The Great British Year: winter
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Latest update 04.12.2013 10:23
In connection with BBC’s The Great British Year, we asked our Environmental Practices Advisor, Malcolm Anderson, to give us his thoughts on the current season.
‘One of the advantages of my job is that I get to see almost every property across South West England during every season. I get a sense of discovery and excitement as the character of the properties shifts subtly with the changing seasons; views, colours and smells all vary hugely throughout the year.'
‘For me, winter is the best season to be outdoors. A season of contrast seemingly made for black and white photographs; the bleached bones of the earth on view, all ploughed soils and bare-branched woodlands. Foggy drizzle can blanket the earth in its embrace like a soggy duvet, muting all sounds, or powerful storm clouds can race over, swirling high, menacingly dark castles in the sky.’
‘My personal winter highlight is standing at the top of Lewesdon Hill in West Dorset, looking out across a patchwork quilt of tiny fields and small farmhouses. A sleepy green and brown earthbound sea, the skyline cut by the silhouette of Pilsdon Pen to the southwest. It’s a view written about by William Crowe in his poem of 1788. You can see it for yourself only during the winter months when the bare branches of the beech woodland allows whispers of his memories to filter through the woody skeletal fingers on the weak winter sunlight.’