here - the  one that held the putty was barely two yards square while the little fox guarded the driveway of something more like a manor house:
deco_putty 

Tags: Family Walks | Statuary_Monuments | Street Furniture | Villages

 
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