The first Sunday in March was a nice day. The sun was out and it was pleasant to say the least. Time to get out of town and get some mud and grass under our feet. We do this occasionally. Not often enough, but every time we do we say we should do it more often.
After some discussion we went to Godstone, parked up and walked through the village and the surrounding area.
I highly recommend the Fancy Free Walks website, not only to get really clear direction for some lovely walks, but also for the sometimes very random historical background information. Without our route last Sunday we would never have known about the history of Godstone and the surrounding area.
It made us look up saltpeter and gunpowder when we got home and it told a lovely story about a local pirate and his untimely end.
Adding a story to the experience made it even more enjoyable. What started as a Sunday walk in very early spring weather, turned into a fun afternoon looking for clues in the landscape. We located the site where the gunpowder factory had stood and looked up the gravestone with the skull and cross bone where the local pirate was finally laid to rest.
Never underestimate the power of a good story. Never dismiss the person who goes through the trouble of looking it all up and sharing it with you.
And Mrs Stiksma got to chat to some ponies and that’s always a good thing.