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Langham   March 2013

5 March 2013 

 

   

 

We are reminded by the snow drops in High Street that it is still very much winter, despite a hazy sun and the rise in temperatures to the seasonal average! A walk across the fields from Bardles Barn to Greyhound Hill, centre and right.

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A pause on my travels on Greyhound Hill, to take my ease on the seat provided in memory of  Ted Parslow on the green space alongside Greyhound Hill Farm.

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The final stop was at Hornestreet Field, where a winter clean-up, including some coppicing, had taken place. it was good to see the catkins in the sunshine against a blue sky!

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12 March 2013

 

 

 

 

 

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A wintry surprise in the morning! Despite snow flurried throughout the previous day, nothing had pitched ... but now there was a covering of several inches - and the sun was out! On the left is the field behind Moor Road, in the centre Fox House astride Moor Road and Chapel Road, and on the right Chapel Road.

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The A12 was only just moving southwards, left, and the road to Dedham was blocked at the same time. In the centre is the village road sign in Birchwood Road, whilst on the right is Wick Road.

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The School Farm industrial area was busy, despite the snow snarling up the A12 and the road to Dedham.

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The shop had a few visitors, despite the weather.

 

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The Women's Institute Garden on the community field.

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Amongst things new was a daffodil emerging through a covering of snow, left, and the pole on the Community Centre, connecting to the new wireless broadband service, centre. On the right is the entrance to the paddock and stable off School Road, with small drifts of snow.

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Low drifts, up to 2 feet high, were being blown off the fields onto High Street.

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15 March 2013

 

Friday afternoon, with the Half Marathon coming through on the Sunday morning, two days later ... and the road-menders turn in in the nick of time!

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18 March 2013

 

 

The junction of Old Mill Road, Chapel Road and High Street, left, from a new angle, left, and the slope down Old Mill Road on the southern side of Black Brook. On the right is the footpath, FP11, towards Hill Farm.

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Dedham Road was closed for the day due to pothole-filling, left. The junction of Greyhound Hill and Dedham Road, with its signpost and new hedge, centre, looking over the fields, right, towards the new-build extension at Holly Tree Cottage.

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Footpath 11, from Hill Farm to Greyhound Hill, with its newly-made stile and rabbit-proof fence, left. The decent into Greyhound Hill is also quite new, of steps held back by wooden staves. The precipitous gully next to the steps has been made by horses, not thoughtless ramblers!

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Water Lane usually lives up to its name! Looking towards the valley floor of the River Stour, Lane attracts drainage from the valley sides, and is now covered by debris washed into it ... as well as the ubiquitous potholes! On the right, in contrast, is the road to Low Lift Cottages, and a newly-cleared ditch.

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The new footbridge over the River Stour, connecting our own FP1 (The Stour Valley Way) with  Suffolk's St Edmund Way.

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The new bridge is a fine structure that should last many years, and, notably, it will not need to be replaced when the wooded attachments rot, as the structural elements are largely steel. the signing is, regrettably, left, second hand!

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Grove Hill looking a little windblown, with the largely Ivy hedge, and some of the trees, being thrown over.

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29 March 2013

 

 

 

 

The Apex 12 Business Park, is the other side of the A12, but is still just in Langham Parish, just past the Ardleigh Crown pub.

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The buildings look to be of a very high spec, and the open and natural areas of the site, especially, the pond, are attractive.

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Just beyond the Apex 12 site is the only hotel in Langham, a 'Quality House', renamed from the former Ramada Inn and before that the Butterfly Hotel! In the centre and on the right is the notably prestigious Lodge Park, that has, as I recall, no less than 216 solar panels on its roofs!

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