|Me in the Poppies|
Before getting to our walk starting point we spotted a Poppy field on the top of the Downs. Paula being an artist, was so excited that we had to go and investigate lol. (I can see a Poppy painting coming soon) We found the location at South Heighton, East Sussex. This occurrence doesn't happen every year so we have to make the most of the opportunity, and luckily the sun was shining too.
|Top of the Downs|
Now on to our main walk.
|Swans on the river Ouse|
Our walk today took us through the Ouse Valley. With beautiful views on all sides and a lovely riverside pathway. This view looks across at Mount Caburn where there is usually a lot of hang gliders and paragliding taking place.
|Paula on the riverbank|
|Of course we had to find a cow.|
The river Ouse with the tide coming in, I had never seen so many swans in one place, 15 in all. After walking about one and a half miles next to the river we turned off and came upon the tiny village of Rodmell.
I knew Rodmell quite well as I went to school there.
This is my old school, only when I went there it had outside toilets and was only half the size. It used to be just 2 classrooms and a small kitchen. Lovely little school, we were even given a guided tour to see how it has changed over the last 45 years. Adjacent to the playground is the church, you can see the gateway in the picture. The blacksmiths has been there for generations, handed down from grandfather to father to son. We often see their van when we visit Hickstead horse events, where they would be servicing the horses.
After a scout around the church we carried on our walk. Piddinghoe, Rodmell and Southease are situated in an area that used to be called Millionaires Valley. There used to be a lot of wealthy people living in this area. There are still some really large houses there. Coming back to Southease we approached the end of our walk for the day.
These are some of the lovely houses in Rodmell.
This is the painting that came about from our walk.
Photographs by Paula Oakley
Southease Brooks Walk