As today was so beautiful we went for a walk to Little Baddow church, parking the car near the River Chelmer so that could walk across the field, there were skylarks in this field. One of my interests in church yards are the wild flowers that still remain, but not to be seen so far in this quiet spot. Planted graves with spring flowers had encouraged queen bumblebees out, a red tailed one and a yellow tailed one, they worked the crocuses and heather flowers..
|Norman church with later 15th C addition of tower.|
|Slightly eerie these barrel shapes|
|Elegant memorial, many of these type have a tendency to subsidence, so that the top becomes askew|
|red tailed queen|
|this queen had yellow banding|
|timbered old Manor house|
|Busily intent bottom feeding this swan took no notice of anyone|
Like all churches the range of headstones reflect the fashion of their times 18th century table top tombs, Victorian extravagance and even a 1930's modernist stone. Sad yes, but the peace of the place is timeless, there was also a very new headstone for a soldier killed in the Great War.
This is a postscript, or not very interesting photos. The first one shows a fairly newish grave just outside the main grave yard, newly planted it had a host of hoverflies round the flowers and what looks like dog paws across it, though it could have been fox.. The other photo is a close ground shot of the lawn, but which shows a patchwork of wildflower plants, so there is always hope.