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Martin Davis
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Stanway
Where should I take a visitor from Portugal to walk in the Cotswolds? This was the question I answered with "Stanway" yesterday. Parking alongside the railings beside the old chestnut avenue, you pass through what was once a typical village in these parts, ...

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Au revoir or adieu?
Sweet Juliet is still, this last day of 2014, in flower in our garden; and - below - the leaves of the Acanthus near it shine with promise for next Summer. We've sprouts yet to eat, and broccoli, Cumberland cale and rocket. There's even a picking to be made...

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Stone
All Saints Stone is one of the most Southerly of Gloucestershire's churches and the 188th I have photographed when I stopped by this evening after dropping Agnes back in Bristol. Its tall tower and spire can be seen for miles around this flat part of the ol...

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Help at hand
Sarah drove in on Christmas Eve, the car full of good things, but itself in a bad way. Today, Matt, the AA man, came and towed it home to her local garage in Hampshire.

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The Christmas Express
To add to the general chaos of Christmas Day lunch for 11, William's new model train set was installed on the table before the pudding - useful for conveying the nuts round.

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Faith Space
I ought to have been aware of our local University's Faith Space: it must have opened a while ago, but I only noticed it this morning, as I was cutting through Park Campus. It presumably replaces what was the campus chapel, which always seemed - to a passer...

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The Christmas Outing
One of Birmingham's favourite sons, John Baskerville (1706 – 1775) is commemorated in the city's Centenary Square by David Patten's Portland stone sculpture of the Baskerville typeface, Industry and Genius (1990). It makes a great climbing frame. Eight of u...

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Tower of bauble
It's good when grandchildren can take over the decoration of the Christmas tree.
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