Thursday, 20 June 2013

The sound of silence

It is still possible to find some places where you can get away from it all and no longer hear the hum of traffic. You are surrounded by silence with only the occasional bird singing and cockerel crowing. Chaldron Herring is one of those places, situated in a hidden valley, a short distance from the sea. It can have hardly changed in the last 100 years.


Many of the old cottages still have traditional thatched roofs.



And beyond the gate beautiful gardens.


Parts of the church date back to 15th century.


Sadly the village school is no longer open, but the building is now used as the village hall. The school bell at the top of the building reminds us of it's past use.


There are no shops here either, just a telephone box and post box.


It still has a good pub though, which is where we ended up !


Do you have any special places you visit to find some tranquility too?
Sarah x

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  1. Sounds idyllic. Love the pub sign! Who is peeping behind the door?

    S xx

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    1. There are mixed stories associated with the pub's name and sign. I need to do a bit more research before telling the story!
      Sarah x

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  2. It sounds idyllic. What a lovely old church. There are lots of places for me to find tranquility in the peak district - I just have to pick the places the tourists don't know about! :)

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    1. Louise I knew you would find tranquility in the peak district you are always showing us such beautiful places.
      Sarah x

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  3. Ooh Sarah what a lovely place to be, it looks so magical what a beautiful houses so fabulous I like those houses very much. And I like that gardens also, have a nice weekend Sarah. Greeting Petra.

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  4. Ooh I love it. I want to go there. Is it a closely guarded secret or can I know where this is? Have a great weekend. Lovely photos too Sarah.
    Patricia

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    1. So so lovely! I'm lucky to live in a very peaceful place with little traffic and lots of wildlife. I love the silence..

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  5. Looking at your blog always makes me feel peaceful. The places you visit are so quintessentially English! :)

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  6. What bucolic treasure you found!

    Vienna has quite a few gardens and parks that take you away from the bustle of the city, and then there are the Vienna Woods and wetlands along the Danube.

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  7. That is one of the prettiest little towns! I'm green with envy that you live around such beauty! X

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  8. Like going back in time - makes your heart sing ... such beautiful images.

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  9. What stunning cottages and cottage garden. I'd love to hear the story behind the pub sign too.

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  10. What a truely lovely place, it would be nice to spend so time there. Have a good weekend.

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  11. Beautiful, and it all looks very well cared for.

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  12. A little bit of quintessential England, the peacefulness oozes off the screen. The pub sign seems to have some mixed messages going on. It looks as if her lover is peeping out of the wardrobe!!!

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  13. What a beautiful place to visit. I have yet to visit Ditisham, but it's supposed to be lovely and Greenway House and gardens. They're on my to do list. We have a lovely little beach called Elberry Cove where we go swimming. It's quiet, there are no facilities, and you can be swimming in the beautiful clear blue sea, looking back at the trees and see buzzards flying over...it's magical.

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    1. I wanted to visit Elberry cove when we were down in Brixham, it looks a beautiful place. We loved Ditisham and reaching it from a boat trip from Dartmouth, made it feel extra special.
      Sarah x

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  14. Looks like a very lovely spot. I know of lots of lovely tranquil places some here in East Lothian and lots in other parts of Scotland.....exploring forests as part of your job is a very quick way to find lots of beautiful, special spots! Juliex

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  15. OH SARAH....this, THIS is the England I dream of and thankfully, still exists. What fantastic photos of lives past, places once inhabited by individuals with hopes and dreams. FABULOUS. Anita

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  16. What a beautiful place. If I want some tranquility I venture up on the Lickey Hills which are close by. I pick the less trod routes it's so peaceful and quite it makes my soul sing ~ Sarah x

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  17. I love how quaint this village looks. Does the postman still run by that place? :D

    Thank you for pointing out Queen Ann's Lace to me -- I've seen a whole bunch of them while in Edinburgh, on my walk up to Arthur's Seat :)

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  18. so beautiful! I haven't been to England since the 70s and I love that you can find places like this that haven't changed much at all over the years.

    Thank you for the lovely photos!

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  19. It looks picturesque! I love the thatched roof, and the garden is so pretty with all the flowers in bloom. The trail near our home is the place I go for tranquility, and once we move I will be surrounded by quiet (except in the summer months when it gets quite busy). I am really looking forward to it!

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  20. Hello Sarah, I loved seeing the old British Cottage with the thatched roofs. So very charming. I also LOVED seeing the British Phone Booth and Letterbox. When I was in the UK I could hardly wait to see these very unique icons of the UK. My Very Peaceful Place is Down BY Our Lake looking out over the waters and listening to the sounds of the crashing waves and the sounds of the sea gulls. Hugs Judy

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  21. The cottage garden is so pretty, somehow I know what I want to achieve but never quite manage to get it looking that good!

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  22. I would love to live in a beautiful village like that.There are lovely villages here in Yorkshire but none I would describe as quiet nearby.

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  23. This looks like a good day out. You make me want to grab the map and see if it is easy to get to - you never know who else may visit in the near future!
    June

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  24. It looks a very lovely and peaceful place. I love the cottages and their gardens. I don't consider anywhere really tranquil unless I escape all traffic noise (planes and cars in particular) - so deep in the countryside or by the sea are my favourite places.

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  25. Dear Sarah,

    English villages always have the prettiest names :-)! Love the photo's in your post: the sweet looking cottages, the wild flowers on the side of the road and that pretty garden gate with the amazing floral garden...

    It was a joy to scroll through your post! Have a lovely weekend!

    Madelief x

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  26. Does the pub sign still squeak?

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  27. Dear Sarah,

    How very beautiful your English villages are and I love how they still have the charm of yesteryear.
    Reminds me when I was a little girl and we were lucky enough to have a box of chocolates at Christmas and often they would have pretty pictures just like this.
    Have a lovely weekend
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  28. What a beautiful place, I love that cottage on the 3rd photo down and the name and sign for the pub.

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  29. Thanks for your visit Sarah! Have a happy day!

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  30. What a lovely place- so English and very beautiful. My space for tranquillity, when at home in England, is the Lake District Northern fells- well away from the tourist hotspots- still as beautiful- but very quiet:)

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  31. What a wonderful place! I seem to be desperately in need of tranquillity just now ... one of my favourite places to find it is leaning on a gate just down the sunken lane that runs away from the house toward the river ... which is an accurate description but makes the set up sound much more idyllic than it is. What I do have there though is an unbroken view across miles of open country and only birdsong and the very distant noise of traffic for company ... it is so very relaxing to stop there for a while :)

    Hope you have had a suitably peaceful weekend x

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  32. That description does sound idyllic and tranquil!
    Sarah x

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  33. Sarah, I want one of those cottages. Your choice, I don't mind, really. I bet you find peace here, it's a lovely place, it reminds me a little of Rottingdean, a peaceful place I used to visit from time to time when I lived in Brighton.
    Alberto

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