The truth of the matter was that it was so very hot yesterday and today that I didn't want to sit in the sun the whole day.
So David devised a route to show me all the lovely places he had cycled through this week on his dawn rides and they were lovely.
|Out on the razzle.|
|A gated lane, a most secluded valley and tiny lake surrounded by flowers.|
Now I am going to be controversial, so going back two days when at Waddesham I wasn't exactly horrified at the building of a French chateau in Buckinghamshire well over a hundred years ago.... but here we are in the twenty first century and I don't think we should be building fakes or imitation buildings.
It began here when I popped out the car to open the gate, now you all know I love gates.. those old fashioned ones, made by skilled blacksmiths and hammered into wonderful curves.... This gate was plastic coated and probably made in China.
This new manor house or farm house or executive home, has a stone roof, or lookalike stone roof, concrete lintels an open stone porch. But shouldn't we be building modern contemporary looking forwards in design and invention not backwards but not fake?
|Oh and this gate is plastic coated too. I wouldn't be surprised if the lawn was plastic.|
I would be delighted to hear other views different to my own on this subject.
Moving on, this delightful former chapel has footings form the C12th, The Twelfth Century no less, no other former chapel in the world like it, its priceless to me. At one end its joined to what is now a cottage, now that is unusual.
|Dear little cottage and a C13th archway.|
|What a peaceful final resting place.|
Now we went onto a village called Deddington, it's really near Aynho, we had a walk around and I saw a few more crackers.
|Unspoilt ancient house with wonderful door.|
|Ancient house but I do have issues with the roof and the front porch.|
|Stone built house but look at the wall to see how it's changed over the centuries.|
|Oh my what a stunner, I would guess at Queen Anne, but look at the colour of cleaned stone.|
Supper was low key after yesterday, poached eggs on toast with roasted tomatoes and avocados.