IMG_1391

It’s our tradition to always take the dogs for a proper trot on Christmas Day. Last year, because of the deep snow, Emily & I took the dogs out for a four mile-r before lunch before it got too cold in the lengthening shadows, but this year we decided to do it afterwards, as the weather was so mild. And, of course, it helped work off the roast goose, potatoes, bread sauce, apple sauce, red cabbage, stuffing and St Julien.

My mother moved house in August, so we have a whole different set of walks to learn in this part of south Northamptonshire, and today, all Hunter-ed up, we headed for the village of Eydon, and the public footpath that runs past the 18th century village stocks (Really. Picture at bottom) through the ground of Eydon Hall.

IMG_1351

I eyed up the glorious Eydon Hall:

IMG_1357

Whilst I was lost in Austen/Heyer-esque reveries, Chloe strode ahead:

IMG_1379

Madam kept up valiantly:

IMG_1377

I taught P Bad how to get through a lych gate, and I got to climb over several stiles in my accustomed stylish manner:

IMG_1401 IMG_1402

(I’ll spare you the photo with my bum in the air as I got stuck on the top.) I finally got P Bad to cross a stream – she normally hates bridges. Chloe standing at the end was probably a spur.

IMG_1388

IMG_1400

I had always presumed that these stocks on the Green by the entrance to the Hall were a modern pastiche, but today I finally read the English Heritage plaque attached to them. They are believed to date from the 18th century, and were last used to calm down a Waterloo pensioner who used to get blind drunk every time he picked up his pension.

IMG_1414

Eydon church, hard by the Hall.

IMG_1409

IMG_1353

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

You May Also Like

5 comments

Reply

What a lovely afternoon. Glad you tracked down your goose. May the rest of your holiday continue blissful. Merry Christmas. xx

Reply

Merry Christmas! (very cute pictures)

Reply

I wish I were English! Looks like a lovely time. Merry Christmas!

Reply

Beautiful photos … again 🙂

And yes … a very stylish and ladylike manner of climbing over stiles you have got going on there. Love the final photo of the sun setting. Gorgeous!

Reply

Looks stunning, that’s one thing I love about going home for Christmas too. Nothing like a treck through the fields with the dogs.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.