My last night at Fanhams Hall; I’m tired, have to get up at 3 a.m. tomorrow to get a cab to Stansted, so I’m singing off soon.

I had an excellent day, which consisted of doing nothing– or nothing by the standards of my usual life. Last night I ended the day with several pints of beer (or three of beer and one of cider), so I woke up pretty late this morning. I briefly entertained thoughts of going to Cambridge or London, but realized I rarely get out into the countryside, so why not take advantage of it?

The fields and woods around Ware
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I walked around the village of Ware, which is pretty nice. After topping up my phone and buying some postcards and stamps, I stopped for lunch at the Old Punch House, and had Yorkshire beef and pudding, in convenient wrap form.

The Old Punch House, Ware
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I then wandered over to the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, which was quite impressive, as it’s been there (in one form or another) for almost a thousand years, and the oldest stones date from the 1380s.

Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Ware
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From there, I found the River Lee, and walked along it for a while.

Along the River Lee
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From there, then cut through town to a field that’s being preserved as a piece of Real English Countryside. I felt a bit like a character from Jane Austen: they always seem to tramping through fields, when they’re not in drawing rooms.

The fields and woods around Ware
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