Monday, 4 May 2015

Sydling St Nicholas

As it is a bank holiday today people were streaming into the Isle of Purbeck where we's not an island but that's how it's known! So it made sense to us to go the other way, into mid Dorset. We took a leisurely drive to Sydling St Nicholas through the country lanes and back roads.
My husband's ancestors were Vicars here and are buried in the church....well the crypt to be exact.
We found this gravestone in the churchyard, it's a millstone and marks the spot where the last ever Miller in Sydling was buried, rather apt really.
The church is pretty and quiet and while we were inside looking around the church bells struck three, a muted lovely sound.
A little walk from the church and up the hill, we surprised a deer, although he wasn't really that bothered by us and remained quite nearby as we passed him.
The scenery was stunning and we only passed a couple of dog walkers and three young girls riding their ponies along the bridle path. When we got back to the car we saw an elderly couple sat on a bench, they looked quite elderly and he sported a huge bushy white beard that came down onto his chest and a lot of white hair. They looked like they had been transported from another century!
On the way home we hit heavy traffic near Dorchester, glad we missed it the rest of the time.


Happyone said...

Sounds like a lovely way to spend your day. Beautiful photos.

Happyone said...

Happy Birthday. : )

Dartford Warbler said...

What a lovely village. Even more special for you with your family connections.
I must put it on the "list" to visit when we venture into deepest Dorset again.