This week the Church Explorer takes you to St James the Great in Denchworth which is not far from Wantage. The church looks very historic from the outside, just a shame it was not open but I do intend to return when I find out it is.
Sunday It rained a lot of the day and when it stopped I looked out and noticed the sun was shining, I thought would there be a rainbow so looking out the opposite side I noticed the end of a rainbow. So I got my phone then Going around the front of the house I spotted the whole arc
There used to be a railway that ran from Didcot to Newbury then onto Southampton. It went over the Berkshire downs and on to Newbury till the 1960's when Dr Beaching had it and many others closed down. Mush of it can still be traced which is what I did a number of years ago. Part of it went through a village called Hampstead Norreys where there was a station and a bridge it went under. I first stopped off there to see what remained in 2011. This post is a little longer than I normally make it.
This was where Hampstead Norreys station used to be
And this was where the railway went from the bridge on the right towards Hermitage
Last year West Berkshire council made the old line into a cycleway where people could ride or walk between the two villages
It is certainly a far cry from the saplings that used to bar the way
This is the view towards the bridge which is downhill. I suspect the cutting was partly filled
Above looking through the station to the road bridge, Hermitage is in that direction
Further after coming from Hampstead Norreys you go through another cutting the under a bridge
The last time I was here it was impassable with trees growing in the cutting
Now it is quite clear and easy to go along.
A little further brings you to the end near Hermitage
This week the Church Explorer visits St James Little Milton, a church I have been to many years ago but at the time it was locked. After the visit last week I found out St James was also open so I visited it on the way home for photos of the inside. Please visit the link and have a look.
Week ago we were coming back from Wales the sky slightly cloudy but mostly clear. As we came to the Prince of Wales bridge that spans the River Severn I thought it would make a great Skywatch as we came to the centre span
Back in September I posted a photo of this tractor parked on a hill. it was taken early one morning when my wife & I took an early morning walk up the hill near the caravan site we were staying at. We continued up the hill
Further along the track I looked back down
and over to the right towards the caravan site direction
I looked across the hillside and notice what looked like animals on the hill
Zooming in I could see pony's grazing
Last Friday I was up around 6am and while looking out the window at the kitchen sink I noticed a glimmer of light appearing so I necked through the patio doors and saw the first light of dawn. Well it was too good to miss so I grabbed my iPhone and went to watch the dawn