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photoblog image THE WYLYE AT HEYTESBURY

THE WYLYE AT HEYTESBURY

 Heytesbury, a Wiltshire village en route to Salisbury or Bath but rarely a destination, has a population of some seven hundred variously happy souls. Considerably up from Domesday estimates at sixty but a tad down from over a thousand at the beginning of the 19th Century. Strangely, at that time, Heytesbury was a Borough (Est. 1449) with an official population of just eighty one and returned two MPs to Westminster entirely at the direction of the Lords Heytesbury.

I enjoyed an ample luncheon with my old friend Lady Pewsey in The Angel public house recently.  In a discrete private room we indulged in county gossip  before the effects of our jeroboam of Bollinger caused us to sing loudly and pelt the wall with plates of trifle. 

Fortunately the proprietors are used to this...

http://www.theangelheytesbury.co.uk/

THE WYLYE AT HEYTESBURY

 Heytesbury, a Wiltshire village en route to Salisbury or Bath but rarely a destination, has a population of some seven hundred variously happy souls. Considerably up from Domesday estimates at sixty but a tad down from over a thousand at the beginning of the 19th Century. Strangely, at that time, Heytesbury was a Borough (Est. 1449) with an official population of just eighty one and returned two MPs to Westminster entirely at the direction of the Lords Heytesbury.

I enjoyed an ample luncheon with my old friend Lady Pewsey in The Angel public house recently.  In a discrete private room we indulged in county gossip  before the effects of our jeroboam of Bollinger caused us to sing loudly and pelt the wall with plates of trifle. 

Fortunately the proprietors are used to this...

http://www.theangelheytesbury.co.uk/

comments (29)

  • jude iron maiden
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 3 Feb 2010, 00:41
it feels cold and damp yet warm and steamy
i think you should make it your mission to rescue beautiful trees from the ugly disforming ivy
Chris: I'd better get my saw then...
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 3 Feb 2010, 00:48
I see a possible reason folks from that region have been referred to as "wall lickers" in secret and sacred documents.

Lovely misty stuff, Chris.
Chris: Thank you kindly Ray
wonderful thick atmosphere! i love it. like steam rising off boiling water, yet I am sure that is quite cold smile
Chris: I think it was below freezing when I took this shot Charles
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 3 Feb 2010, 06:00
Misted over in time space. Keeping the secrets of the discrete private room totally secret - something from Wuthering Heytes smile

Excellent picture (the top one) and a beautiful bench. The cakes are not really up my street, but if they were biltong and potroasts ;-)
Chris: These are merely trifles Louis
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 3 Feb 2010, 06:00
First, this is an fabulous picture and a likey to me, on the thumbnail I thought you put fire to that bench of yours wink
Reading your story, I just picture you with Lady Pewsey singing the local songs out loud and enjoying that lovely pastry/pies/TAARTEN tongue
Only 9 more years for me to retire.....I wonder if Ginnie and I will do the same thing, I am a bad singer though but Ginnie can make up for me......gringringrin
Chris: Well I suppose we should have eaten the trifles rather than chucking them at the wall Astrid - but you know the effects of champagne...
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 3 Feb 2010, 06:51
LOL at Astrid. If I have anything to do with it, she won't have to wait 9 years.

I half expect a shawdowy form to emerge from the background fog there, Chris. Sherlock Holmes, perhaps?
Chris: I was the shadowy form there that day Ginnie!
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 3 Feb 2010, 07:11
Lunch sounded great Chris, waste of good trifle though smile, great capture through the mist
Chris: Lunch was vasy & expansice (& expensive) Tony!
You can't beat a good steam bath Tiff. Interesting read. That's democracy for you.
Chris: I would have taken you along Chad but I'm not sure about your table manners - you're just not boisterous enough!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 3 Feb 2010, 08:36
Yes, a pic from "The haunted landscape", a bit mysterious, a bit ghostly, and I didn't wonder if a little fellow appeared behind the misty bushes, trees and promised me "you have three wishes free if you..." - I like the glittering- sparkling river! Oh, "an ample luncheon" (surely with goat nest soup?), champagner, and lovely songs (I'm a fine sopran) I had enjoyed, too, but you seemed to have been out of your minds (Sie scheinen von allen guten Geistern verlassen zu sein/ all good ghosts seem to have left you)to have pelt the wall with this so delicious English trifle (oh, I love this dessert, but as I visited England last year, there wasn't served any trifle, sadly, sadly!)- I don't believe that Lady P. took part in this silly boy- drunkard-habits (you wanted to repair as I read some days ago?)! No woman would do such things! (not even in your ovrerheated imagination!)
Chris: Hahaha - you describe my imagination to perfection Philine!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 3 Feb 2010, 08:40
Please ask Lady Pewsey to publish one of the songs in "county gossip" (with English translation)!
Chris: They were all to rude I'm afraid Philine...
  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 3 Feb 2010, 08:40
What mysteries lie beyond the glorious mist. Lol at the trifle story
Chris: Thank you SAVO: we've had months of this...
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 3 Feb 2010, 08:56
Astrid, no "taart"
a little compensation for all the persons who like Trifle (after Chris has thrown away "plates of trifle") like me:
Berry Trifle:
"In a large glass dish, cubed pound cake is layered with blueberries, raspberries and blackberries, praline liqueur and a rich, creamy pudding concoction. It's all topped off with whipped topping and chilled."
I you have read this recipe, you couldn't pelt the wall with trifle, isn't it?
Chris: Oh heavens - that sounds wonderful!
What a fabulous capture Chris. I love the atmosphere! A likey for me.
Chris: I'm glad you approve Richard: thank you
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 3 Feb 2010, 11:48
This photo is rather good not to be trifle with
Chris: Oh dear...
That's a trifle of a story. LOVE the photo, Chris.
Chris: This is the effect winter sunshine has on ghastly days Mary!
moody stuff, like it!!
Chris: Thank you kindly Rob
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 3 Feb 2010, 12:12
Siegfried Sassoon (he lived once at Heytesbury):

Everyone Sang

Everyone suddenly burst out singing;
And I was filled with such delight
As prisoned birds must find in freedom,
Winging wildly across the white
Orchards and dark-green fields; on--on--and out of sight.

Everyone's voice was suddenly lifted;
And beauty came like the setting sun:
My heart was shaken with tears; and horror
Drifted away ... O, but Everyone
Was a bird; and the song was wordless; the singing will never be done.

(I'm not sure if I were "filled with such delight" listening to your singing loudly?)
Chris: No one was filled with delught at our singing Philine. And you are of course right: Sassoon lived here
proper moody shot, great photo
Chris: Thank you Derek
Great shot Chris, a bit of mystery,good to see you had a quiet...!lunch. nice pub.
Chris: A good lunch yes - but quiet it wasn't Linda
Great atmospheric shot Chris, and the hostelry looks quite inviting also.
Chris: The hostelry is a very fine one indeed Brian
Wonderful scene of the sun beginning to burn off the fog.

But I know that really it was caused by you sweating and steaming like a race horse.

I rarely go for puddings.

richard
Chris: It was indeed. I'll make you a bread & butter pudding: you'll like that!
Away from the jokes here Chris..Lovely shot..Quite erie with that mist.
Chris: I was just in the right place at the right time I think Ron
I tried to comment at lunchtime but it vanished into the ether! Anyway, what i said was the I would be proud to have taken this as I think it is excellent.

Honestly
Chris: You are a wondeful human being: I shall put your picture on my wall for Ratty to appreciate
blooming eck Chris, your very finest capture for me m8, superb shotsmilewell actually its stunningsmile
Chris: Praise indeed from the Master - thanks Tim!
You can almost visualize a wisp-like creature materializing from the mist, Chris. A rather Gothic image.
Chris: I hope you don't think it's too spooky
  • Jessie
  • New Zealand
  • 3 Feb 2010, 20:18
This looks like the end of a horror film - just after the terror, when things start to seem better. It's a very cool shot.
Chris: Thank you for your kind remarks Jessie
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 3 Feb 2010, 21:19
Hmmm.. I thought I had commented on this earlier, but perhaps "important Government work" distracted me! A magical scene and I love the shafts of sunlight coming through the trees.
Chris: Thank you Alan: I am glad someone out there still has their shoulder to the grindstone!

This isn't as good a picture as some seem to think it is: it's just smoke from a bonfire coming across the screen from a garden
Wow, spooky. Great capture.
Very eerie, i like this i could just imagine a vampire emerging from the mist or something smile

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