Category Archives: Landscape

My Favourite Pictures (2): The Ribblehead Viaduct, North Yorkshire (1876)

On a clear sunny day the Ribblehead Viaduct can look as stunning as anything in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.  I’d visited the place three times, first when doing a recce and then twice (start and finish) when we were … Continue reading

Posted in Broadcasting, History, Landscape | Tagged , , , , , , ,

The Fascination of Concrete…

The physical remains of our past are generally beautiful to look at. I don’t know whether it’s a result of time, antiquity or our imagination. Ancient churches are one thing, but even standing stones look wonderful, as they defy the … Continue reading

Posted in Archaeology, History, Landscape | Tagged , , , , ,

The Compassion of Solitude

I can’t imagine how grim it must be to be a senior member of the Royal Family and always in the public eye. I think it’s the difficulty of getting away from people that makes life in the modern world … Continue reading

Posted in Landscape, My life | Tagged , ,

Lambing: a good start, fingers crossed

Like every sheep and cattle farmer in Britain, we’re keeping our fingers crossed in case we’re hit by the dreaded Schmallenberg Disease which could easily cause us to lose 80 of our expected 200 lambs. But worse even than that, … Continue reading

Posted in books, Farming, Landscape | Tagged , , , , ,

The Ladders to Heaven at Bath

Bath is best known for its stunning early Georgian architecture, mostly designed by John Wood, father and son (see The Making of the British Landscape, pp. 424-7). These superb buildings have quite rightly earned the city a place as a … Continue reading

Posted in Landscape | Tagged , , , ,

Appalling News: Ash Trees are Threatened and Politicians are Brain-Dead

The Forestry Commission have just announced that a deadly disease of native ash trees has been imported into Britain and has escaped and been found on their land in East Anglia. In fairness, the Commission staff are moving heaven and … Continue reading

Posted in Landscape | Tagged , , , , ,

Ruskin’s View

DON’T PANIC! I’m not about to write about one of Ruskin’s many views on art, life or anything else, for that matter. One of the first and most influential of art critics, Ruskin had loads of views – perhaps even … Continue reading

Posted in Landscape, My life | Tagged , , , , , , , ,

Climate and the British Scene

The weather is an integral part of the landscape. Just go for a stroll on a sunny day: everything is rosy. The hills in the distance are there, but slightly concealed by the summer haze. Overhead, fluffy fair weather clouds … Continue reading

Posted in History, Landscape | Tagged , , , , ,

Travel: a Cure for Olympic Flatulence

If I had five pounds for every person I’ve met who’s been complaining about belches and farts caused by sitting in front of the television hour after hour watching the Olympics, I’d be a rich man.  Happily, while the rest … Continue reading

Posted in Archaeology, History, Landscape, Time Team | Tagged , , , , ,

Time Team Series 20. My Third Episode: Day Three

Isn’t life strange? I thought I’d wake up with a head as thick as two short planks, but no: I felt fine. Bouncy even.  As ever, Phil, Stuart Ainsworth and I were the first people down to breakfast, which is … Continue reading

Posted in Archaeology, Broadcasting, Landscape, Time Team | Tagged ,