We went for a trip into the Fens today. There’s not much to see apart from black soil and big skies with a few scattered houses (that always seem to need some paint or a repair to the fence).
Actually that’s not really fair. They have large agricultural buildings, reeds growing in roadside ditches and a lot of history.
I would be happy to move back, as they are actually more interesting than any town in the Midlands. The Fens are an example of what we do to the world. First we drained them, then we watched them dry out and blow away. The ground level is currently around four metres lower than it was in 1850.
Mainly they have big skies. I’ll leave you with a few photos for now. They would have been better if there had been some foreground interest like wind turbines or pylons but there was nowhere to park so I took what I could. With long straight roads and thundering lorries you need to park safely.
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Four metres lower!!!
Yes. 10,000 years to create and 150 to destroy.
I think that the Ministry of Transport should have its communal feet held to the fire until it realises the necessity of putting in convenient lay-bys whenever a photographic opportunity presents itself. It is appallingly slack.
I have frequently said things of a similar sort (though less elegantly expressed) to Julia, but she fails to share my sense of outrage.
Some people have no soul.
I’m tempted to agree with you but if she reads this I may have trouble talking my way out of it.
She is doubtless a very fine person of taste and discrimination.
If you stop and think about her choice of husband you may like to edit that comment. 🙂
It was in my mind that her husband choice confirmed her excellent judgement.
Lovely photos of the sky.
Thanks. At one point I though I was going to miss it but finally managed to find a lay-by.
An excellent set
Thanks Derrick – we saw several people in padded jackets yesterday and every time I thought of your new bag. 🙂
Wagons permanently loaded with sugar beet last time I was around there!
Yes, sugar beet is a recurring theme!
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Excellent photos. I know what those Fenland roads are like – scary at times!
They used to have road signs in Kenya “Better late in this world than early in the next” – we could do with them in the Fens. Though “late in this world” could be open to misinterpretation.
It could! But yes, a good idea!
The landscape looks uncannily like central Illinois… No fens there; just prairie.
I think I like the sound of that. 🙂