spring flowers

Chasing the Chocolate Box Dream

Turville Windmill

The UK is currently lapping up the rewards of a heat-wave. For once this summer hasn’t yet been blighted by the traditionally overcast and drizzling days which characterise British summertime, and so we have to make the most of our good fortune while we still can!

With this in mind I set off into the countryside in search of the perfect picnic patch. It turned out to be in the in the little chocolate box village of Turville that I found it.

Turville is obviously photogenic, it has been the setting for programmes such as Midsummer Murders, Goodnight Mr Tom and most famously (and my personal favorite) The Vicar of Dibley. But before we had a wander around the tiny village, it was lunchtime.

Windmill

Turville Fields

Turville Fields Buckinghamshire

Buckinghamshire Countryside

We wandered up the hill which overlooks the town and is topped by a cute windmill. The meadows were pocked with wild flowers and alive with an amazing array of butterflies who unfortunately were unwilling to pose for a quick snap.

Wildflowers

Nature Wildflowers

Thistles

Snail

We hiked half way up the hill (it was hot ok!) and laid out our picnic and sat back to enjoy the view.

Turville Picnic

Turville Village

Turville View

After we had eaten our fill, we lounged around in the sun, reading and topping up the tans. The Boyfriend decided to get creative and scampered around the meadow picking the wild flowers and putting them together in a cute bouquet. The variety of flowers was massive, the fields were better stocked than most florists!

Wildflower Bouquet

Meadow Flowers

Flowers Turville

When we could relax no longer we walked down to the village for a look around. It was so quintessentially English, one of those villages where you feel like you’ve stepped back into a simpler time. The houses were stunning, with beautifully kept front gardens filled with brightly coloured flowers.

Turville Cottage

Turville Telephone Box

Turville Idyllic Cottage

Cottage Turville

Vicar of Dibley Turville

The local church, used in The Vicar of Dibley, was open so we had a peek behind its creaky oak doors.
Vicar of Dibley Church
Turville Graveyard
Turville Graveyard Church
Turville Church
Church Turville
Old Church turville
Turville Font
Turville Organ
The church has been active since the 13th Century which is pretty impressive for such a small community. Yet we all know what the pillar of every village community is. The Pub.
Turville The Bull and Butcher
Turville Pub
We ended our afternoon out with a pint of the local ale in the beer garden. The most English way to end the most English of afternoons.
Brakspear Ale

 

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