Whelpley Hill

24 Sep

You may never have heard of Whelpley Hill. I can’t imagine why not, it’s a mere half hour drive in complete darkness around random country roads from the M40.

It is now the home of Chris and Sarah, and rather pretty in daylight. So we went on a ‘sightseeing’ trip around the village. Whelpley Hill boasts one thing on the map – a ‘Settlement’ from The Past (no particular historical era specified). Sarah took us on a most informative trip to see it. We marvelled at the slight undulation in the field. We found what looked like a leaf, but was probably a genuine iron age brooch; what looked like a stone, but was probably a genuine iron age paperweight; and what looked like an old nail but which Sarah assured us was the remains of a genuine iron age theme park. Apparently, iron age man built a lot of rollercoasters. Out of iron. Apparently, rollercoaster accidents were the main cause of the collapse of iron age civilisation.

So now you know.

We also went to the Roald Dahl museum in Great Missenden, as the only other thing to do around there – which was unexpectedly really quite good! Mainly because the slightly nuts archivist told us lots of gossip, showed us his letters and the handwritten first draft of Matilda, in which Matilda is a very wicked little girl and everyone dies at the end. (I very much want to read this.)

You always have to prise Sarah away from the children’s activities at these things, though… And she cried at a video in which some authors talked about how much they love books. Heh heh.

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2 Responses to “Whelpley Hill”

  1. Sarah Dawkins 25/09/2011 at 6:09 pm #

    Thanks so much for sharing my tears with the world.

  2. thepygmygiant 25/09/2011 at 11:06 pm #

    Secretly, I thought that showed an admirable love of books :)

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