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On Easter Sunday hubby went out for a short motorbike ride around our bit of the Yorkshire Wolds and Victoria and I had a walk round the village. We have some beautiful trees and the council seem to be allowing the verges to grow.

We are quite a small village with a pub and church but no longer a village shop or post office.

The pub has been here for at least 330 years and is rumoured to have stones from Kingston upon Hull’s outer walls in its construction. I find that hard to believe as Skidby is about 8 miles from the city. Either way it is a lovely pub and was originally a coaching inn on the Hull to Beverley road. Modern roads have meant it is now 500yds in.

I’ve mentioned the church before and in its current form from the late 18th century.

The cherry tree was in tight bud when Kate visited on Thursday but it is fully open now. This is a favourite spot for wedding photos and is on the corner of our street.

The cottage by the pub has a wonderful magnolia in full bloom and one of the newer houses in what was a field has a magnificent willow.

As you walk out from the original village boundary to the new [at least 30 yrs old now] road the verges are full of cowslips, lesser celandine and a speedwell. Veronica chamaedrys, the germander speedwell or bird’s-eye speedwell, to give it some of its local names. There are plenty of other natives just starting to show. Luckily the council have limited mowing schedules.

The Village Hall committee paid for daffs to be planted along this verge and they continue to bulk up and do really well.

The other local claim to fame is the windmill built in the 1820’s. Currently without its large sails as they are in Norfolk having repairs done. It is an Onion topped mill for those of you who are interested. When complete it is a working mill run by the East Riding Council and I usually buy my flour from them.

I love this village and it was original a Viking settlement, so lots of historical interest and good walks through fields.

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Lovely to see the cherry blossom and magnificent Magnolia. Hope they survived last night’s frost.

6 Apr, 2021

 

Thanks for the super blossom photos and the interesting history of various buildings. 😊

6 Apr, 2021

 

Thank you Eileen for showing us around your village....the blossoming trees are beautiful and that pub looks very inviting.

6 Apr, 2021

 

I see why you love your village. It does have a long and interesting interesting history. You both enjoyed a bright day; thanks for sharing.

6 Apr, 2021

 

we have just had a snow/hail storm that feltlike polystyrene beads, so so cold now. And I had washing out. Typical.

6 Apr, 2021

 

So have we - looked like midwinter. The cat was soaked, only out in the garden a few minutes!

6 Apr, 2021

 

I enjoyed my walk around your lovely village. thankyou for sharing..

6 Apr, 2021

 

Thank you SBG, It was pleasant to walk around your village with you, in the warmth of my own home.

6 Apr, 2021

 

I agree it is a lovely village with all it’s history.
It is in a beautiful part of the country.
Marjorie

6 Apr, 2021

 

Lovely pics and blog, Eileen. The last pic of Skidby mill is very picturesque.
You never know, the bricks may be from the old city wall..moved to Skidby by horse and cart!!! ( no tv back then to distract them from work )

6 Apr, 2021

 

It looks like a place to be happy in! You are so lucky to live in such a lovely village, to say nothing of being able to buy your flour direct from such a local mill! Hope you got your washing dry!...

That's a wonderful display of cowslips - it's lovely to see so many as they seem to be getting rarer these days. The speedwell looks very pretty there on the verge but its a right pain in our garden...

6 Apr, 2021

 

Don’t worry Sue, we have a meadow of a thousand cowslips here in our town, and they set masses of seed too 🙂.

6 Apr, 2021

 

Thank you Seaburn, for walking us round your lovely village! There are some beautiful trees there, full of blossom and I love the church! Such an unusual shape!

7 Apr, 2021

 

You live in a wonderful place SBG. Thanks for sharing it with us.

7 Apr, 2021

 

Sheila - great, long may they flourish!

7 Apr, 2021

 

oh dear today the police found an illegal cannabis farm somewhere in the village. Don't know where but not good news.

7 Apr, 2021

 

I enjoyed the stroll around the village and a bit of history. A working windmill? We have a few old windmills out east in the Hamptons. Some have been converted to cozy cafes or novelty shops, others sit as derelict landmarks. I also have a few patches of speedwell in my garden. You'll see it. Your pictures are beautiful esp that willow.

8 Apr, 2021

 

I'm afraid, Eileen,it's far more common than we think...Earlier this year a barber's shop next to my son's Castle Card Gallery shop went up in flames due to overheating of lamps where Cannabis was being grown.This was in Chepstow,a small, quaint market town.
So you never know .

8 Apr, 2021

 

I know Meadowland, nothing surprises me these days. But it is still a shame. I'd love to know where.

Yes Bathgate it is a heritage Windmill and was only out of commission for about 20 yrs in the 50/60's. It is local authority owned and uses grain from the local authority farms near by. Some of the barns in the same complex have been converted into a cafe. There are several open access footpaths over the fields to neighbouring villages.

There are plenty of derelict ones up and down the country and many converted into nice homes etc.

8 Apr, 2021

 

Thank you for taking us for a walk round your lovely village. All the spring flowers & blossom are looking pretty now. I wish it would warm up though,winter seems to be going on forever. Thank goodness for central heating.
I'm going to worry about the bill later!

8 Apr, 2021

 

Just when the garden is starting to look Spring like, they tell us we are due snow!

8 Apr, 2021

 

we had snow flurries off and on all week. It is very very cold though.

8 Apr, 2021

 

Great walk around your village, SBG! I loved the flowering trees & the wild plants flowering in the strips of unmown grass!

18 Apr, 2021

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