Friday, 27 September 2013

Montacute House isn't far from my parent's place in Dorset, so we went there for a morning.  Aside from the huge Elizabethan house itself -visited and lived in by a bunch of famous people over the years- the grounds themselves are rather fine.  The hedges and trees are quite remarkable and whimsical:







...but in other places formal and mysterious:





Back in Dorset that evening we walked through some fields in the evening, lush grass growing for sheep:




...and wheat ripening.


  


I wouldn't care to live in England any more, but I wish we had their tradition of public trails across the countryside.  It's always disappointing to see so much land here at home without any public trails.

Sunday, 15 September 2013

We went to England for a couple weeks, some time in Berkshire, Dorset, and London.  London is basically a theme park run by Eastern Europeans now, but perhaps I'm just getting old and jaded.  We did brave the August crowds to go on the London Eye, which really is an amazing piece of machinery.  I can say it gives an excellent view.







There is a growing number of outrageous skyscrapers built or being built in London, but the old city is still growing even where there isn't any room.  This made me think of Megacity One:


 

Another apartment block of the future:




Earlier, we had been to Lyme Regis, a quintessential English seaside town, famous for the fossils which are being eroded out of the tall soft cliffs by the sea.  Some of the boulders are almost as soft as soap.  The fossil in the picture was about 50 cm across, and in the middle of a morning organizing and negotiating family and relatives gave me a sudden apprehension of enormous silence and age: