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Because Friday night’s Music Night: scorchio!

Check the forecast. A month ago I thought autumn was heading in fast, what with the conkers lying all around by the end of a drizzly August. Yet for some reason it’s a roasting week here in old Blighty so your humble correspondent is doing a bunk. Tomorrow morning I’ll chuck a rucksack in the motor and bugger off somewhere. Don’t know where, maybe north, maybe west, but I’ll have the walking boots with me. Hiking a few miles, sniffing out a few ancient churches, maybe an iron age hillfort and a cozy pub, give me that and I couldn’t be happier. I would have the tent with me but I need to be in front of a TV on Saturday morning to see England’s fine rugger chaps welly the Jocks out of the World Cup, so I’ll see if a that cozy boozer has any room at the inn.

So knowing we’ll be foregoing consumption of some sounds tomorrow we can drag it forward a bit –

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  1. This is great weather. It’s as hot as July, but somehow without the brooding humidity of July/August heat, if that makes sense. It’s a nice, clear kind of heat. It’s hard to recall that this time last year, only 8 weeks on from now it was snowing.

  2. It’s something called ‘the vagaries’ – a fella called Gore reckons he invented them and he now calls it ‘global warming’…

    As you get older you really get to know the real meaning of the word…

  3. Tom Tyler –

    I was thinking exactly that. I love hot and sunny weather as much as anyone but humidity (and our summers seem to become more humid to me) is a pain. Then again I love a bit of snow and that’s forecast for October. Splendid stuff.

  4. “Hiking a few miles, sniffing out a few ancient churches, maybe an iron age hillfort and a cozy pub, ”

    There was all of these and more everywhere around Grafty Green in Kent where we spent summer hols this year. The whole countryside seemed to be made for hiking – wide open fields, almost none without a walking trail, so many churches from the 15th C that they arent even mentioned in guide books, and of course plenty of old pubs with good drink and better company. I’ve no idea how much of England is like that, but for us it was something very special.

  5. I’ve no idea how much of England is like that

    Huge areas of rural England are very much like what you describe, Noel. The ‘olde’ pubs, and the ‘olde’ church spires. In fact, in quite a few modern towns, you’ll still see the towering spire of the old parish church as a central landmark of the town.

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