Battleaxe's garden is a strange mixture of spring flowers and things that should be out later in the season. Birds are also very busy. Here are a few flowery pictures, and our regular goldfinches eating their nyger seed. Where do they build their nests?
|Snowflakes with forget-me-nots|
|Tulips and daffs...|
The little church is set in the middle of a very large, peaceful graveyard, full of old and interesting graves, with indeed, many beautiful trees, and woods all around.
Unfortunately, the church itself was locked, with no indication about when it might be open or where to find the key. So many churches are like that these days. What if you were suddenly caught short with a need for spiritual sustenance? What if you are a Battleaxe trying to write about local churches?
We had a prowl round outside. The wildflowers in the graveyard were beautiful - wood anemones, celandines, primroses, violets, narcissi and bluebells, all out together.
|Church in the Wood|
|Wood anemones in the churchyard|
|Old and interesting graves|
|Before restoration and rebuilding|
Charles Lamb visited the church in 1823, and wrote the following:
'The best thing I hit upon was a small country Church (by whom or when built unknown), standing bare and single in the midst of a grove, with no house or appearance of habitation within a quarter of a mile, only passages diverging from it through beautiful woods, to so many farm houses. There it stands, like the first idea of a Church, before parishioners were thought of, nothing but birds for its congregation...'