Saturday, 25 April 2009

The Consequences of Ignoring a Breach!

For some reason the GPS thinks we're at Castlefield junction on the Rochdale Canal! We're not &, thus far, never have been. Perhaps the GPS is reincarnating or perhaps it just dreams of being there. Technology 'tis a wonderful thing, but when it goes wrong...... We are, actually, between bridges 130 & 129 and very beautiful it is too. Napton is 4 miles away as the crow flies and 6.6 miles by canal. It's great fun on foot as footpaths from each bridge allow you to cut out miles of bends & you can sit about looking cool whilst the boat driver slaves away at the tiller dodging oncoming craft.
I took the boys for a walk up into Wormleighton today off over bridge 128, what an amazingly beautiful, tiny, almost secretive place this is. All built around the manor and quite 'other wordly'. Like some kind of time warp.

I stopped to enquire of the guy in this cottage the whereabouts of the footpath heading out to the NE. I commented on what an amazing place it was. 'Huh' he replied, 'might look amazing to you luv, but it weren't very funny in winter at -10'. That told me then

As I walked out across stunning, rolling countryside, the evidence of pheasant breeding/rearing meant the dogs had to stay on leads. One huge area of woodland was completely surrounded by an 8 ft mesh fence with barbed wire on top & 2 strands of electric fence at 6 & 18 inches off ground level respectively - was the latter to deter fox or dogs? Those prospective pheasant chicks were better protected than most high security prisoners. Mad really when you think that you're hard pushed to give away a brace of pheasant these days (although we'll all ways be grateful). The big money/return on investment is all in the shoot.

Talking of monetary issues, the credit crunch clearly isn't an issue for this farmer and his kids - they were waiting for the helicopter to drop in & pick them up to go to Old Warden airfield for a few hours this afternoon. Popping by to look at the Spitfire & Hurricane before dropping them back at the farm. We had a few hours to spare but they never offered us a ride.

This is the panoramic view from our window tonight.

Beautiful Warwickshire - another very special day.
Oh yeah, the breach. The old moat round Stoneton Manor.


  1. My brother's lived and worked in Wormleighton for 35 years - and they're still not locals :-) Great pitures.

  2. Thanks Julie. Lucky brother. Is all the housing tied? Tell me more about it please it is fascinating as well as stunning.