an Autumn ramble…

Sunday morning & the sun was shining. Not feeling the urge to go exploring in the car, a ramble round the village it was! We set off along the village green & over the main road to splash in the puddles on Cow Lane…

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…so called as it was used by the local dairy farmer, many years ago, to take his cattle for milking. That farm & the dairy halt on the railway are now long gone, but the name has remained.

Along the lane & over the mainline railway bridge the landscape opens up over the surrounding countryside…

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In the past the lane carried on to a neighbouring village, nowadays the footpath runs alongside the railway line. We love waving at the high speed trains, seeing if we can get a toot from the driver!

Autumn jewels were still to be found along there…

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After a while the footpath leaves the mainline railway, skirts around the edge of a field & up on to the old dairy line. Nothing remains of this old railway now except the overgrown embankment, which has created a lovely walk in all seasons…

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Dropping down off the embankment you end up on a disused World War II airfield – lots of history to talk about with the littlies on this walk!

Now we were no longer in the shelter of the trees there was a cold wind blowing across the airfield. Looking at the approaching sky it was time to head for home…

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I love these relaxed rambles with the family. I end up walking, in turn, with each of my children. We put the world to rights, sort out any worries they might have, reassure them that they’re doing well at school, & help them to make important decisions about their futures. Not things which can easily be discussed in a busy home, with everybody about & many distractions.

The countryside & fresh air is an amazing place for helping you to think clearly.

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Happy New Year!

The turn of the calendar saw a grey & drizzly day here in Staffordshire – that didn’t stop us going for a walk after lunch…

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We’d spotted a loop of geo-caches not too far from home – so off we went to find them…

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…a little bit muddy down the lane & across the fields after the snow melted last night!!

Found the first two geo-caches but number three behind the old railway eluded us…

…numbers four & five found – “hurray” – that’s 60 in total now!

Saw a lovely old gnarly tree on the way home – without its leaves it makes a great pattern silhouetted against the grey sky…

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…then back home for hot chocolate & an evening snuggled up with some chunky sock knitting!

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