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Maize Maze

Another alternative crop.  Rectory Farm on the Fen-edge at Landbeach harvests leisure.  Hidden in the field is the Maize Maze, a jungly labyrinth in the meandering form of a castle and dragon for family adventures.  At the end of the … Continue reading

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Sustainable Fenland

The early morning sun picks up a ruler-straight line of light across the graphic landscape of the Fens.  A solar array.  The Fens, drained over the centuries in what Ian Rotham claims is the ‘greatest single ecological catastrophe that ever … Continue reading

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Tourism Backlash

On Saturday 12th August the Guardian carried a full page article, ‘Wish you weren’t here: locals take on tourists in Europe’s crowded hotspots’.  Spain is the focus for much of the spate of anti-tourist incidents reported, but it’s not alone … Continue reading

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Bartlow Enigma

What is this object, one of several, hunkered down in a shelter belt near Hills Farm, Bartlow?  A trap? If so, what for?  A military left over?  Left over from what? Ventilation for something running underground?    An unlikely place for … Continue reading

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‘The Treachery of Images’

This seems an extreme way to fill a gap in a hedgerow.  Why not just continue the fence or, better still, plant a couple of hawthorns and let nature finish the job?  Even more curious, on the other side is … Continue reading

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Iceland at Balzano’s

Sue Brock-Hollinshead puts the finishing touches to her exhibition of photographs of Iceland at Balzano’s.  Ten pictures capture the stark simplicity of the landscape, its variety and the contrast between domesticity and the volcanic tensions beneath the surface.  It’s a … Continue reading

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Judging Photographs

‘Camera Clubs are obsessed with competitions’, according to Gerry Metcalfe speaking at a U3A session on Judging Photographs yesterday.  Hence the need for the hundreds of judges whose names are published by the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain.  Apparently judges … Continue reading

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Burnham Overy 3 – Razor Clams

The razor clam, razor fish, or spoot, is a bivalve living buried in sandy beaches.   It has an elongated, rectangular shape, whose similarity to a straight razor gives it its name.   The shells are fragile, with open ends; the outside … Continue reading

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Burnham Overy 2

The River Burn is a chalk stream 12 km long, has a catchment of 100 sq. km and falls just 36 m from source to sea.  A barely noticeable presence, it signifies itself through the settlements of Burnham Norton, Burnham … Continue reading

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Burnham Overy 1

Mr Knights taught us geography at secondary school.  Then it was thought important to know about cotton in Lancashire, coal in South Wales and shipbuilding on the Clyde.  We learned to read Ordnance Survey maps and looked for arêtes, u-shaped … Continue reading

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Burnham Pigeons

Sometimes photography shouldn’t be taken too seriously. Photo: Burnham Overy Staithe July 2017

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Stowe Legacy

If you were to ask the Pythonesque question, ‘What has the landed gentry ever done for us?’ the apologist’s answer might not be as impressive as the original list of credits to the Romans: “the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, … Continue reading

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Wheat and Barley

Members of our walking group often ask what is growing in the fields we are traipsing round.  The early growth of green tops and grass-like leaves look much alike, so there is some excuse, though often even the fully grown … Continue reading

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Docwra’s Manor

This seat by the Main Lawn at Docwra’s Manor has been given an aged weather beaten textures and is slowly being taken over by nature.  Unusable now, it looks never to have been very comfortable.  The uprights of the back … Continue reading

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Things Past

I’ve been writing a very rough biographical memoir to leave to my children and grandchildren.  The narrative reflects the changing world since my earliest memories from the 1950s. Sometimes the passage of time is crystallised in the realisation that there … Continue reading

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