The Quest Continues

Had the chance of getting out for a decent ride today, so the plan was to head for the village of Ramsden located north west from home, a village I have never visited before.

Was rather taken by the colour of these cattle in Buckland.
This was the lane I was planning on using, however the heavy rains from Storm Alex over the weekend put paid to that.
The road is flooded as far as the eye can see, doesn’t normally flood this early in the autumn/winter season.
Arrived in Ramsden with almost thirty miles on the computer.
Very typical of the local building using the honey coloured stone of the Cotswold and in this case the stone tiles of a Stonefield’s roof where the tiles at the guttering are very much larger than those at the ridge.
On the way home through Appleton, the ridge of the cottage was being finished off. Interestingly one of the thatcher’s was a young lady, a most unusual though welcome occurrence, never seen that before.
From here I managed another twenty miles or so to record another ride my age trip.

14 response to "The Quest Continues"

  1. By: gregblood Posted: October 7, 2020

    I have always considered it a given fact that England has the thatched rooves, the quaint country lanes, the cool stone buildings, the funny place-names, the ancient history, etc. But never before, until now, have I ever seen the civilized grazing grounds your country provides for its cows. Thumbs UP!

    • By: DJG Posted: October 8, 2020

      Greg, that is the exception to the rule, most of the pastures are pretty wet and muddy due to the recent rains.
      That pasture looks more like parkland than farm land.

  2. By: Laura Posted: October 7, 2020

    I’ve been to Europe a few times and the Middle East once, but have never made it to England. Thanks for sharing your journey.

  3. By: The Navigator Posted: October 8, 2020

    Guess you needed to be towing along a kayak for portions of the journey. I love the texture in the stone roof, but the building looks like it would be cold in winter. Thank you for the thatch quotient for the week, too!

    • By: DJG Posted: October 8, 2020

      Em, yeah its been pretty wet the last weekend, there’s not much river traffic at the moment due to the speed of the current.

      Not sure how warm those style of buildings are in winter, but like the one in the photo they have been there a few hundred years.

      • By: The Navigator Posted: October 8, 2020

        Yes, I look at all those very old buildings and just shiver! How did they do it back then?! I huddle in one room all winter to keep my heating bills down – could you imagine trying to keep a space that big, with ceilings that high, warm?

        • By: DJG Posted: October 9, 2020

          Yes, a bit different now with central heating and cavity wall insulation.

          Must have had big wood piles.

  4. By: Bill Stone Posted: October 8, 2020

    Very nice, David. The latest (???) season of “Last Tango in Halifax” is currently showing on our local public broadcasting station, and I always look in the background for you cycling on those lovely country lanes.

    • By: DJG Posted: October 8, 2020

      Sadly Bill you look in vain, Halifax is probably close to a couple of hundred miles from here, not likely to be Questing up there.

      • By: Bill Stone Posted: October 8, 2020

        Well, that’s the end of that, then. No more episodes for me! Besides, Celia was really beginning to annoy me. 😉

        • By: DJG Posted: October 9, 2020

          You shouldn’t let that put you off watching, though it’s a bit of an odd accent, granted.

  5. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: October 8, 2020

    Nice ride — always enjoy the photos — very different from here.
    The thatched roofs remain fascinating.

    • By: DJG Posted: October 9, 2020

      Rich, thanks there is plenty more out there.

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