For the first time since last Summer, I met up with my son and his family for a glorious walk in the sunshine. There are still frosts every morning and a nip in the wind but the weather was just right for walking.
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We met in Hilton. You can find the walk on the Dorset Life website.
Quite a gentle uphill walk to get to the ridge from where we could see for miles and miles.
It was the first time I had met their 6 month old Border Terrier, Haggis
She is standing by a trough which I had to photograph for Cathy cos I know how much she likes them.
Ahead was our picnic spot.
A shelter made in memory of Mark Batchelor who died aged 32 in 2007.
The boys were intrigued by the little bits of memorabilia left on a shelf in the shelter, and we wrote in the Visitors book.
After lunch we set off again through woodland
Little Bro collected wild garlic and was fascinated by the wood anemones.
Then out across the ridge and down into the valley
There is something so refereshing about being up high and looking out across the county – deep breaths of clear Spring air certainly recharges the batteries.
Heading back to the village – a boy and his dog ran ahead
Once back in the village we said our farewells and then I went to investigate the church
and found this rusty iron headstone – how pretty
If I were to be buried, my daughter suggests ‘Rust in Peace’ as my epitaph!
To my surprise I could enter the church by the side door
And enjoy the peaceful interior
Just as I was leaving I noticed this piece of modern stain glass hanging from the ceiling. I do love to see modern art in churches
On the drive home I passed the rather spendid Milton Abbey, which is now part of a private boarding school
I got home just in time to watch the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh.
I am ambivalent about the place of Monarchy in our modern society, but there was something about this pared down ceremony to honour a life, on the whole, well-lived, that I felt I wanted to watch, to mark a point in history.
I hope you are having a happy weekend whatever the weather in your corner of the globe. xx