If I’m going to start blogging again, why not start with the latest walk in the countryside?
Today was Easter Sunday, and (unusually for a UK holiday weekend) the weather was lovely. Blue sky, very little cloud (some high-level cirrus aviaticus), warm without being hot.
Cottington’s Hill, Kingsclere, with the TV mast to the right of the photo.
The four of us followed a well-worn path, starting near the George and Horn in Kingsclere and ascending The Dell, crossing Hollowshot Lane then over the fields towards Cottington’s Hill (pictured above). I was delayed leaving and didn’t catch the others until the top of the hill, roughly 2km into our walk. The kids are somewhat older than in the last walk I blogged; the eldest brought their r/c car (a Tamiya Rising Fighter) and the youngest their headphones. Not entirely sociable but at least we were all out for a walk.
A recently-ploughed field, with power lines striding across it.
It has not rained here for a while now, and as a result all bar the soggiest parts of our route were dry underfoot. The remaining mud and water could usually be avouded although the r/c car did seem drawn towards it, as if by some mysterious force …
Traditional barn, 20th Century roof and 21st Century power.
This barn at Plantation Farm caught my eye. The structure itself could have been built any time in the past 1000 years (possibly without the sliding doors) and it looks very much like any number of historic English barns. However rather than being thatched or tiled, it’s been re-roofed in “wriggly tin”, galvanised corrugated steel sheet. The roof is old enough that most of the galvanising has eroded and I can’t help but think it will need re-roofing again before too long. However that hasn’t stopped the enterprising owner from fitting 16 solar panels, probably totalling 4kW or so, to the roof. It was a wonderful day for solar power!
Our route, from Runkeeper.
By the time we looped back to Kingsclere we had covered almost 10km (6 miles) and were definitely ready for lunch.