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Snowdrops ~ Is it Bennington Lordship or Anglesey Abbey? ~ no, it’s Shefford in Bedfordshire!

Chicksands Snowdrop Trail

Friends asked us last week if we’d like to join them on a snowdrop walk. We’ve enjoyedDSCN1806[1] the delights of Bennington Lordship and Anglesey Abbey in the past but were surprised to be told that we would only be driving a few miles from where we lived, to Shefford in Mid Bedfordshire. Choosing the day in the week which held the most promise, we agreed to meet today, Tuesday. True to forecast the sun has shone all day and the sky has remained a crisp clear winter blue.

I’d often noticed people walking in woods near the entrance to the Chicksands Base andDSCN1802[2] Priory but never stopped. Parking a little way into the village of Shefford and taking care to cross the busy A600, we entered the woods beside the roundabout with the A507.?????????? Within a couple of minutes a bank of snowdrops fell before us and soon we were not only following a snowdrop trail but a delightful wood carving one too.

There were blankets of tiny white beauties at every turn, some areas more striking than others and with the sunshine penetrating the canopy above, it was a lovely walk and quite a surprise to so close to our home in Bedfordshire. If I’d known about it I might have included it in my murder mystery ~ only joking 🙂

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Secret Spaces in Bedfordshire

Continuing my theme of a virtual tour of Bedfordshire it seems appropriate to share the blog of a fellow writer Brian Kerr. Here’s a link to the alluring blog post titled:

SECRET SPACES IN BEDFORDSHIRE

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Fancy a Local Bedfordshire Tipple Approved by Royalty!

Warden Abbey

We have come to expect vineyards in the south and south west of England but did you know that there is a vineyard in Bedfordshire? According to records, Warden Abbey was a Cistercian Monastery founded in 1136 and the monks were likely to have planted and tended vineyards in its grounds at that time. The modern vineyard was planted back in 1986 and it has produced award winning wines. Funds have been raised to plant new vines in 2015.

We are fortunate to have this local vineyard in the heart of Bedfordshire, located in the countryside not far from Shefford and the village of Old Warden. It is now a cooperative, run by volunteers, and If I wasn’t so busy writing, I’d love to get involved over at Warden Abbey Vineyard.

Warden Abbey wines can be bought locally. I’ve recently seen it in the Ampthill wine shop, The Shuttleworth shop and Jordan’s Mill. Here’s a link to their Christmas newsletter.

In September Warden Abbey have an open day when you can enjoy a guided tour and taste their wines. I’ll tweet when that is going to be nearer the time.

I first came across its sparkling wines back in 2001 and was informed that the wine was endorsed by the Queen Mother and drank at one of her royal occasions. Can anyone verify that for me? Rumour has it that last year’s grape harvest in 2014 was so good that there may be a sparkling wine this year. I do hope so!

When I was planning my Bedfordshire murder mystery, ‘Murder, now and then’ I was enthusiastic to mention Warden Abbey wines but I promise that they had no link to the method used for murder, they were just enjoyed by one of the characters!

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