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  • A Home for Happy Glampers 14 Jul 17

    Familiar sights in the fields and villages of Hertfordshire might be tractors, parked up against hay bales. Perhaps the green shimmer of crops quivering in the wind. Lines of trees marking the... Read More

  • Making More of Moore 21 Apr 17

    Perry Green, Henry Moore’s former home and workplace, near Much Hadham in East Hertfordshire, is barely 25 miles from central London… and yet there is a palpable sense of shedding the city and all... Read More

  • The Sky's The Limit 29 Jul 16

    “The sky is one of the things I like most about ‘sculpture with nature’,” said Henry Moore, arguably Britain’s most famous sculptor, in 1951. “There is no background to sculpture better... Read More

  • Catching The Tide 20 May 16

    Beyond the shimmering towers of Canary Wharf, the railway bridges, and the pedestrian-free fury of the Blackwall motorways, ghosts from London’s dockland past live on in strange, unexpected... Read More

  • A Pavilion With A View 2 Aug 13

    Bedfordshire, according to my dilapidated copy of The Rough Guide to England, is ‘not a county you’d cross England to visit’. That’s a fair enough comment if you are a seeker of the... Read More

  • In An English Country Garden 11 May 12

    Borde Hill Garden, near Haywards Heath in West Sussex, has been described by Country Life as ‘one of the country’s truly great gardens’. Roughly an hour and a half away from the heart of the... Read More

  • Welcome To Hogwarts 30 Mar 12

    The countdown to the long-awaited Warner Bros Studio Tour: The Making Of Harry Potter is at its eleventh hour as I write. On the afternoon of Saturday 31 March, the latest chapter in the amazing... Read More

  • (Re)Discover St Albans 30 Mar 12

    The Cathedral and Abbey Church of Saint Alban dominates the skyline, as it has done for over 900 years. Its imposing façade and dramatic rooflines root the city firmly in the past; this is a place... Read More

  • Rural Utopia 21 Oct 11

    We southerners are apt to underplay the glories of our landscape. It’s as if we have an inferiority complex, knowing that even the best of our natural beauties – the intimate beechwoods of the... Read More

  • Woodland Interlude 26 Aug 11

    Between Abbots Langley and Hemel Hempstead stands the ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ village of Bedmond. With a population of under two thousand, two general shops and one pub, even on the High... Read More

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