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Day out in Selborne.

Ben and I went to visit the nearby village of Selborne today, famous for being the home of 18th century naturalist, Gilbert White. We didn't actually explore his house (I confess, I know very little about him, and besides - in the spirit of naturalists everywhere, I wanted to explore actual nature instead!), but we DID visit the little tea shop there instead. Ben had cream tea and I had tuna sammiches. Good times for all.

We had a look round the 12th century church, and I had my heart a little bit broken by the remains of the 1,500 year old yew tree, which came down in a gale in 1990. The trunk was replanted, but it has not survived. It's circumference is 26 feet, and it would have been planted in the year 600 AD -  around the time that this part of the world first converted to Christianity. I adore yews, and I was really sad to have not known this one while it was alive.

We also climbed the zig-zag - a path cut into one of the 'hangers' (wooded hills) by Gilbert White and his brother, in 1753 - and explored a little of Selborne common.

Anyway, I have some photos, obviously.

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The church, founded during the Anglo-Saxon period but rebuilt in the Norman style towards the end of the 12th century. The honeysuckle-covered stump in the centre is the remains of the Great Yew.

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Church interior.

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A wild glenatron is sighted!

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He's waiting to ambush me at the kissing gate. :|

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I never realised how creepy my Rainbow Dash backpack is. "Soon..."

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A wild (and freakishly pale) Sari appears!

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I just liked this tree. It's oki, tree. I don't tan either.

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Ben looking for beasties.

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View while climbing the zig-zag.

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So, those of you who are friends with clevortrevor may have seen the interview she did with me and, therefore, may have seen me prattling on about Rover: an enormous white balloon antagonist in 60's cult TV show, The Prisoner. OMFG LOOK. IT'S FOUND US. I knew we should never have left The Village. D:

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Photographer Ben!

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And a view from the top.

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Out on the common. I call this: Man Pondering By Pond.

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And this one is: Man Is Confused By Pond.

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Here's me, looking inexplicably sad while sat on a bench. Maybe it's a Bench Of Sadness. Maybe I'm just depressed by the knowledge that Rainbow Dash will never, ever give up. She will always be watching. Waiting. Waiting...

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This was just a big old branch that had fallen down and become lodged ... but it made for an interesting picture, I thought.

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Free from the Bench of Sadness! Onwards to the Common of Gurning!

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And a little bit of Selborne village. Much thatch. Many cottage.

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Comments

( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
glenatron
Jul. 12th, 2014 11:04 pm (UTC)
You like the kissing.
herecirm
Jul. 12th, 2014 11:07 pm (UTC)
It's not logical. Anything that does not obey logic is icky.
glenatron
Jul. 12th, 2014 11:18 pm (UTC)
katieoutside
Jul. 13th, 2014 03:46 am (UTC)
Ah ha ha. Rainbow Dash is made all the more creepy by you mentioning it.

As always, love when you share photos!
maggies_lens
Jul. 13th, 2014 05:43 am (UTC)
Oh my god I just TOTALLY lost my shit at the Man is Confused by Pond shot. Oh god heheheheheheheeeee...also your Bench of Sadness with the evil lurking Rainbow Dash? Lost it AGAIN.
Also very jealous you got to explore White's home turf. He was a good 'un that one. Was one of the first of the naturalists to actively encourage people to appreciate and respect nature in and of it self, not for what it could provide for humanity. Really nice bloke too, apparently. If you ever get your hands on his 1795 work, you're in for a treat. I've read little bits of it in the past and it's seriously good, very descriptive in a very nice way. Not over the top even for his time, just...nice. :)
lone_pagan_wolf
Jul. 13th, 2014 09:35 am (UTC)
Very nice pics, seems like a great day out!
siberian_angel
Jul. 13th, 2014 11:01 am (UTC)
Aww, it must've been hot out, huh?
I adore the pictures of the whole scenery - green, lush nature! Maybe I should have moved to England...
meri_sielu
Jul. 13th, 2014 02:23 pm (UTC)
These are really great photos! It looks like you had a lovely day, I've driven through Selbourne in the car with my grandparents a few times when I first moved down to Chichester and it is really beautiful. :)
manue7a
Jul. 13th, 2014 03:12 pm (UTC)
teehee, love the captions :D
clevortrevor
Jul. 13th, 2014 03:13 pm (UTC)
Can't decide which is better - the photos or the commentary. I so wish I could explore that countryside myself! Also can't decide which is scarier - being chased by Rainbow Dash, or being chased by a mysterious white balloon. I've got to see this show!
megfuzzle
Jul. 13th, 2014 05:56 pm (UTC)
what a gorgeous view!!
kismythi
Jul. 13th, 2014 08:52 pm (UTC)
Such stunning countryside and buildings! I am so jealous. I really love the idea of living in the countryside although I think I've been living in inner cities too long.
mystereos
Jul. 14th, 2014 07:20 am (UTC)
Wonderful pictures and your commentary made me giggle!

Would you consider posting your interview here too, so your friend's list can enjoy it?

-Charis
re_vised
Jul. 15th, 2014 08:49 pm (UTC)
Oh aren't those stunning bits of scenery! Lovely day, it sounds. I'm actually jealous of your adventure!
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