Best-Loved Books

Not strictly inspired by Plaxtol, but I have come to realize that the books I love best inform my writing, elaborate my understanding of wildlife, landscape and history, and affirm my sense of place. Here are the ones which come most readily to mind. Advertisements

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Landscape, Lives


On 15 April I tweeted that I had heard the first cuckoo of the Plaxtol year. As each spring comes around, this moment always reminds me of a newspaper piece I found a few years ago, dating from 1904.

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Featured, Lives

To market, to market …

In rural areas in the nineteenth century, where no other transport links existed and where most local people could not have afforded them anyway, carriers’ carts provided a vital and inexpensive there-and-back-again service between villages and towns, bearing passengers, goods and errands to market and home once more.

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