A rather smudgy photo of a Coach Jack, which I'd never come across before and found interesting as my g.g.g. grandfather drove the Exeter coach, back in the day.
I have had a wanderlust in me this week and needed to Get Out - and also not to garden two days in a row as I was still aching from tacking the overgrowth of undergrowth in the paddock and on the bank. I have started the summer tidy and got a reasonable amount done, even discovering my wee Crab Apple trees and the grown-from-pips apple trees I bought with me from Ynyswen. I have given them a good muck-heap feed.
I took in four churches, heading up the Leominster road a short way and then dropping back to Eardisley. On the outward journey I stopped off at Whitney Church, familiar to Kilvert of course, and spotted a well-covered blackberry bush in the turning area.
This was the list of incumbants at Whitney - 1834 - Richard Lister Venables - Kilvert's boss.
Overcast here and threatening rain. I may tackle the paddock again with my shears before it gets wet . . .
This gave Pam's Sat-Nav a real workout, as the only directions I had were in a book, which said "about 2 miles behind Vowchurch and Turnastone (both worth visiting. Since we were approaching it from the A465, this information was not a lot of use! Anyway, as you will see, it was well worth seeking out. In fact, we were walking in the footsteps of Poet Laureate John Betjeman, who wrote of it: "My own memory of the perfect Herefordshire is a Spring day in the foothills of the Black Mountains and finding among the winding hilltop lanes the remote little church of St. Margaret's where there was no sound but a farm dog's distant barking. Opening the church door I saw across the whole width of the little chancel a screen and loft all delicately carved and textured pale grey with time."
Outside, the churchyard was God's Little Acre, with just a mown pathway around the church and masses of wild flowers - Bedstraws, Wild Carrot, Knapweed,. Definitely one to seek out if you are in the area (and you can do Kilpeck in the same day, as we did), but be mindful that Kilpeck is currently being re-roofed and so two thirds of the beautiful carvings are surrounded by wriggly tin and can't be viewed.
Details of the church interior taken from the little Church booklet which is well worth spending £1 on.