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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Five on Friday

Hi there!

Thank you for your lovely comments on my blog last week, and I hope you won't mind me taking you on another walk around our wonderful Common. There is something different to see every time we visit!

Linking to Amy's Love Made My Home, my Five on Friday are:

  1. Gliders
  2. Gates
  3. Ancient woodland
  4. A possible WWII bomb crater
  5. Old R Whites lemonade bottles

This Friday we had another cold but bright day here in SE England, and DH and I made a point of taking a refreshing walk, while the sun shone.

Gliders
The gliders were flying again today!

There are so many different gates, and this well worn track is the route the Commons' Rangers' use when transporting the sheep and cattle that are kept here.

Airfield
Leading to the old airfield.

Another attempt to get that perfect photo of a glider


We walked through some trees where volunteers have been clearing the shrubs to improve conditions for this Ancient Woodland. Bluebells are already beginning to sprout from the leafmould.

WWII bomb crater!
This tree could be growing out of what we
 consider to be a  bomb crater
- other bomb craters are visible elsewhere.

The woodland is situated at the end of an airfield which was heavily bombed during the Battle of Britain (in WWII).  The worst occurence happened on what is known famously as "The longest day", when the air raid was particularly severe.

Clearing scrub in ancient woodlands
The volunteer group has been really busy.
The log piles are being left
for beetles and other wildlife to live in.

Ancient tree
How old this tree must be! 

Same old tree!

Another view of the ancient woodland and clearing beyond

Old bottles!
The bottle on the left could be
an old milk bottle.

In amongst the trees we spotted these old bottles.  On the one on the right (green one) we could make out R WHITES.  It looked like someone had been trying to dig them out. DH had a go at pulling them out too! They were stuck fast. I think the tree roots must be growing into them.

Once back home, I googled R Whites' bottles and found a blog with some information on the bottles and then wondered how old they would be and whether anyone was selling or buying them. I found them on eBay but they are only worth about £2, in good condition, and then depending on whether they were clear or green glass, and this one looks green.

Whites lemonade bottle
The writing says "WHITE"

How bottles used to be ..... very strong!
Another old bottle, can you see how thick
 the glass was? Possibly 6mm!

This one leads the way!
Then it was one gate after another! ......
The way home!
..... leading us back home!

Thank you for taking the time to visit me today, and if you haven't visited Amy's, Love Made My Home yet, I recommend that you take a little time to pop over and see what others have to say on "Five on Friday".

Maybe another week you might like to join in too!

I wish you all a Very Happy Weekend, and I hope to see you again soon.

Hugs!
Barbara xx

14 comments:

  1. Interesting blog, I find gliders fascinating. What an interesting place to walk, bomb sight no less.

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  2. What beautiful photos and educational too! I had never thought of a place like a park where bomb craters could be found. Its so important to remember the past.

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  3. What beautiful photos and educational too! I had never thought of a place like a park where bomb craters could be found. Its so important to remember the past.

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  4. Well that was a lovely walk, thank you!x

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  5. Loved going for a walk with your Barbara! Hope you are having a lovely weekend too! Christine x

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  6. What a lot of history around you!
    The bottles may not be valuable, but I think they'd be very pretty filled with flowers and put on a window sill.

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  7. Looks like a great walk. I always find gates fascinating...it's the wonderment of what's on the other side.

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  8. Looks like a great walk. I always find gates fascinating...it's the wonderment of what's on the other side.

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  9. I enjoyed our walk, Barbara. You are lucky to have such a gorgeous place nearby. Happy Sunday.
    Amalia
    xo

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  10. What a lovely area for a walk! I like the shots of the gates. What a shame that you couldn't get the bottles out of the ground, they look so interesting. We don't get those amazing bluebell carpets here, so be sure to post some photos of those if you're back in the woods at the right time :)
    Wendy

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  11. You certainly took us on a beautiful walk.

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  12. Great photos, I can't believe you saw bluebells emerging already, all the plants are confused with this warm weather. I shall have to go for walk to my local bluebell wood and see if ours have come up yet (we're a bit more North than you).

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  13. I enjoyed your fresh walk and your findings!

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  14. What a great post and lovely pictures. I hadn't heard of the Five on Friday.....I may join in sometime.
    Hugs

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