I’ve just finished reading an article in which George Monbiot is interviewed about his view of the moors as managed at the moment.
Unfortunately, the moors are not that easy to photograph, so here is a verbal description: there are miles and miles of heather and sheep, with miles and miles of grass and sheep on the lower slopes. They do look spectacular, even if they are devoid of their natural vegetation, which would once have been trees.
Now, I would be more than happy to see the moors rewilded but whether the landowners would agree to this or not is a moot point. With or without the EU. So, we appreciated them for what they currently are and at least we’re thankful that they had more to offer than the Britain in Bloom display below!
After this sight, I was more than a little depressed. The Britain in Bloom competition may encourage as much controversial behaviour as Monbiot or the EU or anyone else who has anything to say about landscapes and agriculture, but a weed infested flower display didn’t need to grace the seafront of my hometown.
Fortunately, as can only happen when you move away from a place, the Zetland lifeboat museum was actually open. This is the longest serving lifeboat – decommissioned in about 1880 – and was worth the diversion on the hunt for open public conveniences, which we also eventually found.