Today, the sun was shining through the windows while the air was fresh and crisp. Although the first day of fall, it felt like an August morning. Instead of unpacking and sorting my goodies from America, we decided to go and explore outlying villages.
Our first stop was Whitchurch were we walked up high street (think the main shopping area) where we found a very authentic English coffee shop. There we sat for a rest, had a coffee and enjoyed toasted tea cakes. (Similar to an English muffin, but with raisins…go figure.)
I just love a well made cappuccino!
After our coffee break, we strolled up the street to visit the largest landmark in town: St Alkmunds Church. Of course, I couldn’t help snapping dozens of shots of the stained glass (as always). Here is my favorite…
The alter of St Alkmunds Church.
After Whitchurch, we decided to grab some eats and have a picnic lunch in another village: Bangor-on-Dee.
This was the view as we had a fall afternoon picnic. Bless.
After our lunch pit stop, we took a wrong turn, and ended up in Ellesmere. Neal wanted to show me (of all things) the duck pond. And this wasn’t a normal duck pond. This is was mini-lake that happened to have geese and ducks.
And whenever there are ducks and geese, there always families enjoying the wildlife. This allow Neal and I to have another perfect people watching moment. There were these parents who were encouraging their two sons to feed the geese right out of the palms of their hands. Needless to say, the younger one was bit multiple times. All I kept thinking was about all the geese videos in America’s Funnies Home videos and this is how they come about: One person encouraging the other just a bit more to get closer to the bird. Neal and I were cringing the entire time, waiting for a single goose to go ape shit and attack. (It never happened, but watching the kids get to eye level with the geese was entertaining enough.)
Would you miss with this guy? Yeah, neither would I.
It was a fun afternoon out and about. I will say, each time we are driving on a day excursion we are always talking about our future visitors. Creating day trips and wondering what they want to see. Now all we need to know is who will the first international guests be!
PS- I am sorry for all the different photo effects, but I just found PicMonkey and I am loving this free site.