Local pictures (Spring 2012)


I rode down to Caldecotte Lake and walked around it during a bright day in March. I must have walked a similar route hundreds of times, but I tried to find a few photos I hadn't taken before.

Benches atop a landscaped ridge.
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Looking up from the lakeside at a recent housing development past the sailing club.
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Outfall from a small stream into the lake.
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Graffiti by a bridge under the railway.
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The other side.
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Looking up at the railway.
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Bike ride to Woburn

On a sunny April 1st afternoon (having avoided being fooled by virtue of sleeping through the entire morning), I went for a longish bike ride.

First I rode to Bow Brickhill.

Alley to somebody's garden.
1/125 at f8, 23mm, ISO200 52°0′8″N 0°40′49″W

Church Road out of Bow Brickhill is a killer; it's ridiculously steep. I managed to ride up it rather than walking, but had to stop for a break a couple of times; starting off again was really hard, because the bike rolled backwards while I got onto the seat. It's the kind of exercise that's either going to give you a heart attack or protect against one, and frankly the former seems more likely.

A bit past the steep bit, it gets really pretty.
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The church.
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Window in the church porch.
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There's a radio transmitter mast on the top of the hill. It's really hard to get a good picture of it without trees in the way.

So here's a picture with trees in the way.
1/500 at f8, 23mm, ISO200 51°59′58″N 0°40′12″W

Atop the hill, I rode past the golf course along country lanes to Woburn, which is a pretty tourist-trap kind of place.

Used to be the town hall, now an antiques dealer.
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Gate by the ridiculously big church.
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Part of the church.
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The older church (now a museum; it was closed).
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After that I rode down to Aspley Guise, a nearby village.

One of a number of massive blue pipes outside the waterworks. Love the delivery sticker. Wonder if they'll leave it outside if you're out?
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Picturesque village hall with picturesque CCTV (and moon above).
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Fancy gate to large house.
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There are two parts to Aspley Guise; the old part and a more recent bit lower down near the railway station.

St. Botolph's is on the road between the two.
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I took the road that leads toward Salford. At a junction there's this odd little hamlet - a row of houses and a few businesses.

Sign at junction.
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After that I rode back to Wavendon and from there to my flat.

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