Last Sunday we took a walk in some fantastic woods a short drive from Great Dunmow. Rowney Woods can be found opposite Carver Barracks in Wimbish on the way to Saffron Walden. Maintained by the Forestry Commission they are a haven for butterflies – we saw a number of Ringlets some Yellow Tips and a Red Admiral. There are many deer there as well – we didn’t see any though. On the edge of the wood we came across this:

A huge wash of Purple flowering plants that we think is Viper’s Bugloss, but could be wrong. You’ll note the clouds – they were about to unleash the most enormous downpour on us cutting the walk short.  Just on the edge of these were some crab apple trees already bearing plenty of fruit

Small Crab Apples

Annoyingly this downpour never made it to Dunmow which remained sunny and dry all afternoon.

At the weekend I headed out towards North Weald – I had a particular target for some old derelict premises I wanted to photograph – more on that later this week. On my way, and out of the corner of my eye I spotted a church I had not noticed before. I turned round at the first opportunity and headed back – this is what I’d seen:

Way out there deep in the fields is a church – click on the image to get a closer view if you need to. To reach it you drive up a bumpy track for 400 yards or so and you find St Botolph’s Church. Even when you get a bit closer it’s difficult to see anything.

By the way, its pronounced “Beecham”

More from the Church soon.

Beauchamp Roding Church Approach

Just down the road from the Almshouses in Little Easton you’ll find a lake with many Ducks and Canadian Geese on it. Its a fishing lake and has many fishing seats dotted around it – here’s spot 16:

Who wouldn’t want to do a spot of fishing from here?

I was lucky enough to be in Little Easton at sunset last Friday and was delighted with how this picture came out

These were built around 1716 to house 4 poor widows, A yearly rent of £20 was to be charged equally amogst the four Almswomen.

Back to Tilty…

If you walk past the Church, down across the field past the remains of the monastery you’ll come to a derelict water mill. Walk to the back of this and you’ll be able to see the old water course that used to feed this. What remains of the river that once flowed down this wide channel can be seen below. It’s really no wonder the water mill is no longer operational and you do wonder what happened to the old river.

On Sunday I pottered over to Finchingfield to have a look at the Church there and see if there were any opportunities to get some interesting pictures of the village itself.

As you can see, showers were never far away…

I was quite lucky with the weather, it meant Finchingfield wasn’t as thronged as it can be which meant I got some decent pictures of the village, the thatched cottages, the green and the windmill.

Living in Great Dunmow we are about an hours drive away from the nearest coast line. We popped over to Mersea Island earlier this year…it was a particularly grey, cold and wet day but I was able to capture this picture of the Brightlingsea Beach Huts from across the water.
I love all the different colours, and believe me, you needed some colour on that particularly drab day. I’ve not been to Brightlingsea, perhaps I’ll visit during the Summer.

Welcome to Flitch Photography. We are based in the small market town of Great Dunmow in Essex, famous for their Flitch Trials held every four years. Dunmow is in the district of Uttlesford and is near Saffron Walden, Bishops Stortford, Chelmsford and Stansted Airport.

We hope to help change your perception of Essex and show its many attractive sides.

This is a picture taken on 30th May 2010 of the windmill at Aythorpe Roding. If you click the image you can see a larger version of this.