Well, we went and oedd y dydd gwych iawn.
Four of us got off the train at charlbury station then wandered towards the town center where a pretty lady said helo wyt ti'n rambling john, it's always a surprise when strangers recognise me, i guess i look somewhere between an over age hippy and a tramp as i was wearing my work clothes which may have not looked perfect in this quaint town but proved the correct choice when we traversed mud, yes we saw some mud but i'm getting ahead.
So to start with lets find a cafe.
yep we found a cafe which proved ideal for panad a bechdan, plus interesting as the owner asked me why we were speaking Welsh when i didn't sound welsh (so how did she know it was Welsh, yours confused as ever) anyway i gave an explanation warning her we may return.
Now we set off out of town guided by john williams map and he did a great job of keeping us on track around the roughly eight mile circuit. (and he quietly queried some of my word usage, which seeing as i probably mis-identified two cig fan was a good thing).
We soon started around some park land and the wildlife surprises started.
Fallow deer including a white one (poor photo but it's a good memory).
It soon became obvious that one of the great learning opportunities of such a meeting is the old adage that everyone knows something i don't and with Welsh we seemed to take regular turns with. Beth yr gair am......., yep someone would come out with the answer, and my memory was surely tested by the question beth ydy yr gair am (evergreen) , wow i had to search deep in the gray matter for that one but felt thrilled when it eventually popped out.
OK, how many trees and plants can i name was part of the day and plenty of planhigion oedd dechrau tyfu including these violets of some type.
But name the violet is not the question of the day, oh no, when you go walkabout, you never know what may appear nailed to a post, so today's quiz is name that skull
Yep there it was nailed to a trail marker post, many suggestions were put forward, and everyone thought different so i won't put my suggestions here, leaving it wide open.
So we had seen pretty buildings, a couple of churches, very little road walking, plenty of wildlife and now in the middle of woodland someone produced welsh cakes (that's a sure way of gaining friends), nice iawn, a little further on saw a slippery slope (mud) i wont say who failed to stay vertical during their demonstration of mud skating but today it was not my turn to go horizontal. Problem soon corrected and no plasters needed.
Not long after this, a distant Muntjac deer was spotted.
Amazing how well they can hide amongst a few old blades of grass.
The next couple of miles across farmland included passing barns with to lechi and then we were heading back into town nearing the end when of all the surprises to finnish of the day.
Yep a welsh sign (they get everywhere).
Then we found a pub to replenish the necessary liquid while agreeing this had been a rather good idea and meeting again gets thumbs up from all.
The suggestion is probably a walk from Oxford next time and one other venue is possible, then a return visit to Charlbury to see it in summer clothing.
Thanks all for tolerating my warbling, i felt everyone gained from today, it just felt so good to ymarfer yr iath.