AWT has been tweeting that we should all write to our MPs about CAP expenditure. But they dont actually say what we should say, or what the hardworking Don Foster can do about it. Now they’ve emailed; here’s what they say. What are the rights and wrongs here? What to make of it?
What a pleasure to get this extraordinarily dramatic image sent in by photographer Pete Souster, who reports he took it from a little dirt track just off Lansdown Lane. My big sister calls this natural light effect “and God spake”.
But there are some filters in use here, surely…Pete: reveal all! Thanks. And all photographers and photography welcome anytime.
Here’s a cheery sight from last June on a field that only three years ago was cleared and re-sown simply with rye grass and clover mix. At least some of Britain’s wild flowers have no problem regenerating.
OK, so Leucanthemum vulgare is regarded as a weed and even an invasive species in some places. But the near-divine Wikipedia also points out:
The un-opened flower buds can be marinated and used in a similar way to capers.
Who knew? So do we try that next year? [Thanks to Graham for the pic]
Daily Telegraph has an article on the “Mirrorcube” room, part of a Swedish hotel in Harads, about 50km outside Lulea in northern Sweden. You wouldn’t notice that on Kelston Roundhill. Perhaps there’s one there already?
Here’s the 2002 English Heritage description of Kelston Park, the estate of which Kelston Roundhill was formerly a part. It offers a thorough and concise description of the history and layout the estate. It’s pretty dry (won’t even stoop to using Lancelot Brown’s more familiar nickname), not big on illustration, but informative.
It refers to Kelston Round Hill “a landmark hilltop crowned with a group of beech trees and visible for many miles around” and says:
a track 850m north of Kelston Park leads 500m south-east through Sandpit Shrubbery and Shagbear Wood and runs for c 1km in an easterly direction before turning north-west on the Cotswold Way for 1km over Dean Hill to the ornamentally planted 218m summit of Kelston Round Hill. This route was an C18 ride from the park to take in the unbounded views available from the high ground to the north.
It describe Kelston Park’s vast octagonal brick structure as a stone kitchen garden. But the more intriguing explanation offered by local writer and broadcaster Martin Palmer is that is that for a century and a half it was used for raising Arab stallions (which accounts for unusual local use of brick which gets warmer than local stone). We’ll put it to Martin, who has offered to do a video interview about the Roundhill.
Can’t say how much fun this was last year (even though it rained solidly). This year is set to be a complete cracker of a classic village fete. We’ll be there…see you there too!