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A Walk in the Countryside

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A Walk in the Countryside

A Walk in the Countryside

I have just taken Martha the dog out for her walk. It is very pretty countryside around here – a lot of visitors come to the village especially to enjoy the scenery as several guidebooks recommend the area for walking.

One guidebook advises:

This walk is one of three in the attractive chalklands south of the M3  the furthest extension west of the South Downs.

The walk :
It starts in the village of Castle Coop, which lies on the west bank of the River and has an unusual and charming character all of its own, recognised by the designation of much of the village as a conservation area. Castle Coop contains many buildings of special interest, which include the thirteenth century church of St Mary with its Norman chancel and north door, the Malt House with its oversailing upper storey supported on curved brackets and the Mill, an old flour mill reputed to have been working until circa 1935.

The walk, in a figure-of-eight, takes you out of the village around the nature reserve, along the canal towpath, back into Castle Coop, then over the Canal Tunnel and across fields to Upper Coop, to a second church.  For those walkers with an interest in architecture, over a dozen of the houses and farms in Castle Coop alone feature in Hampshire Treasures; see Additional Info’….


Martha and I have just tried it out. Here we are enjoying the recommended sights on our walk in the countryside this morning.

1. Photo taken while walking past the thirteenth century church of St Mary:

Wet walk 1


2. Photo taken when strolling along the canal towpath:

Wet walk 2


3. Photo taken while we were striding over the Canal Tunnel and across fields to Upper Coop

wet walk 3


4. & Finally, Martha & I posed for this last photo while pausing to admire the 12 or so Historic Hampshire Treasures on our return to Castle Coop:

wet walk 4


We are both completely sodden.

Yours, having failed to appreciate my walk in the countryside.

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Our Anniversary!

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Our Anniversary!



Our Anniversary!


Today The Agent & I have been married for 32 years!

Sir Burford Brown came by and seeing our Anniversary cards, kindly wished us a happy celebration. Then he asked if we’d realised that these days, you get less time for murder & roared with laughter.


Happy Anniversary faint

We were married at 2.30 in the afternoon and The Agent was late as he went to the wrong church first by mistake. Without realising he was at St. Francis’ church instead of St. Michael’s, he walked all the way up the aisle with his Best Man, only to find another Groom in morning dress already seated in the front pew glowering at him.

10 reasons why I’m glad the Agent realised his mistake & didn’t marry the other bride (& apparently she was extremely pretty) instead of me :

  1. I like remembering him singing ‘Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer’ at our wedding.
  2. I don’t think my life would be much fun without either him or the Chicks major, minor and minimus in it.
  3. He always brings me a cup of tea in bed on Saturday & Sunday mornings.
  4. He doesn’t get cross when I wake him up in the night to tell him something I’ve just thought of.
  5. He doesn’t mind when I burn the supper. I hope that he doesn’t anyway.
  6. He makes me laugh.
  7. He showed me how to use the gears on my bike and then showed me again.
  8. He gives me flowers.
  9. He didn’t get cross with me when I pranged his car.
  10. He shows me where the constellations are in the night sky and tells me what the stars are called.





Yours hoping that he really didn’t mind too much when I dented the car,

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The Castle Coop Week in Focus

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The Castle Coop Week in Focus

The Castle Coop Week in Focus:



It’s Saturday night and while the Agent is in the Ox and Moose, I am busy noting down the highs and lows of this past week for us all.

The Agent:

The-Agent portrait


The Highs: The Agent had a good time on holiday boating on the Norfolk Broads with his brother, staying on the dearest little boat


& spending a lot of time walking along the beach. The weather was good enough to give him a suntan.

The Lows: Unfortunately he was bitten 3 times by a very nasty, angry horsefly . On returning to the marital nest, he was depressed to notice I’d let weeds get into the vegetable patch.


Lady Egality:

Lady Egality, editor portrait

The Highs: Lady Egality  has been busy harvesting a good crop of broad beans and many courgettes with which she is pleased.

The Lows: Roger Federer ( of whom Lady is an extremely dedicater supporter) lost the Wimbledon’s Men’s Final.


Sir Plym:

Sir-Plym headshot round

The Highs: Sir Plym spent an enjoyable day at Lords watching  the Test Match with his brother .

The Lows: England played badly, getting hammered by Australia (although they won the earlier Test Match at Cardiff).


Brown Owl:

Brown-Owl headshot round


The Highs: Brown Owl has been extremely busy organising the Brownie Revels which will take place during the last weekend in July. The badges due to be presented to the Brownies during the Revels Presentation Ceremony, have arrived in good time from the Guiding Headquarters so she doesn’t have to worry about them getting lost in the post.

The Lows: The mobile library which was due to come to Castle Coop yesterday, was cancelled as John the driver, has flu.


Lady Nudge:

Lady Nudge ed portrait


The Highs: Lady Nudge is cruising in the Med with Lord Eftie. Right now, they’re just off Monte Carlo.

The Lows: apparently it is terribly hot.

Trev the Rev:

Trev-the-Rev headshot

The Highs: Trev the Rev preached a well – received sermon last Sunday about the Gay Marriage vote, saying he was sure the decision would receive majority support both in the USA & the UK & that among the younger generation it will be overwhelmingly popular.

The Lows: there weren’t any really apparently, except the thunderstorm on Thursday night frightened his dog.

Liberty Hen:

LLH headshot round



The Highs: Lady Egality has loyally bought most of the cards from my shop. I’m loving it being Pimms season again. Mown grass & bunches of sweet peas are making the air smell summery.



wishing the Agent was here



The Lows: I missed The Agent while he was away & the dishwasher has packed up.



Yours worrying how quickly a week passes by these days,

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Liberty Hen opens a shop!

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Liberty Hen opens a shop!




Liberty Hen opens a shop!

It’s true! I am now officially a shopkeeper!

The Agent & I have opened a little shop in Castle Coop!


Shop Logo Header F


Instead of watching the tennis, we have been very busy clearing out the spiders from the corners & mopping up rain from the floor. Paint-colours have been chosen and the shelves filled up with cards made with pencil shavings by Ruth Jackson to buy. I like them so much – how I wish I’d made them myself!

Mopping the new shop's floor

Please come to our Grand Opening Party


TAH Shop Grand Opening Party


Lord and Lady Nudge have agreed to cut the ribbon!  They’re going to arrive in the Bentley which will make our Grand Opening Party incredibly stylish.

Lord & Lady Nudge



I’m thrilled to bits!

Do come and join us amongst the greeting cards by pressing this link.

Sir Plym & Lady Egality are handing around glasses of Pimms and Lady Sebright has made some scrumptious- smelling brownies which she’s hidden from Colonel Pyncheon. As I type this, the Agent is getting the barbecue ready with his wing-man, the Chairman of the Village Hall. We are all having to manoeuvre around Brown Owl who has sat down right in the middle of all the to-ing and fro-ing with an instruction booklet – apparently she is trying to master the till.


Shop Header F TY


Yours, feeling like a fully signed-up member of the ” nation of shopkeepers “,

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Royal Ascot Hats!

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Royal Ascot Hats!





Royal Ascot Hats!





Hats Off to Lady Eftie Nudge’s Royal Ascot Hats!

Lord and Lady Eftie Nudge have been racing all week. They flew the Castle Coop flag for us all at Royal Ascot.

Lady Nudge cipher

I am delighted to feature ‘A Stylish Selection of Ascot Hats’ below so we can all enjoy seeing the remarkable headgear Lady Nudge wore throughout the Royal Ascot week.



The Queen Anne Stakes



The Prince of Wales's Stakes

Ladies’ Day:

Ladies' Day


King Edward V11 Stakes



The Chesham Stakes

Picture source: Lady Eftie Nudge



If you look hard enough at the pictures of Ascot race-goers in this link below


perhaps you’ll see Lady Nudge waving from a box near the Queen’s one in the Royal Enclosure.



Yours wondering if I should take up hat-wearing (although my social events mostly take place chatting by the supermarket check-out).

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