|Newslands Corner, Surrey|
The mud was satisfyingly squishy, the pheasant remarkably near to its source, and the family life around the Aga all that I'd been led to expect from reading English novels.
|Annette Locator: Horsley, Surrey|
Saturday began with a 45 minute train journey into the wilds of Surrey, followed by an excellent coffee at The Pink-Footed Duck deli in the village of Horsely. I was given a mini-tour of Horsely (East and West), which took approximately five minutes. I learnt that the local butcher, Conisbee's, has been in business, and in the same family, for 300 years. Game featured heavily on its sign-board. I also learnt that the local manor family gloried in the name of 'Lovelace'.
|St Martha's on the Hill|
|How to build a hedgerow.|
|Excellent mud. Broke in the boots.|
|Ah, yes. An English pub. Beer a bit warm, but pleasant|
|Shere. With stocks.|
I learnt this interesting stuff from a small booklet obtained in 'The Lucky Duck Tearooms', where we enjoyed a cream tea and fruit cake. There is a lot of other good stuff in there, from the Domesday book to JM Barrie and George Meredith organising cricket matches...but we had to get on home to put the roast in the Aga. Which was duly accomplished, with the aforementioned excellent results.
|A new friend.|
'This England is a quarterly patriotic magazine for all who love our green and pleasant land'. I came across this magazine by chance, but it's contents sound intriguing:
All the regular features can be enjoyed in the winter issue – “Exploring England’s Coastline”, “Poets’ Corner”, “A Royal History of England” etc – but there are also a number of articles commemorating special anniversaries: the owner of an original Dunkirk “Little Ship” from 1940 tells us about his experiences, 100 years after his death the aviation and motoring pioneer Charles Rolls is remembered, and we take a walk along the cobbles of “Coronation Street” to celebrate 50 years in the company of Hilda Ogden, Ena Sharples, Ken Barlow and the rest…Very English.
|The Aga. Impressive.|
Map from : http://www.postcode-info.co.uk/east-horsley-info-63071.html