The ultimate dovecote

This surely has to be the most magnificent dovecote I have ever seen – I call it the Westcott Wonder.  Pristinely thatched and maintained in the picturesque village of Westcott, one mile west of Dorking in the Surrey Hills, the dovecote resides close to the central village green.  It has a weather vane above it…

Mythago Morris – Morris Dancers with attitude

By happy co-incidence, a visit to the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum introduced me to Mythago Morris – Morris Dancers – but not as we know them! Musicians, story tellers and dancers, this troupe of wandering players are committed to illustrating some of the old English stories through dance, music, verse and an occasional song.  The dances…

The first sign of Spring: Hampshire’s golden fields

For me, the ripening fields of bright yellow rapeseed signal the first sign of spring.  This year, they seem to have appeared a little earlier than usual along Lovedean and Chalton Lanes near Clanfield, Hampshire. I wonder where the next crops will – well – crop up – as normally, I would expect to be…