First motorbike ride of the year

The weather is certainly improving now Spring has arrived and yesterday was so nice, it was time for the Old Goat & I to dust of our helmets and meet up with some of our motorbiking friends for lunch in Sussex.

The ride across the Kent & Sussex countryside was really pretty.  The sun was shining and it wasn’t too cold.  We passed lots of lovely old buildings and many pubs along the way.

 

We arrived at the Green Man in Ringmer after just over an hour of riding, to find that not only were we meeting up with the friends who organised the booking, but they had also invited other friends of ours as a surprise!

I can wholeheartedly recommend eating here; we had a huge tasty Sunday roast with dessert, yum yum.  Very good value for money and nice friendly staff.  Green Man at Ringmer

After catching up with each others news and discussing our plans for a Normandy bike trip, sadly it was time to say goodbye and return home in our different directions 😦

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Rape in bloom

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The ride home was just as beautiful as the ride out.  The sun was still shining, although a black cloud as we left looked a bit ominous…. It stayed dry and the lighting and scenery couldn’t have been better.

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Heritage Days

One weekend in September lots of historic buildings around the country are open to the public free of charge; generally they are either not open to any old Tom, Dick or Harry, or there would normally be a charge.

 

I grabbed this opportunity (and my camera) with both hands and took advantage of a guided tour around All Saints Church in Maidstone.  I was hoping to be able to go up the tower for a wonderful birds eye view of Maidstone.  Alas, there was nobody in attendance to be able to take us up there, maybe next time.

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Nativity Window

There were only two of us on the tour and it was very interesting.  We were shown around the outside, which included what is reputed to be the oldest wall in Maidstone.  Our guide Joy told us all about the old spire which was made from wood and sadly burnt down by a lightning strike in 1730, the heat was so intense that it melted the lead on the church roof.  We saw some of the most colourful stained glass windows I have ever seen, most of them Victorian and Joy showed us the hidden gems under the original pews.

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Hiding!