The Stonor walk

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When I was dating future Scottish hubby, he took me on this walk.

I was in the UK on a quick weekend stop over between Boston and San Francisco.

I’m sure we must have slept late, then gone out for the papers to read with our frothed coffees and buttered toast. I had already half moved in and purchased a Krupp’s cappuccino maker, and future hubby was just starting to realize how important the black drug was to me.

That was more than 10 years ago, and I remember taking a photo of the manor home of Lord and Lady Camoys, and later, when I was back in my office in Marin Country, I shared it with my colleagues. “That’s my Scottish boyfriend’s house,” I joked, “Isn’t it big?!”

I guess back in the heady dot com days that wasn’t as far fetched as it sounds, and I think some of them believed me. No wonder the bubble burst.

Today, we took the walk again with our little ones. Stonor is not far from where we live — and it took just under an hour to get there. It was -1C, and though I was dressed properly, Alexandra, our five-year-old, wasn’t. Soon she was complaining about cold feet. I can’t blame her, I would be cold with just worn cotton socks from Target and rubber wellies.

Emily and HM occupied themselves looking for diamonds and gold. They found pine cones and chalk.

We all admired the big house.

We didn’t see any deer, but I discovered the girls can identify deer poo!

On the way back we drove passed the The Crown Pub at Pishall. I could just imagine a young(ish) man and woman outside with the papers strewn on the picnic tables, the warm Spring sun full of promise, and a pint of Brakshere in hand.

“Mummy, my feet are still cold!”

Back to reality.

Try the walk through Deer Park at Stonor. You can park just outside the main gates at Stonor and take the marked footpath. Though Stonor Estate is private, the public walkway through the Deer Park is a great walk with children (and adults).

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  1. 06/09/2010 / 08:04

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  2. 07/01/2009 / 16:55

    Happy New Year!
    We were in a (very cold) France over Xmas/New Year and I took to wearing tights, jeans, 1 pair of knee high socks and 2 pairs of trainer socks with my wellies when we went hiking!
    We’ve got a trip up to Scotland planned in March/April to practice our hiking skills (we’re off to South America for 6 months in October) but may well venture a little closer to home and try the Stonor Walk..

  3. 06/01/2009 / 23:32

    Happy New Year, Susanna!
    What a lovely walk. Can you please enlighten this poor Texan on proper outdoor footwear for winter rambles? Let me first say that I wear two pairs of socks INDOORS…

  4. 05/01/2009 / 10:54

    This sounds blissful! And I loved your description of things used to be be – I remember days of waking up whenever, coffee and papers in bed followed by breakfast at your leisure! Still wouldn’t change it for the world when Small Child ambles in, still sleepy with a bad case of bed head!

  5. 05/01/2009 / 08:15

    Thanks for the comments ladies.
    Expat — Yes, it’s true! You are creative when you date across oceans.
    The travel guy at work was a friend of mine and he was always trying to find cheaper ways to get me to London. It was cheaper for me to go Boston – London – SF on a Friday than go directly back to SF!
    Not sure about the quick part though.

  6. 05/01/2009 / 03:57

    “I was in the UK on a quick weekend stop over between Boston and San Francisco.”
    Geography was never my strong point but…
    Nice photos though!

  7. 02/01/2009 / 19:20

    Oh how lovely it all looks. Sounds like a wonderful family walk – cold feet and all 🙂

  8. 02/01/2009 / 17:28

    Ahh. Memories and how times change. If I was there I would do it. It sounds lovely.