About 15 miles west of Birmingham and 5 miles short of Kidderminster is a Pocket of Loveliness. It is not terribly dissimilar from the Pocket of Loveliness which is the setting for this piece…

Pockets of Loveliness (and Mud)

…but this Pocket of Loveliness is where I live. It is a little village called Churchill, in Worcestershire, which you could probably find on the Internet, or Google Earth or something, by doing a search for “Churchill Worcestershire.” I won’t go so far as to say it is “untouched,” but it is the sort of quaint, quiet little village whose numbers are sadly dwindling. It has a church and… um… houses and farms. Not a lot goes on in Churchill, Worcestershire. Just to walk through it, however – just to breathe in its essence, while taking the scenic route to Blakedown train station – one gets the impression of its age, its timelessness, and the fact that it is not one of those villagey suburbs of Birmingham and Kidderminster that so many “villages” seem to have become.

I could post a few pics, but I don’t think they would do it justice (how do you capture that essence, the smell, the feel of the air?). I could try and describe the details of the stonework on the church, the appealingly unkempt stream which winds and trickles beside the road or the delightfully bucolic aroma of equine poo… but would any of these things make you feel as though you were walking through Churchill, Worcestershire, on a frosty-but-sunny March morning? Maybe. A little. Maybe I’m just being lazy in not taking these pics and not taking the time to describe these things. Or maybe I just want to personally experience it, without thinking too much about describing it or photographing it. But have I given you a taste? Do you think you might drop by if ever you are in the area?


2 comments on “DY10

  1. flandrumhill says:

    Sounds like a lovely place. Although you’re smitten with your hometown, I can understand why you might not be tempted to photograph it. I take photos of wildlife and nature, but neglect to take photos of buildings and people that would make similarly wonderful subjects.

  2. pepsoid says:

    You may have noticed most of my memory card goes on pics of my gorgeous little girl these days… 🙂 🙂 🙂

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