We were invited by our friends to return to Medmenham Marlow, England, west of London, to ring in the New Year with them – here’s David and our friends at their home after our arrival.
On New Year’s Eve our friends had the house ready to ring in the New Year with us – and here David stands beside the table set for dinner on New year’s Eve.
Our friend helps David select a video to watch on New Year’s Eve, which was a nice way for all of us to spend some time as the New Year 1995 quickly approached.
We were able to take in quite a bit of sightseeing as well during this trip to England, and somewhere along the way we came across an English Fox Hunt beside a rural road in the countryside.
I took the opportunity to take a few pictures of the Fox Hunt – which is the quintessential picture of upper-class English country life.
I love the images of a Fox Hunt with the beautiful horses, the costumed riders along with the custom and ritual of the experience – but I’d like to see a decoy scent used rather than hunt and kill a real fox.
Whereas English Foxhounds are the dogs of choice for Fox Hunts, these dogs include Bloodhounds – so perhaps they were using a variation on the theme that involves a human runner instead – and doesn’t involve hunting an actual fox.
I love this picture of the riders, the horse shaved along the underside and the dogs being readied for whatever was next on the hunt – and especially the landscape with the meadow running up a steep hill and a line of trees – a perfectly quaint English country landscape.
In the ecosystem of the fields and woodlands of the countryside, the fox has a definite role and purpose to control vermin as the dominant predator – and should be allowed to play the role it was made for – but I still love the image of the classic English Fox Hunt.
We took a side trip with our friends to see the Wellplace Zoo which was a nice attraction for kids with birds, animals and activities – here David poses as Davy Crockett.
David and I have fun posing as both a monkey and a gorilla at the Wellplace Zoo – all we needed was a couple of bananas to really pull it off! 🙂
David tried on the gorilla costume for size and practiced a few chest thumps for the fun of it – and loved every minute of his transformation as King Kong.
David stands in front of a Triceratops model at the Wellplace Zoo in Wellplace, Oxfordshire – which I read on the internet is unfortunately now closed.
Both our friend and David pause to check out a couple of turkeys – gobble, gobble – on a nice sunny day at the Wellplace Zoo in Oxfordshire.
On another trip we visited Burford, Oxfordshire, on the River Windrush in the Cotswolds…I love the name, “River Windrush.”
Burford had a classic High Street that was nice to stroll up and down and take in all the shops – along with the very pleasant and endearing countryside of the Cotswolds – and here David and our friend make plans for what’s next on our agenda.
A quiet stroll along a sidewalk path in Burford, Oxfordshire, was a good time for David and our friend to have some guy time together – and years later our friends would also have a son of their own.
The clock says 2:48 p.m. – and time for High Tea – as we stroll along the High Street in Burford – with the picturesque scenery of the Cotswolds visible on the distant horizon.
David makes a funny face for the camera while he stands with our friend in front of The Golden Pheasant Hotel – time for tea.
David inspects a display of Curling Stones with our friend, in a beautiful stone building that demonstrates a little of the Old World flavor of Burford and the Cotswolds.
David and I enjoy a moment during tea with our friends in a restaurant in Burford, and our entire visit with them was a nice reunion and way to welcome in the New Year – 1995.