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If you thought protecting natural species and the environmental movement was a 20th century phenomon then you would be wrong.  According to Andrea Wulf in The Founding Gardeners, James Madison, the fourth President of the US, was way ahead of everyone else.  In May 1818 in his Address to the Agriculture Society of Albemarle railed against “the excessive destruction of timber” and the affect of man increasing “certain plants an animals –… Read More

I can’t remember when I first became aware of the existence of St Michael’s Mount but it was a long time ago.  It spoke to my child’s imagination and curiosity.  Despite many visits to Cornwall over the years I have never really been in the right area or with the right people.  This year I realised that St Michael’s Mount, and St Ives another on the list, were very do-able and yesterday… Read More

I have frequently driven through the town of Craven Arms on my way to Wales or the Welsh Marches and noticed a sign to Stokesay Castle and each time I think I really must go and visit but I don’t.  Then earlier this year my youngest son and I took a slow and ponderous train journey from Hereford to Bangor and the route went along the other side of Stokesay and I… Read More

Will our blogs be seen as an archive for social comment in the future?  I was prompted to wonder this when I recently received my winter directive from the Mass Observation Project. The Project was originally set up at the start of World War II in order to record the experiences and thoughts of everyday people in the UK.  Participants from all walks of life and all ages were asked to keep… Read More