Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Through Stert Farm and Churchyard to Potterne Bluebells Wood.

Out with the Nordic poles in a field somewhere near Stert
It was an interesting walk, and one that I had never discovered before, even though I've lived in Devizes for twelve years.  The fields are luscious green at the moment, and because we have so much rain in the last year,  everything is growing  like "wildfire."  The dandelions and celandine are a wonderful vivid yellow, and the bluebells in Potterne Woods, a soft, hazy shade of blue.  The colours in the sunshine are so very beautiful at this time of year.

In church of St James, Stert.
The kneelers are stacked here on a shelf on the pews, making an interesting and unusual view of the church.  I have never seen then placed like this before in any church.  The church dates from 1232, when it was first mentioned in the annals of Urchfont church, in a village a few miles from Devizes.  In 1835 an infant's school was established at the parents expense, which accommodated nine girls and two boys.  A school for 25 older children was built in 1841.

Bluebells in Potterne Woods.
We headed back to Devizes via Drew's Pond, Pans Lane, Hillworth Park and eventually into the Market Place for lunch in "The Silk Mercer."  A lovely walk with good company and a beer at the end.

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