So into the New Year, the days were dark and the days were cold. They were so cold that for about ten days, we had snow showers. Parts of the country were really badly affected, but here in the south east we really only had the best of the bad weather. No snow drifts, no road closures and thankfully too very few accidents, all in all we had about three inches of snow tops. We were both thankful though as January grew to a close, that the darkness that descended every evening, seemed to be hanging off just that little bit longer. Spring is on the way !!!!
As we entered the last day of the month, the weather forecasters were also feeling better too. They all forecast better weather with temperatures rising, so we thought it was time to get out and go for a walk. Wondering what to do and where to go we looked online for some inspiration. We came to a website called Derelict Places and decided to try and look for an old abandoned church called All Saints(top right) in a small hamlet called Berners Roding in Essex.
We headed out and although nice weather was forecast, we had to get rid of the last of the rain, which came down in torrents for a little over and hour. After going down many flooded country roads we decided that it was too wet to look for that church, so we moved on to look at some others. Understand right from the start that neither of us are at all religious, but we just love the church architecture and old buildings which give character to the countryside that surrounds it. A character which is sadly missing from the many newer buildings built during the last 70 years. We made it to St. Botolphs church in Beauchamp Roding first(stained glass window and above left), then the wonderful St. Marys in Hatfield Broad Oak(above top right) .The church is all that remains of a medieval priory, suppressed by King Henry VIII. This church has been a centre for Christian worship, mission and compassion for over 850years, and is still at the centre of village life today. We then stopped briefly at the grand Holy Trinity church in Pleshey(above bottom left).
In between times we managed a walk in the woods and as per normal couldn’t resist stripping off and had a nice naked walk through the trees in the woods. It was our first outdoor nude venture this year, but it was good feeling the sun and the wind on our bodies. Later we came across somewhat surprisingly a medieval knight carved from an old tree stump in the middle of Garnett Woods. Garnetts Wood is an ancient coppice woodland owned and managed by Essex County Council. A knight was given the wood in the 12th century and in his memory there is an imposing wooden statue carved from a tree stump.We could imagine someone taking a shortcut home from the pub on a misty night and coming across this knight in the gloom, they’d probably run a mile. Hopefully February will be kind to us as it was last year and maybe we can go out on many other walks and visit a few beaches as well.
“Incedunt nudi, nudi erant autem uterque nudi et non erubescebant ”