Down The Lane

Today it is sunny here in rural Dorset.  I was beginning to think we’d moved to Ireland as the rain has been pretty relentless since we moved here.  The villagers we meet on our dog walks keep telling us how glorious it is around here in the spring and summer but, until then, I am determined to appreciate our new surroundings, especially when the sun makes a rare appearance.

I took the opportunity to walk down the lane to the post box unencumbered by the dogs for a change as, when I’m with them, it’s an unequal struggle to keep hold of their leads let alone wield a camera.

We live in an area famous for its stables of racing horses.  I know absolutely nothing about horses despite having quite a few ‘horsey’ friends.  These three might be retired or just kept for riding as they always seem to be in this barn whenever we pass by and I usually give them a stroke, even though I’m a bit scared of their big teeth.

Just past the horses we have a traditional red telephone kiosk.

There’s no telephone in it anymore but it is lit up at night and is maintained by the local community as explained by this notice inside.

(BT = British Telecom)

After that you approach the church  This parcel of land was donated for the building of a new church in the fifteenth century. A transept was added in the sixteenth century, but this was rebuilt in the early eighteenth century (1729), when the old one was considered too small for the congregation. The whole church was enlarged in 1882 and amongst other memorials, the church contains a thirteenth-century stone effigy of a crusader.  I’ve yet to go inside but I will do one day.

Carrying on down the lane past this tree that I imagine has seen years of flailing to keep the bank and hedgerow encroaching on the road so that it appears in cross section.

Further along the bank the snowdrops are flourishing

and looking lovely in the dappled sunlight.

Letter posted and on the way back past the old rectory

and the church.

Then past the stile that leads up the hill and over the fields – a walk I’m leaving until the ground has dried out a little bit otherwise the dogs – and possibly me – will need a hose down.

then back home again

where, in case you think I’ve given up on doing anything creative, I have just downloaded a zero waste dressmaking pattern as a little (or maybe big) challenge to myself.  More of which in a future post.


I hope the sun is shining where you are but, in the time it has taken me to write this post, the rain is back.

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  1. #1 by Evie Jones on February 5, 2021 - 15:17

    What a pretty spot you’ve landed in. A rural idyll indeed.

    • #2 by tialys on February 5, 2021 - 17:48

      It is. A little more rural than I originally had in mind but I’ll struggle on 😉

  2. #3 by Laurie Graves on February 5, 2021 - 16:29

    Oh, what a walk! Thank you so very much for taking us with you. Always a treat to see horses. The snowdrops are lovely, and the tree roots are incredible. Nature finds a way, doesn’t it? I’m with Evie—what a pretty spot you’ve landed in. Thomas Hardy country?

    • #4 by tialys on February 5, 2021 - 17:49

      It is indeed, we are in what Hardy called South Wessex I believe.
      This was a very short walk – probably ten minutes down to the post box and back so plenty more to see once I can get out and about more.

      • #5 by Laurie Graves on February 5, 2021 - 20:35

        Please take us with you if you get a chance.

      • #6 by tialys on February 6, 2021 - 10:21

        Will do!

  3. #7 by nanacathy2 on February 5, 2021 - 16:54

    Snowdrops are lovely but you have daffodils too- no daffodils in the neighbouring county of Wiltshire yet. What a pretty place it is for sure, and I’m really looking forward to you getting into the church- I’ve still not been able to see inside ours.

    • #8 by tialys on February 5, 2021 - 17:51

      Yes, the daffs have been showing bud for at least a couple of weeks now and some of them have opened up very nicely now. They must like the rain 🙄
      I’m not sure when or if the church is open – I must check. If I get in there I’ll definitely keep you informed – I know you love a nice church.

  4. #9 by Carol on February 5, 2021 - 17:13

    Looks heavenly.

    • #10 by tialys on February 5, 2021 - 17:53

      I can’t wait for the better weather. I’m imagining the fields in front of us full of new lambs playing in the spring sunshine 🤞

  5. #11 by CurlsnSkirls on February 5, 2021 - 18:46

    Lovely, lovely countryside when the sun is shining! Don’t have to use much imagination to know what rain must do — we’ve had an over-abundance of that over here. But no lovely snow drops or daffs, horses or lambs to gladden the eye. Or stiles, come to that! What pattern, I wonder? Am considering a skirt …

  6. #12 by magpiesue on February 5, 2021 - 19:43

    We have had what feels like constant rain lately too. It would be snow if it were colder. Snow would make for a pleasant change at this point! I didn’t realize snowdrops were so tall. No doubt there are varieties, some shorter, some taller. Lovely walk; thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • #13 by tialys on February 6, 2021 - 10:24

      We had a hard frost this morning but the sun is out and making the fields look as if they are covered in glitter.

  7. #14 by M. L. Kappa on February 5, 2021 - 20:32

    You seem to have landed in a really lovely spot. Spring should be wonderful!

    • #15 by tialys on February 6, 2021 - 10:23

      Everybody assures me that it will be. My sister-in-law lives just over the border with Devon and she is very enthusiastic about the area both in ‘normal’ times and in better weather. I must curb my impatience.

  8. #16 by Kellie on February 5, 2021 - 21:16

    What a lovely walk, really enjoyed that thanks and what a beautiful setting, the church looks so pretty 👌❤️

    • #17 by tialys on February 6, 2021 - 10:20

      It is and I must get inside it one of these days.

  9. #18 by katechiconi on February 5, 2021 - 21:19

    I’m not sure which I’d find worse, relentless cold rain or the relentless heat and humidity we’re currently enjoying. I can’t help feeling that cold damp is worse than hot damp… You’ve landed in a love piece of countryside, and I hope we’ll see more of it once it gets less soggy! What pattern did you download?

    • #19 by tialys on February 6, 2021 - 10:19

      To be honest, we had become fed up with the heat of summer in the part of France we lived in. Not comparable to your top temperatures and with much less humidity of course but it had become uncomfortable to go outside after about 9 in the morning until late afternoon much less do any work in the garden or anything. Nobody had air con of course and trying to sleep was difficult. My sister left Spain last year for the same reason.
      As an aside, I’ve noticed the postman in England still wear shorts – whatever the weather. What’s all that about?
      The pattern I’ve downloaded caught my eye not so much because of the style but because of the process and the fact that you can get a garment out of such a small piece of fabric. The link to the range is here she does a coat and a dress too but I’ve chosen the little crop shirt as it’s the sort of thing I might actually wear and will be an ideal small project to introduce me to the idea of zero waste dressmaking.

      • #20 by katechiconi on February 6, 2021 - 11:40

        Oh yes, I’m making the zero waste dress (which should probably be called the zero waist dress, it’s huge, despite me making the version that corresponded with my actual measurements. I’m reserving judgement till I actually put it on, but I think it may be necessary to turn it into some sort of coat. A pity, because the fabric I bought is lovely. I’m at the point of debating whether to actually attach the skirt (the final step) or abandon it as a pattern and do something else altogether with the bits I have. The shirt looks much more manageable!

      • #21 by tialys on February 6, 2021 - 13:13

        How spooky is that? Although I sort of guessed it would have been right up your alley – being both a different kind of pattern cutting experience and a no-wasteful way of using fabric. I have seen some lovely versions of the dress but I just don’t think it would suit me. She does do a duster type coat too but you might be too far along to swap it over now. Maybe you should have tried it out with some less-loved fabric first. Keep me posted.

  10. #22 by lifebyacompassnotaclock on February 5, 2021 - 22:49

    How blissful… living in Melbourne Australia I can imagine how the rain and cold feels as we have more months of rain than of sun … but when the sun does come out it’s glorious. The trip down the lane is beautiful 🤩. Thank you for sharing 💝

    • #23 by tialys on February 6, 2021 - 09:57

      I suppose if you live in a country famous for being green, you have to accept there will be rain. We’ve moved here in the wettest months of the year so the spring and summer will be a revelation although the S.W. of England is, statistically, supposed to have the most ‘comfortable, pleasant and predictable’ weather.

  11. #24 by craftycreeky on February 5, 2021 - 23:27

    Looks a beautiful spot to explore.

    • #25 by tialys on February 6, 2021 - 09:51

      I’m hoping for a period of relaxed restrictions to enable us to explore before the tourists descend – probably an unrealistic hope.

  12. #26 by anne54 on February 6, 2021 - 00:25

    Thank you for taking us on this lovely walk. It is seems so typically rural England ~ horses, churches, stone, green fields, snow drops ~ sigh!

    • #27 by tialys on February 6, 2021 - 09:49

      It really is typical with more populated nearby villages boasting lots of thatched roof properties. We did look at some of those when buying but the home insurance goes up alarmingly.

  13. #28 by kathyreeves on February 6, 2021 - 03:13

    What interesting things on your walk! I look forward to reading about them!

    • #29 by tialys on February 6, 2021 - 09:48

      There are lots of interesting places to see around here – we’re not far from the Jurassic coast, famous for its fossils, rocks and landforms – but we’ll have to wait until restrictions ease before exploring further. So frustrating.

  14. #30 by Wild Daffodil on February 7, 2021 - 10:38

    I am really enjoying your posts as you explore your new surroundings. 🙂

    • #31 by tialys on February 7, 2021 - 13:21

      I’m glad and, as restrictions ease, hopefully I’ll be able to go further than my garden and the post box 10 minutes down the lane. Well, we walk the dogs further but, at the moment, there isn’t too much to show there as the fields are empty of cows and sheep. Roll on Spring and being able to go further without feeling we’re doing something wrong 😷

  15. #32 by Lynda on February 7, 2021 - 16:54

    The walking tour was lovely, but that entry gate is divine!

    • #33 by tialys on February 7, 2021 - 18:12

      Yes, it’s nice to come home to.

  16. #34 by claire93 on February 8, 2021 - 13:52

    What lovely peaceful scenery!
    Little country lanes, and lots of fields and stiles . . . makes me rather nostalgic for home ^^

    • #35 by tialys on February 8, 2021 - 14:19

      It’s really very ‘English’ isn’t it – I’m just waiting (and hoping) for those little country pubs to open again – a delightful end (or middle) to a dog walk 😉

  17. #36 by Beads and Barnacles on February 8, 2021 - 20:28

    Ooh looks delightful. I think the rain has finally stopped here, but only because the temperature has gone below zero again. Btw even though it was -7 with the wind chill here today the postman was still wearing shorts! I went out for an hour and 3/4 walk earlier and it took me about 3 hours to warm up again!

    • #37 by tialys on February 9, 2021 - 12:09

      Yes, there’s an extremely chill wind – our fish pond has frozen over and has a layer of powdered snow on top. Brrrr!!
      What is it with the postmen? Are they doing it for a dare? Yesterday, ours was wearing a woollen bobble hat, a scarf, gloves and big thick jacket with a high viz vest on top – and shorts.

  18. #38 by Born To Organize on February 12, 2021 - 14:40

    I enjoyed this tour of your new neighborhood. I love the shades of green that only a good soaking can produce. I know you’re fed up with the rainfall, whereas here the few drops that fall are treasured.

    Those snowdrops are gorgeous! Your pretty lanes and churches and even the mud evoke a sense of wonder in this suburban gal. I hope the settling in continues to go well. I’m glad you’ve found time to walk dog-free so you could share these photos.

    • #39 by tialys on February 12, 2021 - 16:47

      I’m glad you like them Alys. It is quintessentially English isn’t it – just missing the thatched cottages, although the next village along has plenty of those. Too much extra house insurance for one of those though, otherwise we might have succumbed.

  19. #40 by Jamie@hookthisweavethat on February 19, 2021 - 10:55

    An interesting walk in a lovely day. Are they going to put anything in the telephone box? I’ve seen some use it for sharing books and others put a defibrillator in them like they have in a village up the road from me.

    • #41 by tialys on February 19, 2021 - 13:53

      Funnily enough I was just thinking it would be good to set up one of those little Free Library boxes outside our house but, what with the rain and the virus it might not be the right time. The telephone box is run by the community so next time I bump into one of the ‘pillars’ of that community on my dog walks, I might suggest it. I thought I had lots of books to give away/share but, in the end, I gave away hundreds of books before leaving France and only brought the few I haven’t read yet, my favourites and ones I intend to re-read. Still, I’m sure I could whittle them down a bit more.

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