Thursday, May 25, 2017

What will the housing White Paper mean for the green belt?

Today the Government will set out its housing White Paper, promising to tackle the 'broken' housing market and build more affordable homes. Among the measures expected to be unveiled by Communities Secretary Sajid David...

The Countryside Blog of an Essex Born Lady – November 2016 (11)

Angus: derived from the Celtic - meaning one strength.   And seemingly fitting that this should be the name chosen by the Met Office for the first storm of the season.  Late in the year,...

The Countryside Blog of an Essex Born Lady – November 2016 (10)

A sudden Scandinavian cold front blanketed the Essex countryside as October tumbled into November, and brought a severe drop in temperatures at nightfall. The first rural frosts of the season were picturesque and the low...

The Countryside Blog of an Essex Born Lady – October 2016 (9)

After the hottest September day in over a century and weeks of blazing hot sunshine, the Essex countryside was showing signs of incredible thirst. The land and fields have been exceptionally dry; too dry to...

The Countryside Blog of an Essex Born Lady – September 2016 (8)

The copper glow of a stunning autumn sunset reaches far across the empty, lonely fields. The sky is still warm with colour, filled with a multi-hue of orange, pink and violet which for a...

The Countryside Blog of an Essex Born Lady – August 2016 (7)

As the lonely August sun rose over the Essex countryside, more than thirty greylag geese took flight from a field where they had rested overnight.  Their shape was somewhat elegant; each one a bold,...

The Eildons: Views from the Valley’s Volcanoes

The Eildon Hill, or Hills as it has a tri-peak, is a non-active volcanic hill of about 1,300 feet located in the Scottish Borders near Melrose and Tweedbank. Whilst the Eildons do not present...

The Countryside Blog of an Essex Born Lady – August 2016 (6)

July fell heavily into August and with it came a sharp drop in temperature.  The mornings gave hint of a cool, damp and early autumnal feel, but when the sun's rays caught the dew...

The Countryside Blog of an Essex Born Lady – July 2016 (5)

Several dry days of long, hot sunshine helped to make way for another gathering season to begin at Wickham Hall.  Harvest was over in the barley fields, almost as quickly as it had started.  And...

The Countryside Blog of an Essex Born Lady – July 2016 (4)

As the sun sets behind the clouds on another warm day in July, the view across the barley fields is showing signs of an imminent harvest.  The crops and grasses along the field's edge...