Motored over to Ely this morning for a sibling lunch with Ann's three brothers and their partners.
Lunched at the Fire Engine house - the meal was as good as ever- in one sense rather better, in that when the time came to deal with the bill, Michael, David and Tim refused to let me pay our quarter on the grounds that it was Ann's birthday (her 77th !!!!!) later in the week, and this was their joint birthday present to her- very civil of them and much appreciated. After lunch we set out from Ely at about 3.30 p.m.
Turned off the A14 this side of Bury Saint Edmund's and came home by the back roads and lanes. Somewhere near the village of Drinkstone (strange name for a village- must look it up) We saw an early (well, 18th century, anyway) post windmill,
and, about 100 to a 150 yards from the post mill, a rather rarer (but slightly later)
smock mill. Why they should have been built so near to each other, I don't know so can't say - but interesting.
A few miles further we came across Saint Mary's Church Gedding, which dates from the 12 century. It's a pretty little church, with some 15th century pews inside. It's a bit of a job to find this church, but it's well worth the effort.
Fom the Churchyard can be seen, about half a mile or so away, the below photographed, Gedding Hall. It was built around the middle of the 1400s.