Places are anthropogenic creations called into being by the meeting of humans and their environment. They are prominent among our contributions to our times and our space. … Place-making is a signal of our species. We make good one and bad ones, and plenty of neither-here-nor-there ones. Good, bad or indifferent, they operate on all their constituents.

Tim Dee Ground Work
(Jonathan Cape, London) 2018


A note about the General Data Protection Regulation

The EU’s GDPR comes into force on 25 May this year. It is designed to address the way that businesses and public sector organisations handle customer information. While this blog does not fall into either of those categories – I will never try to sell you anything through these pages – I think it’s worth […]

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Landscape, Legacy

The land opens

Love of Plaxtol has to see beyond the opening of the year. It’s not always easy to be inspired by the parish in the months of January and February. Of course, there are the occasional shining days — a dazzling frost and soul-soaring sunrise — but, on the whole, these are the months when Plaxtol […]

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These furrowed and grassy fields, each with a sort of personality given to it by its capricious hedge … these are the mother tongue of our imagination, the language that is laden with all the subtle inextricable associations the fleeting hours of our childhood left behind them.

George Eliot (1860)

Away, Lives

In honour of them all

Just a quick post with a link to a piece by talented calligrapher Patricia Lovett MBE about the beautiful Roll of Honour which she created for Plaxtol.

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On the wing

Yesterday, I saw my first swifts of the season. In Plaxtol’s high street, a faint and much-loved cry made me look up, and there they were: three sickle shapes winging overhead.

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Every man almost is a builder, and … will not be quiet till he have pulled down the old house (if any were there standing) and set up a new after his own device.

William Harrison,
Description of England (1577)

Away, Landscape, Lives


April has been a month of profound contrasts. Remarkably warm days a couple of weeks ago have brought wildflowers, garden blooms (many tulips have come and gone) and fruit blossom out much earlier than usual.

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History marches with nature, and each is the richer for the discourse.

Sue Clifford, co-Founder,
Common Ground

Away, Landscape

Enjoying the countryside safely

  Blogging at The Farm Upon The Hill, Kate Morris is a working vet living on a Pembrokeshire dairy farm with her partner and two small children. In a recent post she tackled the question of enjoying the countryside in safety. Her observations struck a chord with me, and so I have reblogged her reflections here.

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