Follow the hen through the hazel arch and around the dragonfly pond and what's this?!!!
A new green gate! That wasn't there before!
Over the past few weeks Cliff has been working very hard constructing a new fence and this new gate. It's all part of our exciting new garden project which started way back in August 2008 – in fact it was a couple of days after I came home from hospital after a serious operation. Since we moved here 10 years ago, I had always dreamed of extending the end of the garden to the field boundary the other side of a small wooded area; and then one afternoon we had one of those 'we could do it now or never' opportunities – we asked if we could buy the land and the owner said yes! Hurrah! well we then had to wait for all the paperwork and legal stuff to happen, which it did (but very, very slowly – so slowly that I postponed being excited). And now we are owners of . . .
THE WILD WOOD
As you can see it's not very big or particularly wild – but we have plans :-)
And we now have a view from our garden, out over the fields . . .
We also have 'stuff' buried in the ground – lots and lots of broken pieces of something which was very big and curved and got very, very hot. So hot that some of the bricks melted!
One piece has part of an inscription on it . . .
I think the last part may have read STOURBRIDGE, a town which was the main source of clay for fire bricks and kilns.
So what was it? Any ideas?
We have a two possible theories . . .
• It was the brick kiln used to make all the bricks for our garden wall. But that was over 250 years ago. Does it look that old?
• It was a furnace of some kind used by the local forge which was located on the opposite bank of the brook which runs alongside the land.