So today, I’m taking a break; no promo, no book blog. If you are looking for book info click My Books Today I’m taking a walk.
A walk through Barrow on Trent, South Derbyshire England, the home of my mother. I was born only a couple of miles from here. Snowdrops and crocuses adorn the entrance to the village.
Barrow is nestled on the banks of the River Trent and when it rains upstream it often spills its banks into the fields much to the pleasure of the swans enjoying the extra vegetation.
As I stroll up Church Lane I pass by Lodge Cottage that used to be our home and was originally the lodge gate entrance to Barrow Hall, which was built in the 1700s. The hall burnt down in the late 1800s and was rebuilt only to be engulfed in fire again in the mid-1900s. Modern houses replaced it. However, the lodge survived both fires.
Turning onto the to the main street, Twyford Road, I pass the old post office and general store that has been turned into a home next to the Parish Cottages. The red telephone booth no longer holds a telephone but is now a library of books with a defibrillator; an interesting combination. I wonder what kind of books are read in Barrow?
I pass the old school-house, which has also been refurbished into someone’s home and a few yards away is the Village Hall, a relatively new building that hosts local events and a nursery school.
Twyford Road joins up with the new Bypass (new meaning less than forty years old) is a busy road and was built to take the traffic out of the village, a narrow winding road not conducive to today’s traffic. Barrow does have a bus service but there are times the bus struggles to get through the village.
Walking back down Church Lane I glance at St. Wilfrid’s Church, where I was married, two of my children were christened and my father is buried. A beautiful old, old church that dates back to the 13th century. I now head for Manor Court where my mother lives and there is an enormous rainbow arched across the court.
I hope you enjoyed your walk through Barrow. As I return to Canada next week this is a nice walk down memory lane.
Next week I will be at The London Book Fair – Perhaps some book news coming up.