Herefordshire Week 079: Tuesday 29 June – Monday 05 July 2021

Dinner out and weekend guests. Life almost feels normal again…

But So. Much. RAIN!

On the way down
On the way down [Skirrid] – Photo by Phil Gyford

Tuesday: Hereford shopping in the morning. Back to work in the afternoon (boo – but featuring a brief break to sort out shortening curtains with Ann H), and a lovely walk to Kerrys Gate with Phil after work, saying hello to the noisy sheep and lambs at Hill Farm and the calves who’d arrived in Thistly Field!

Work as usual on Wednesday and Thursday, and after an early Family Zoom on Thursday Phil and I strolled down to Yew Tree Cottage for dinner and catch up with T&J. A late night.


Friday: Tremorithic in the morning, with an extension onto the Common and back down to the Abbey via the footpaths and footpaths back to the road, and for the final stretch over Canns Hill. Lunch on the patio then a bit of gardening (weeding by the unknown bush and the lilac) until Rachel and Jon arrived around 4pm bearing a multitude of lovely gifts including homegrown spinach, wine and Cricketers Berry Blush Pink Gin. After tea and welsh cakes on the lawn, we had a tour of the grounds, then headed down to the Abbey and back over the fields – ready for a BBQ, indulging in some Berry Blush G&Ts by way of al fresco aperitif.

Despite the dire weather forecast Saturday stayed mostly dry after heavy rain overnight and first thing, and we had a lovely day. Skirrid, summiting in the mist, then into Abergavenny for lunch at Bean & Bread (first meal inside of the COVID era) followed by a mooch around the shops, then back via Rowlestone Court Ice Cream Parlour – only 1 scoop this time – and Ty Gwyn Cider.

John, Mary and Rachel
Jon, Mary and Rachel – Photo by Phil Gyford

Back at base Rach and I strolled up to Kerrys Gate and back in the lovely evening sun while Phil made butternut squash curry. Dinner in the conservatory, the end of the football (England v Ukraine) and bed.

Sunday started with downpours, so we had a leisurely breakfast in the conservatory before making the most of the forecast dry spell to do the Bacton – Tremorithic – Abbey Dore road route, including a detour into St Faith’s Church in Bacton. Super walk.

St Faith’s Church, Bacton
St Faith’s Church, Bacton – Photo by Phil Gyford

Tidy up lunch, then farewell to our lovely guests. The downpours resumed. A bit of admin, then lentil soup and Ozark season 3 on the telly.


Monday was a (relatively) dry day, so I set out in the morning to walk Camp Crossroads – Duffryn – Cockyard – Kerrys Gate. Clocking up a nice lot of long walks this weekend. Noticed loads of the fields are planted to broad beans this year, and there is a new gate for the footpath near the Trig Point on Cockyard Tump.

Lunch then into Hereford with Phil to run various errands and to call in at the bungalow for tea and cake with dad and Jean, and to deliver crockery and wine glasses.


Friday turned out to be my top FitBit Tracker day so far:

FitBIt stats as at Sunday 04 July 2021
FitBIt stats as at Sunday 04 July 2021
  • 34,712 steps
  • 25.4 km / 15.3 miles
  • 3h 52mins activity

My heart rate is still a bit high. Always is….


TV: Better Call Saul (finishing off season 5 – bit of a wait now until the next and final season), The Mitchells vs The Machines, Ozark (started season 3).

Podcasts:  The History of England, History Extra and The Essay.


Photos: Herefordshire week 79 on Flickr.

Phil: w/e 2021-07-04.