In the UK, one of the most important days of the year is ‘Remembrance Day’ where we remember all those who made (and are making) the ultimate sacrifice by fighting for our country in various wars, past and present. It falls on the 11th November every year and is also known as ‘Armistice Day’, which signified the end of one of the worst wars in history – World War I.
World War I (The Great War)
Every time Remembrance Sunday comes round, there are more and more sad stories that emerge from the families who recall events about how their relatives were impacted from the onset of WWI. In my village (Penn & Tylers Green), 61 soldiers fell in the war from 1914-1918 and the walls of our local Village Hall is decorated on the inside with newspaper articles, propaganda posters and letters written from family members.
Penn Common Memorial
I left the Village Hall and made my way over to the Front Common in Penn, where residents from the village have put up crosses of the 61 who fell, along with poppies which are the symbol of Remembrance Day. A special mention to my family friends – the Carey’s – for putting this up and creating a fine memorial for tomorrow.
Remembrance Memorial at Penn Common
View from the other side of the memorial
Well, it started off as a pleasant enough walk. The Sun was out and some clouds around but nothing to feel threatened by on the way out to the Chiltern Way. If you remember my previous walk, this should be a familiar photo and even saw a horse and rider on the way over.
Horse and rider approaching as I head over to the Chiltern Way
I walk this route quite often as it offers variable options in terms of distance. Sometimes it can be 3 miles (5km) or as much as 6 miles (10km) but today, I went for the middle distance of around 4 miles (6.5km). Amazing how the landscape has changed since my previous walk 2 weeks ago when everything was green and still in full flow. Now the colours are slightly more autumnal and those beautiful oranges and yellows providing a different scenery as we embrace Autumn and the darker days.
The leaves that were so green a month ago are changing in preparation for winter
Road to Penn House Estate
There is no public access to the estate from this side of it but there are events throughout the year where you can enjoy this high brow place! I found out that it has been passed down from generation to generation since the 1500s with royal connections. Hmm! Find out more about the Penn House Estate here.
The road to Penn House Estate is picturesque with the Autumn colours
Under The Canopy
Once I got to the “no public access” sign at the top of the road, I took a left and headed back down through the woods to the fields and on my way home. Now that all the leaves had changed colour, it made for quite a colourful experience.
Colour under the canopy
Tales of the Wet Englishman
Remember how I said things started out dry and sunny enough? Well, it didn’t quite stay that way and as I emerged from the woodland, I was greeted with a rather ominous looking dark cloud which I wasn’t too keen on venturing in to but needs must! (Yes I got drenched on the way back – this is the UK after all)!
Dark cloud looming – Eek!
Thanks for joining me on this adventure!
See you on the next one