Love the piece Mac, and love the scarecrows. Most everyone loves traveling to the UK (especially with the improvements in food these past few decades!), and I enjoy few things more than going to less commonly visited places and scenes like this. We want more!!
Looks like a lot of fun for adults and children...were these mostly made by individual families, or by community groups? Dr. F, I do think English food has been given a bad rep that it never really deserved. Different, but not less good than the Continent!
PHeymont, suffice it to say that British food has greatly improved in the last 25 years. I could share with you tales about our 3 weeks there in the 1980s, but that's neither here nor there. But there's so much good stuff to see in the UK that everyone should visit it at least once in their lifetime.
I think the ruling class would have admired this monument to empire, source of wealth and employment for younger sons. And then there's the tradition of eccentricity among those of their class so I suspect no one thought much about it.
One of the most beautiful gardens I've ever visited (through your excellent photoessay)! I, too, am partial to the fern. In Canada they are called 'fiddlesticks', for obvious regions, and they are quite delicious when picked early on.
They are delicious. The most memorable single dish I've ever had was forest ferns, far out into the Chinese countryside near the Burma border, cooked for 3 of us, the only other people for miles I think, the lovely taxi driver who knew the place, my friend and me. Other things, too, but it's the ferns I remember.
In Maine, where we enjoyed them, they're called "fiddlehead" ferns. Wonder if there are other regional variations? PS...they are even available canned...which I don't even want to try. The same company has canned dandelions as well.
The horses (probably only some 10 plus a donkey) and some 50 cattle are allowed to roam and graze totally free (restrained only by cattle grids on the surrounding roads) for around 8 months of the year. Theoretically only animal owners with ancient "Commoners Rights" linked to ownership of old properties in the immediate vicinity of the Common are permitted to release their animals to graze free in this way. The present purpose of the animals roaming in this way is supposed to be keeping...
There is a wonderful surreal quality to this picture. Nevertheless, it is also amusing. Thank you so much for sharing this. The information about the Commoners Rights is also very interesting. Great pic + history + horses + ice cream = Happy Trails !
Basking in the warmth of an unusually sunny and delightful English summer, there is nothing nicer, particularly if you are a hot horse, than being able to queue up for a cooling ice cream cone at the Winstones ice cream van parked up on Minchinhampton...
After a visit to William Morris’s Kelmscott Manor, PortMoresby crosses the River Thames to visit Buscot Park, with a stunning room dedicated to a Pre-Raphaelite painter and, unexpectedly, warriors in the garden.
The magnificent Travel Gumbo caters for all travelers travelling from everywhere to everywhere else, so it is in the vein of trying to attract visitors to my own country that I use this as an excuse to (request) publication of this selection of very...
Gertrude Stein's description of Oakland ("There is no there there") seems the opposite of Hidcote Boyce: there's little of what we usually expect a town or village to have, but what there is, is all "there."
Update: Part 3 of Hilary Mantel's Thomas Cromwell trilogy, 'The Mirror and the Light', will be published later this year. I think that will require a celebratory tour of all the houses used as settings for the BBC's 'Wolf Hall", don't you think?
For the first time, Edward Burne-Jones Briar Rose paintings will leave Buscot Park, the house for which they were painted, to join others of the artists works at the Tate Britain gallery, London, from October until February 2019. Read the whole story here .
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