BRAMPTON BRYAN (2)
This is the village of Brampton Bryan in Herefordshire. We always drive through this village on our trips back to England. We prefer to take the pretty route rather than the motorway, even though it takes a little longer, it adds to our pleasure, for the Herefordshire countryside is such a delight at any time of year. This is a fruit growing/cider making County. The fruit orchards stretch for miles, of course at this time of year, the trees are quire bare, well no, not quite bare, for they are adorned with magnificent bunches of mistletoe, hanging from the branches, just like Christmas decorations.
The churchyard in Brampton Bryan is surrounded by this amazing yew hedge. In ancient times, the wood from the yew was used for archery bows. Yew is a slow growing evergreen and we’ve observed that it is cut just once a year. It has such a wonderful shape too, it drapes itself over the top of the wall in such a comfortable fasion. It reminds me of a line of elephants walking in line with lovely rounded bumpy bottoms.
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