Tetsworth and the Malvern Hills

A trip to Tewkesbury for a late birthday celebration for Tim. He was brought up in Broadway and wanted a trip down memory lane – Malvern Hills, Cotswolds etc.
we found a lovely little cottage on the banks of the Avon at Tewkesbury, overlooking the Severn Ham


The cottage was tiny and beautifully restored with the owners living next door https://www.tewkesbury-cottage.co.uk/
It was once home to a family of 9 children – unthinkable to us who all need ensuite and creature comforts.

We were blessed with dry weather and, although pretty cold especially on top of the Malverns, with the lovely fire in the cottage we had a lovely time.
Everywhere was eerily quiet due to the pandemic and it was not tempting to go to restaurants except for a lovely farm shop at Chadbury for lunch and restocking
http://chadburyfarmshop.co.uk/
Tim was able to visit Broadway – home for much of his childhood and reminisce about those days so all in all a very good break.
Plus Eileen kindly looked after Jock so not dog walking required!

The Walk in the Malverns started from Beacon Road car park where co-incidentally a group from Worcestershire Nordic Walking led by Carolyn were setting off on a walk.
We walked up to the beacon and the Queen Victoria Memorial and back via St Anne’s well and Earnslaw Pool – so many people happy to be in the wonderful ‘green gym’ of nature – dog walkers,
runners, mountain bikers, Nordic walkers and everything in between.


At Earnslaw Pool we met a wonderful woman who told us that because of the pandemic she had lost her job and therefore her home so was homeless and sofa surfing until the council could find her somewhere to live. She was so accepting and sure that everything will be Ok – very humbling

Views from the top were worth the climb and the mist cleared so you could see across the vale of Evesham and over towards Worcester

Another Chapter opens for Glynis

On a beautiful sunny day in September we ended our walks with coffee and cake at the farm Kitchen at Swiss Farm in Henley https://farmkitchen.cafe/
It had been a challenge to find somewhere with outdoor space that could be covered if the weather was inclement, could accommodate us
and we trusted to be following the Covid rules. It turned out to be a good choice with the added benefit of introducing some of the group to
Bosley Patch farm Shop – recently featured in Countryfile with Mary Berry https://bosleypatch.co.uk/
They sell mainly organic produce grown in the nearby ‘patch’ so completely fresh and their shop is open 24 hours a day – self service.

It is our loss that after 5 years Glynis and her husband have left the area to pursue a housebuilding dream and be more involved in the care of their new grandson but we are hoping that they
will be back occasionally, join us on some of our long distance walks when circumstances allow these to resume, and join us in Austria in 2021.

Photos are courtesy of those present who are all far better photographers than I am so thank you to those contributors

Walks with Jock during Corona – where my poles took me

Walking with my dog is an opportunity for outdoor exercise and also to enjoy nature and the beautiful Chilterns.

Keeping up my fitness and Nordic walking technique are vital for the post Corona era and as we hopefully near an easing of restrictions it will soon be possible to once again share my knowledge of the area and assist others in enjoying Nordic Walking in the Chilterns https://www.visitchilterns.co.uk/

https://www.visit-henley.com/things-to-do.html

Last weekend we walked from home, down through Henley, Pack and Prime Lane, Greys Green golf course, Rotherfield Greys and back via Badgemore. The sun was glorious and we saw very few people

a couple of dog walkers and joggers easy to keep our distance.

Dawn Chorus with my Nordic Walking poles

This morning was International Dawn Chorus Day which meant an early start at 5.30am

It was a beautiful morning with a pink sky – from the garden I could watch the deer grazing contentedly

while I listened to the countryside awakening. The birdsong continued for more than 2 hours so we were able to make recordings from our ancient Chiltern wood, the Thames riverbank and Culden Faw woods above Hambleden

For the birdsong and videos copy and paste the link

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Nordic walking round Henley

What a wonderful spring we have had with blue skies and warm sunshine – everything has been looking amazing. The lockdown with Corona virus has meant less air and road traffic and sights rarely seen like a deserted riverside at 8am. The birdsong is incredible and the night skies so bright.

Scents that I rarely notice like hawthorn blossom, cow parsley and horse chestnut flowers make you want to stop and sniff them. Foraging too has been a real bonus as we try to avoid supermarkets.

Ways to use nettle shoots apart from soup – nettle souffle was quite a hit, Dandelion leaves instead of rocket, wild garlic adorning salads, risottos and anything else. http://www.foragingcoursecompany.co.uk

No boats on the river means many more swans and other birds. Last year at swan upping there were very few swans so this is good news.

Pictures in the Quaker garden – a haven of tranquility

Henley is supporting key workers and vulnerable people during this pandemic. there are many gestures that raise a smile and the town has been divided up so that each neighbourhood has a support network

to support those self isolating or vulnerable in other ways. Surrounding villages are doing similar things

and many local suppliers are rising to the challenge. We are lucky to live in a beautiful and community spirited place – well done Henley https://www.henleytowncouncil.gov.uk/

 

Alternative uses for Nordic Walking poles during Corona shutdown

Obviously the best use for your poles is using them for Nordic Walking for your daily exercise quota. By using your poles you are getting more exercise than without and this time is an ideal opportunity to hone that technique to get the very best from it.

Our group so far have come up with dog agility, opening a gate with no hands to avoid contamination,Playing with the baby, using the poles to carry the foraging bag, beating the brambles and doing a sword dance using poles instead of swords.

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Uses for Nordic Walking poles during the Corona Virus shutdown

Our group is coming up with innovative ideas all the time. Obviously to get the most benefit from your

daily exercise allocation it is ideal to use the poles for what they are designed forĀ  but in more relaxing moments they can come in handy for many things.

If you have a dog you can use them as part of the agility course and many thanks to Eileen, Helen and Hector for sending photos of this

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and to Bridget for these – make a shelter, garden noughts and crosses,

hanging out the washing

and from Linda – how to keep the baby amused

and from Glynis – how to open a gate without touching it

 

and my efforts so far – sword dancing, foraging and beating back the brambles

 

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Open day at the Friends meeting House Henley

Once a year the Friends meeting House https://midthamesquakers.org.uk/henley-meeting/ – home to the Quakers in Henley on Thames opens its gardens for the snowdrops.

This is a real oasis of calm in Central Henley. We started our walk from Badgemore golf club https://www.badgemorepark.com/

and wended our way down past Friar park – home to Olivia Harrison, widow of Beatle George Harrison to reach the Fairmile, entrance to Henley from Oxford.

We were warmly welcomed at the gardens which were looking wonderful. Cake and tea completed the treat before walking back via the historic Lambridge woods.