Wednesday, 22 March 2017
Just Around the Corner
Just a few hundred yards along the lane from us is this 1720 watermill.
No longer a working mill, it is now a visitor attraction with wildfowl, animals and lovely tearooms. Pay admittance just once and you are given a pass which entitles you to visit the place for 12 months. The price is under £5 for seniors and just 50 pence more full price, less for children. A bargain for anyone, but as we live just around the corner we can pop along any time.
Last weekend I went along with our daughter two of our grandchildren.
The two cheeky characters are new kids on the block.
They had us in stitches with their antics.
There are otters, cheeky, charming and lively, until I got out my camera. Which is when they disappeared into their tunnels and tubes.
I managed to snatch just a few quick photos.
The mill and wildfowl gardens were sold a few years ago. The new owners embarked on a careful scheme of improving the conditions for birds, animals, and visitors and they have done a great job so far.
Pots of tea and freshly brewed coffee, home baked cakes, light meals and assorted snacks can be purchased and consumed in the tearooms, or out on the terrace.
Just across the lane they have a very handy area with slides and swings, where children can go and burn off some excess energy, nicely away from the quieter attractions.
So there you have it.
Our next door neighbours in the other direction.
I'll show you it again, later in the year, when the trees have leaves and the place is properly awake.