Montgolfiere Weekly

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Looking for Tilling


By Patricia Lightfoot

A walking tour of the little town of Rye in south-east England, not far from Hastings, led us through time to the happy, insulated world of Tilling, which is the setting of a number of entertaining social comedies written in the 1920s and the 1930s by author and thrice mayor of Rye, E.F. Benson. If you were to read just one of the books, choose Mapp and Lucia, in which these two redoubtable foes, Miss Elizabeth Mapp and Emmeline Lucas (Lucia), first appear together, Continue reading “Looking for Tilling”

A place and time

By Patricia Lightfoot

Place: Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, England

Time: August 26, 2015

What was happening: England has its Brexit woes, but its countryside is a great place to walk because of its well-signposted public footpaths, on which the pedestrian’s right of access is protected by law. The photo above was taken on a walk that started off in the Cotswold village of Winchcombe and took us on well-marked paths through rolling countryside, past farms built of the local pale honey-coloured stone and through fields. At a polite distance, we walked past sheep, cows, horses, and numerous Gloucester Old Spot pigs and their piglets. It was like walking through a real-life version of a children’s jigsaw puzzle showing an idyllic English country scene. The walk ended with a ploughman’s lunch at The Corner Cupboard, which is a suitably ancient pub where ramblers, as they are known here, often stop for refreshments. That’s the other great thing about walking in England, there’s always a local pub. Continue reading “A place and time”

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