A quiet walk in the country at the end of the summer took me to this very typical village in the south of England.
Going up the lane heading into the village.
The village primary school hidden behind trees. The old tree stumps seem to be used to keep cars off the grass.
Thatched cottages. The traditional thatch would be long straw, but this is the shortest lived of the thatching materials. Wheat reed is next most durable at 40 years and longest lived of all is water reed. These cottages and the following ones all appear to be wheat reed because they have a protective covering to keep birds out (not, I think, visible in these smaller photos). Long straw gives a looser, shaggier, "tea-cosy" effect. Water reed doesn't need protection from birds because it's more tightly packed. It looks more angular.
A footpath, one of many criss-crossing the whole area, leading into nearby woods.
Houses along the "main" road.
Pond, with fish!
The village church.
The school keeps the village alive, but the local shop and post office closed, and had to be re-opened staffed by volunteers. The local pub has also shut down, a combination of drink-driving laws and no smoking. I'm not sure that's the full reason - I think they could have adapted to stay with the times rather better than they did.
A very rural place, quiet and peaceful I wonder how much longer it can continue without becoming just a dormitory for a local town.