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.
I stopped to buy Cherries (and a punnet of huge Raspberries) at Moorcourt Farm on the junction with the Hereford road, and begged an empty punnet and on my way back, stopped off and picked the best blackberries.
These cherries are just SO luscious and full of flavour. I got them for Keith, who loves cherries, but I am not averse either!
THE best thing in Eardisley church is of course the Herefordshire Romanesque font. Lots more details when I do the post on it.
There is an absolutely SUPERB Jacobean table and gilded Reredos at Kinnersley. There is a castle behind it - not a grey stone type castle but one more like a glorious old house, and this must have come from there. Keith fell in love with this and we are going to see it again in the next few days. First I have to get some air in the wheelchair tyre which has a slow puncture. I said it was a level approach but Keith very wary of even the tiniest incline and so the wheelchair will be in the car just in case we need it.
This was the list of incumbants at Whitney - 1834 - Richard Lister Venables - Kilvert's boss.
Finally, I stopped off at Clyro, Kilvert's church.
Overcast here and threatening rain. I may tackle the paddock again with my shears before it gets wet . . .