Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Countryside Blog of an Essex Born Lady – February 2017 (14)

It is well documented that during pagan times when nature worship was prevalent, the festival of light (which later became the Christian celebration known as Candlemas) marked the mid point of winter, half way...

Restoring The Halt

One of the greatest advancements and fastest progressions for agriculture in British history was surely the birth of steam. Britain's countryside has long been rich in agriculture, but in earlier times when people lived by...

The Countryside Blog of an Essex Born Lady – January 2017 (13)

The sun's subtle rays feel more convincingly welcome during the month of January as Earth gently tilts closer towards the sun, softening the harshest shades and tones of winter. The days were bitterly cold though,...

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...