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Posted on June 26, 2017 by Sioux under General
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R&R time over, I headed for Lenham, back to an existing client. The countryside during the train journey was stunning, as the snow fall in the area had been a lot heavier than where I had been.

 

The client has a large garden and more than one bird feeder, so I had ample opportunity to get some decent shots of the local Robins and a Pheasant that came to visit. 

One little Robin seemed to enjoy having his photo taken as every time he

saw me in the garden, he hopped onto the wall or came closer in the trees. Maybe he thought I was bringing food! 

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Once the snow had stopped falling, I went exploring the area and found a stunning little church hidden in the trees. I had run out of time on the day I found it, so managed a photo from the road before I had to head back. Now I knew it was here, I would definitely be back, with no detours along the way!

Walking back along the lane, I saw some mist through the trees but not enough for a decent photo, so keeping an eye on the weather, I waited until there was a lot of mist and I headed back during my break. I wasn’t disappointed! 

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The floor tiles in the kitchen

fascinated me as there

were very definite faces in

the patterns.

 

Human, animal or alien ..…. all very distinctive. The client was very confused when he saw me photographing the tiles, until I pointed out the faces – then he was more fascinated than me! 

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Despite the clear blue skies, once the snowy weather had passed, it was still icy cold. The shrubbery in the mornings was often so coated in frost that looked like sugar crystals or fine shards of glass. 

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The day I went back to the small church was perfect. 

 

Thick mist wetting the roads, snow still fairly thick on

the grass and late afternoon sunlight through the trees gave the area an almost serene aura.

 

Saint Margarets, Wychling is one of the most isolated churches in Kent and only accessible when it is opened for summer services. 

The simple but appealing building is

full of ancient character. Norman in origin, it dates back to the 12th, 13th and 14th centuries! Unfortunately I couldn’t get inside, but I made the most of my time by exploring the surrounds. Amazingly this church is still lit by gas! Sadly it has been vandalised and now has modern glass in many of its windows but is still much loved and remains a true Kentish treasure. 

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While walking back to the house in the afternoon, the mist came in low and thick, making the roads look quite eerie. 

With only had a few days left in Lenham, after finding the church and due to the cold, I didn’t go walkabout again, and only went out into the garden when it wasn’t raining, other than that I found photo ops inside the house during my breaks. 

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Farewell Lenham and thanks for the snowy times. 

 

2 responses to “Misty roads and hidden churches”

  1. Chez says:

    Beautiful thanks Sue!

  2. Pauline Smith says:

    Wow – a winter wonder land. Love the Robin too. Is it quite normal to see Pheasant there?

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