While the rest of the medieval world goes loopy that bones under the car park in Leicester are those of Richard III (rather than a temporally and geographically dislocated Brookside storyline), I have been busy setting up a new sister blog to this site. Is It Not Beautiful Here? is both a slightly twee rhetorical question and a platform for me to share a stack of photos I have taken over the years. The emphasis will be very much on the contemporary character of the places depicted, although I’m sure a few medieval bits will make it through. Please forgive its somewhat skeletal present nature – at the time of writing it is barely 12 hours old. I intend to post new pictures daily so if you check back again in a few days there should be all sorts to look at.
While you’re waiting for time to pass, may I recommend you take a squizz at a piece I wrote over the course of the weekend about a recent visit to a wooded corner of south-east London to examine the Fæsten dic, a poorly-understood Anglo-Saxon defensive earthwork. The inspiration for both the trip and the analysis is Mr Steve Bullar, whose brilliantly-detailed letter I posted about not long after I received it back in the Autumn. Today there’s a definite whiff of Spring in the air. Here’s hoping it’s the start of something.