In the North Kent Downs: the West Street Tickham's last meet & Twentieth Century Castles.
Hunt supporters don't carry umbrellas. On March 16th under lead-grey skies and needle-sharp rain the West Street Tickham hunt met for the last time on the gravel in front of Doddington Place in Kent. Lachrymal weather and these rain-blotched pictur...
April 14th, 2013
Dark Satanic Mills.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. For my taste, these twin cranes or derricks at Battersea Power Station are the only public art worth pausing for from here to Tate Modern. But they won't be there much longer. The eighty something year old power ...
March 15th, 2013
What to do in Walton-on-the-Naze in Winter.
Have you ever been to Walton on the Naze? Like its sister resort of Clacton on Sea it has a long (790 metre) pier with fairground amusements and fishermen casting lines fruitlessly into the grey-green swell. But Walton on the Naze is tiny by comparis...
January 14th, 2013
Beautiful Britain ? Roche Rock.
Hundreds of picture have been taken of Roche Rock looking sublime and Romantic, like this.
The granite chapel on the outcrop is roofless now, reached by a vertical iron ladder embedded in the side of the rock. It was dedicated to St. Michael in 14...
December 9th, 2012
At Boleigh Farm.
Deryck and David Eddy and their mother Marion live at Boleigh Farm, where they have been looking after the dairy herd since they were schoolboys.
A little way along the road is a stone circle once called Dans Maen ( Stone Dance) in Cornish and...
November 19th, 2012
The National Collection of dahlias.
Winter is icumen in fast, now, over the dahlia meadow at Varfell Farm, where they keep the national collection, blackening the edges of leaves and petals. Over 275 miles off from London, it is a comparatively modest operation, but this year they ...
October 25th, 2012
Summer Season interval at Grange Park Opera.
Far, far, far more beautiful than Glyndebourne and so much nicer than Garsington, with patron Lord Ashburton and his impresario Wasfi Kani on stage before curtain up, fundraising for the next season. No tax payers money is used in these productions...
October 7th, 2012
A Farewell to Hanham Court.
Julian and Isabel Bannerman, Ismay, Rex and Bertie don’t live at Hanham Court any more. When they gave their farewell party last summer the gardens for which they and Hanham have become justly famous were at their best.
Christies sold some of the ...