We arrived in London early Thursday morning and were greeted by Tim and Maria Haigh, who had invited us to spend the weekend celebrating their recent marriage and renewal of vows for Tim's family and friends here in England. Robin was asked to be maid of honor, and I was asked to play the part of wedding photographer / paparazzi. The plan was to drive to Monks Risborough to visit his parents, participate in a wedding rehearsal, have dinner, and relax. The celebration service was going to take place at St. Dunstan's parish in Monks Risborough.
St. Dunstan's is the oldest recorded parish in all of England. The Haigh's belong to the parish, and Peter is a bell ringer for St. Dunstan's, so I would have the opportunity to see the bell tower and photograph some kites from atop the church! The church itself is gorgeous, full of history and complete with cemetery and ancient Roman ruins (some of which were still being excavated). Click on the image at left for a short slideshow tour of the parish.
After the rehearsal we headed to the Peacock Inn, a lovely Bed & Breakfast just a few miles away. Martin, the proprietor of the inn, was a wonderful man with a very dry sense of humor who took great care of us while we visited. We would enjoy wonderful dinners and breakfasts at the inn during the course of the weekend, and with great views out of our windows upstairs, we had a hard time saying goodbye. The cows kept us company during the morning, while Kestrels provided a little bit of digiscoping opportunity from our hotel room.
|The Peacock Inn|
When Tim and Maria came to pick us up some other friends were staying at the Peacock, so we all decided to drive into the hills to look for Red Kites. Unfortunately the restaurant that puts food out the kites was closed, so the morning was shortened. We all headed back to Appletreewick for an afternoon yard party. I brought the camera equipment and scope in case I'd get a chance to photograph any of the Red Kites that tended to fly over the yard.
|St Mary the Virgin, Bampton|
|St. John the Baptist|
From there we drove to Waddesdon Manor to view the historic mansion of Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild (1838-1898). Not much more to say than 'Wow'.