Seeing the ramshackle haystack in the picture on the right reminds me of when, a few years ago, a much larger haystack, which ran the whole length of the field at the back of the houses caught fire.
  I had a call from a neighbour to say that she thought the stack was alight, and should we call the fire brigade. I had a quick look out the back and there were flames several feet high shooting out of the top! My reply to the neighbour was somewhere along the lines of..."Yes, it might be an idea to give them a shout"
  Two things stay in the memory over this. Firstly, some very inquisitive horses standing close to a fire engine, apparantly unconcerned at the inferno that was going on in the field next to them! Secondly, trying to get to sleep that night with the red flicker of flames and the blue flashing of the emergency vehicles making it like trying to go to sleep in a disco!

Still on top of Ivens Hill, and still looking North, this photograph was taken in early November. A few Autumn colours are still discernable in the trees mid way up the photograph.
  A lovely view this, made particularly so in this instance with the flock of sheep grazing behind the houses. 
  I was told once that the house partially pictured in the bottom right of this photograph was haunted! Not sure if this is correct. Possibly just someone trying to frighten a child with a ghost story. Can't even remember who told me, it was many years ago. I believe that this house was once owned by the family of actor Paul Nicholas.
  I think that, even today, the owners of the houses in this part of the village are possibly still digging pieces of coal out of their gardens, this being the area where my Great Uncle's coal yard stood!

.....and still on the subject of churches, the spire of St Michaels church, Chesterton pokes out from above the Autumn foiliage.
  The church of St Micjael is set back some 150 yards or so from the busy A605 Oundle Road. It can be accessed by a gate which is at the side of the small road leading to Priory Gardns.
  With the church being set back from the main road, it is peaceful and quiet. A beautiful spot in a beautiful village.
  There are many photographs of St Michael's church elsewhere on this site, both interior and exterior. More still, along with two pages of photographs of St Kyneburgha at Castor, as pictured above, can be found by visiting my Peterborough Churchcrawler site, a link for which is on the home page of this site. Both churches can be found in the Cambridgeshire section of the site.

Chesterton autumn colours 1
View from ivens hill 3

And to complete this page of photographs looking North from the top of Ivens Hill, just another shot showing some of the glorious colours that can be seen in late Autumn.
  This view is a little further East, close to the A1 heading out towards Alwalton.
  Going up to this high vantage point, a vantage point used by the Romans, and probably by the Ancient Britons before that, it is easy to see that we are truly blessed!
  It is sometimes easy not to appreciate what we have when we see it every day. This small place in our village holds a lot of memories for a lot of people, and it is easy to see why.
  I aim to re-shoot some photographs from the top of the hill looking East towards Peterborough. I hope to get these posted up pretty soon.