a tale of two quests

Yesterday’s plan was to visit the small hamlet of Fyfield Wick,  drizzle was forecast for the early afternoon, so I set mid morning just as the heavy rain began.

Taking around about route I got to Appleton where the scene of the following two photo’s took my eye.

Lovely iris’s in the village pond.

Even the entrance gateway is thatched.

By this this time the rain was getting very heavy the wind was moderate and cold.

So cutting my losses I headed for home, stopping briefly the record a rather drab river scene a mile or so from home.

By this time I was more than happy to get home for a hot shower and lunch.

Distance – 22 miles.

Journey – Solo.

Bike – Spa Audax.

Today was a much different story, a warm sunny though very windy day.

I didn’t have too long to be out today and I needed to visit our lottie to check on any damage from yesterdays weather.

Everything was good so not staying long it was time to get Questing.

Terrace of thatched cottages in Milton, the porches have been added since I last came this way.

Sheltering for the sun, near Milton Heights.

Main drag through Harwell village, nice to see the bunting out to greet my visit.

Thatched timbered cottage in West Hagbourne.

Love the herring bone brickwork of this period house in East Hagbourne.

Heading home now there was just time to call in on the bridge over a back water of the Thames called Swift Ditch.

Not used by traffic apart from foot traffic.

This is one old bridge with an awful lot of history.

Time to ride the last three miles home.

Distance – 21 miles.

Journey – Solo.

Bike – Tifosi Classico.

8 response to "a tale of two quests"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: May 30, 2019

    Great tour, enjoyed the photos, especially the herringbone bricks.
    1416 Bridge! Incredible!

  2. By: Tony Cullimore Posted: May 30, 2019

    Wow – 1416! I wonder how old the oldest bridge in England is.

    Well, looked it up. Tarr Steps (a clapper bridge) on Exmoor is said to be either from the Bronze Age or 1400’s so maybe the bridge pictured here could give it a run for it’s money. Especially as Tarr Steps has been rebuilt a number of times. Thanks Wikipedia.

  3. By: Bill Stone Posted: May 31, 2019

    Interesting photos. I thought for a moment I might be in a lost episode of “Last Tango in Halifax.” My English geography is not as strong as it should be, so I used Google maps to locate West Hagbourne. The map also displayed a picture of a building, which I recognized as a different view of the same “Thatched timbered cottage in West Hagbourne” you photographed. Brilliant!

    • By: DJG Posted: May 31, 2019

      There are a few other thatched dwellings in the village though none are timbered as I remember

    • By: DJG Posted: June 1, 2019

      We are blessed with historical buildings etc

  4. By: Kathleen Jones Posted: June 1, 2019

    Do you know the Lost Lanes books by Jack Thurston? Makes me want to hop over to Blighty and start riding. That photo of the lightly-used trail reminded me of that.

    • By: DJG Posted: June 1, 2019

      No I’m not familiar with that one I must look it up.
      Some of the single track roads in the hills south of here have grass growing done the middle mostly used by farm traffic.

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