Contents

Preface
My First Week in Britain, London, 18 August 2004
The Isle of Wight, 28-30 August 2004
Winchester, Hampshire, 5 September 2004
The Vyne, Hampshire, 11 September 2004
Hampton Court Palace, Greater London, 12 September 2004
Brokenhurst and Lymington, Hampshire, 18 September 2004
Farnborough, Hampshire, 26 September 2004
Salisbury, Wiltshire, 2-3 October 2004
Richmond and Covent Garden, London, 9 October 2004
The Colours of Autumn, Avon, 16 October 2004
Exeter and Plymouth, Devon, 23 October 2004
Dartmoor National Park, Devon, 24 October 2004
Imperial War Museum, London, 31 October 2004
At a University Town, Oxford, 14 November 2004
National Portrait Gallery, London, 20 November 2004
The Art of Appreciation, London, 3 December 2004
Stowe Landscape Gardens, Buckinghamshire, 11 December 2004
The Stonehenge, Wiltshire, 19 December 2004
Greenwich, Greater London, 29 December 2004
Sri Swaminarayan Mandir, London, 1 January 2005
Glastonbury and Wells, Somerset, 9 January 2005
Miracles in Art, Canterbury, Kent, 12 February 2005
Herne Bay and Reculver, Kent, 13 February 2005
The Uffington White Horse, Oxfordshire, 19 February 2005
Windsor, Berkshire, 5 March 2005
Thoughts from the Lake District, Cumbria, 24-29 March 2005
Castlerigg Stone Circle
Possession
To High Seat
The Sparkling Streams
The Lodore Falls
On Guide Books
Skiddaw
At Friar’s Crag
On Beauty
On Walkers
On Concentration
Borrowdale Rambler
The View of Borrowdale
The Chaos of Nature
Top Management
Conversations
Not Wild Enough
New Neighbours
Tent Ventilation
Country Dinners
Holidaying in the Lake District
On Confidence
Who needs pictures?
The Champions of Cumbria
This Work of Nature
Honister Crag
Heavenly Buttermere
Fresh Innocence
Geffrye Museum, London, 9 April 2005
Brighton, East Sussex, 10 April 2005
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, 16 April 2005
Basildon Park, Berkshire, 24 April 2005
Walking in Brecon Beacons, Powys, Wales, 30 April 2005 – 2 May 2005
30 April
1 May
2 May
The British Library, London, 7 May 2005
On the North Downs, Surrey, 8 May 2005
Two Castles and a Garden, East Sussex, 21 May 2005
The Beauty of Sissinghurst, Kent, 22 May 2005
Knole and Ightham Mote, Kent, 30 May 2005
In One’s Own County, Hampshire, 4 June 2005
Thoughts from the Isle of Purbeck, Dorset, 11-12 June 2005
Introduction
Brownsea Island
To Live in Society
Natural History
The Naturists
Coastal Views
Sea-gulls
The Chapel of St Aldhelm
The Skylark
Corfe Castle
Summer in London, 18 June 2005
This Oppressive Summer
The National Gallery
Beauty in Isolation
Indian Ocean in London
Thoughts from Penzance and Land’s End, Cornwall, 24-27 June 2005
Reading to Penzance
Two Mounts Rising from the Sea
Memory and Feeling
The Meaning of Life
A Taste of Fresh Smoked Mackerel
The Trengwainton Gardens
Walking in Leisure
A Developed Society
The Somerset Levels
St Ives
Maiden Legends
The Boleigh Pipes
The Levant Mine
A Local Hero
An Idle Day in London, 10 July 2005
Random Observations in London, 17 July 2005
By the Quiet Waterway, Basingstoke, Hampshire, 23 July 2005
A Long Summer’s Day, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire, 30 July 2005
At the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 6 August 2005
The Naquada Culture
Digging Up the Graves
The Messiah Violin
Where does it all begin?
The Celtic Coin
On Pottery
A Little of Everything, Warwick, 13 August 2005
In Shakespeare’s Country, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, 20-21 August 2005
Tramping in the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, 27-29 August 2005
Moreton-in-Marsh, Chipping Campden, Broadway, Stanton
Ford, Condicote, Stow-on-the-Wold
Lower Slaughter, Bourton-on-the-Water, Northleach, Hampnett
Worcester and the Malvern Hills, 10-11 September 2005
Snowdonia National Park, Gwynedd, Wales, 24-27 September 2005
The Silence Within
On Sheep
A First Taste of Mountain Winds
The Walk to Nant Ffrancon
More Wind, Some Rain
A Beautiful Moment
Bodnant Gardens
A Developed Nation
Guildford, Surrey, 18 September 2005
The Natural History Museum, London, 9 October 2005
Stourhead, Wiltshire, 15 October 2005
Osterley, Greater London, 29 October 2005
Winkworth Arboretum, Godalming, Surrey, 30 October 2005
An Autumn Weekend in Edinburgh, Scotland, 5-6 November 2005
First Impressions
The City from the Air
The Enigma of Seven
Edinburgh, Then and Now
Without Itinerary
The Palace of Holyroodhouse
The Art Collections
Museum, Exhibition and Gallery, London, 10 December 2005
The Yorkshire Dales, 26 December 2005 – 2 January 2006
Preparations
Arrival in Leeds
First Glimpse of the Dales
The Three Peaks
The Wonders of Malham
New Year at Ripon
Farewell to Leeds
Expenses
Woking, Surrey, 7 January 2006
On the South Downs, East Sussex, 21 January 2006
Abbotsbury, Dorset, 4 February 2006
Chichester, West Sussex, 12 February 2006
In Search of Churchill, Blenheim, Oxfordshire, 18 February 2006
Farewell to Farnborough, Hampshire, 26 February 2006
Dunstable Downs, Bedfordshire, 5 March 2006
The Diversity of London, 11 March 2006
Hampstead, Greater London, 19 March 2006
On the Hertfordshire Way, 26 March 2006
The Road to Ely, Cambridgeshire, 1 April 2006
The Magic of Cambridge, 2 April 2006
The North York Moors, North Yorkshire, 13-18 April 2006
On the Wrong Foot
Roseberry Topping
Guisborough Forest
A Glimpse of the Moors
Guisborough Priory
Discovering James Cook
Old Age and Dying
Epilogue
Reflections on Britain, 19 August 2006
The Crippled Traveller
A Sense of History
A Question of Identity
What’s in a Name?
The Ubiquitous Tea Room
Campanology
The Immigration Issue
Racism
Internationalization
The Parliamentary Process
Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony
References
Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, 26 August 2006
Petworth and Arundel, West Sussex, 2 September 2006
Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, 3 September 2006
The Suffolk Countryside, 9-10 September 2006
Stanningfield
Lavenham
Ickworth
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk Pink
The Charitable English
Travelling through Suffolk
A Taste of India, London, 15 October 2006
Reflections from Cambridge, 21 October 2006
An Ancient Spirit
The Fitzwilliam Museum
King’s College Chapel
The Big Issue
Evensong at the Cathedral, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, 22 October 2006
The Hidden Treasures of Southwell, Nottinghamshire, 28 October 2006
In Search of Robin Hood, Nottinghamshire, 29 October 2006
Nottingham is for Lace, 4 November 2006
Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire, 5 November 2006
Woods, Parks, Hills and Country Trails, Leicestershire, 11-12 November 2006
A Perfect Country
Shooting Game
Competition is Good!
Remembrance Sunday
Woodhouse Eaves
Gujarati Dinner
Art and Expression, Coventry, 25 November 2006
In an Ancient Market Town, Leicester, 26 November 2006
Northumberland National Park, 1-10 December 2006
Preparations
On Walls
Housesteads
The Rainbow
A Fox Hunt
On Reading Maps
Demesne Farm
Day at Bellingham
Back to School
YHA Byrness
Redesdale Forest
On Trees
Danger in the Hills
A Splendid Day
The Pennine Way
Uswayford Farm
Small Stories, Big Hospitality
The Cheviot
St Cuthbert’s Way
The Peaks are not Enough
An Approach to Walking
Step-by-step
Towns and Cities
An Idle Vacation in Scotland, 22-31 December 2006
Fri, 22 Dec, Glasgow
Sat, 23 Dec, Oban
Sun, 24 Dec, Oban
Mon, 25 Dec, Oban
Tue, 26 Dec, Oban
Wed, 27 Dec, Isle of Mull
Thu, 28 Dec, Oban
Fri, 29 Dec, Glasgow
Sat, 30 Dec, Glasgow
Sun, 31 Dec, Glasgow
Norwich and Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, 13-14 January 2007
Norwich, the City of Churches
Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery
Norwich Cathedral
The Greatness of Great Yarmouth
The Small Stories of Great Yarmouth
The Chilterns, Buckinghamshire, 3 February 2007
The Cathedral of Lincoln, 10 February 2007
West Front
Galilee Porch
Nave, Transepts and Crossing
Pulpitum
Choir
Chapels
Cloister
Chapter House
Some Lincolnshire Villages, 11 February 2007
White Cliffs Country, Kent, 17 February 2007
The Lincolnshire Wolds, 24-25 February 2007
A Sort of Freedom
The Wolds
Villages and Towns
Three Conversations
Three Businesses
From Whitby to Scarborough, North Yorkshire, 3-4 March 2007
Discovering Dorset, 17-18 March 2007
First Impressions of Sherborne
The Wonder of Sherborne
An Ancient Landscape
Walking in the Cerne Valley
Dorchester
Wanderings in Essex, 24 March 2007
Epping Town
Epping Forest
Waltham Abbey
The Pull of London
Bhaktivedanta Manor, Hertfordshire, 25 March 2007
Lakeland Ruminations, Cumbria, 31 March 2007 – 01 April 2007
Sweet Anticipation
Shapes and Forms
God’s Act of Creation
On the Edge
Bread and Wine
Open 24 Hours
This Business of Travel
Ramblings in Shropshire, 5-9 April 2007
Journeying to Coalport
An Industrial Heritage
Much Wenlock
Wilderhope Manor
Little Stretton
Church Stretton
On Being Green
Those Blue Remembered Hills
The Ways of Shropshire
Shrewsbury
Easter in Bloom
Attingham Park
Backpacking through Southern Scotland, 15-22 April 2007
Lockerbie – Sunday, 15 Apr
Sweetheart Abbey – Sunday, 15 Apr
Mabie Forest – Sunday, 15 Apr
Drumlanrig Castle – Monday, 16 Apr
On the Lowther Hills – Monday, 16 Apr
The Little Secret of Sanquhar – Tuesday, 17 Apr
Robert Burns – Tuesday, 17 Apr
Starlit Night in Dunure Castle – Tuesday, 17 Apr
The Electric Brae – Wednesday, 18 Apr
Culzean Castle and Country Park – Wednesday, 18 Apr
On the Move – Wednesday, 18 Apr
An Island Destination – Wednesday, 18 Apr
Distilling Arran – Thursday, 19 Apr
On Arran’s Saddle – Friday, 20 Apr
The Crystal Clear Stream – Friday, 20 Apr
Brodick Castle, Garden and Country Park – Friday, 20 Apr
Arran’s Wildlife – Saturday, 21 Apr
Paisley – Saturday, 21 Apr
The Glasgow School of Art – Saturday, 21 Apr
Pollok House – Sunday, 22 Apr
Lunch at Pollok House – Sunday, 22 Apr
The Reluctant Traveller – Sunday, 22 Apr
By the River Thames, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire, 6 May 2007
Scribbles from Devon and Cornwall, 12-20 May 2007
Introduction
Truro Cathedral
Trelissick Garden
Falmouth
Trebah Garden
Coverack
Cadgwith
Kynance Cove
Lizard Point
The Lizard Wireless Station
The Return of the Cornish Chough
Possession of Beauty
Lanhydrock
Lostwithiel
Among the Fields of Barley
Travellers’ Tales
Fowey, Polperro and Looe
Polruan Coastguard
Two Chicks and a Bird
South West Coast Path
Bodmin Moor
Lydford Gorge
Dartmoor National Park
Interesting Signs
Knightshayes Court
In a New Light
York, Beverley, Hull and Sheffield, 2-3 June 2007
The City of York
Treasurer’s House and Garden
York Minster
Beverley Minster
Hull
The Humber Bridge
Redevelopment of Sheffield
An Exploration of Highlands, Scotland, 9-17 June 2007
Introduction
Inverness
Such a Long Journey
The Great Wilderness
Inverewe Garden
The Bunkhouse at Kinlochewe
Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve
Special Delivery
The Magic of Torridon
Ben Nevis
Remember Me?
Mountains of Wisdom
In a Mountain Bothy
The Truth about Midges
Fort William
The Loch Ness Monster
The Gaelic Language
A Little Disappointed
End of the Road?
In Ancient Wiltshire, 7-8 July 2007
The Wiltshire Landscape
Avebury
Kennet-and-Avon Canal
Lacock Abbey and Village
A Complex Equation
A Glorious Countryside, Derbyshire, 21-22 July 2007
Notes from Cheshire, 28-29 July 2007
The Romance of Chester
Quarry Bank Mill
Little Moreton Hall
The Long Road Home
A Railway Heritage, Swindon, Wiltshire, 25 August 2007
Reminiscing about London, 28 August 2007
In Retrospection, 31 August 2007
Epilogue, 5 September 2007



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