Monday, 26 November 2018

Edward Storey - Fenland chronicler and poet

I have worked in the Fenland city of Ely for the last six years - commuting in all weathers and at all times through the Norfolk and Cambridgeshire Fens...

Edward Storey has died at the age of 88.
He was a chronicler of the Fens: an author and poet.
There was a lovely piece on Edward on BBC Radio Norfolk that I heard yesterday on the way home, which described him as 'a poet of place'.

You walk the roof of the world here.

Only the clouds are higher

And they are not permanent.
Trees are too distant for the wind to reach
And mountains hide below the horizon.
The wind labours through reed
As though they were the final barrier.
Houses and farms cling like crustations
To the black hull of the earth.
Here, you must walk with yourself,
Or share the spirits of forgotten ages.

Keith Skipper has written a lovely piece in the EDP.

More to come on Edward in a future blog post....

Image: Alan Parkinson - Fens near Manea - CC licensed

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Summer images

This is one of my faves, with a touch of Snapseed, and taken at Wells next the Sea on the Norfolk Coast. What are your favourite landscape images of the summer?

Friday, 17 August 2018


A film which connects with Robert MacFarlane's book of the same title...

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

School's out for Summer

My latest blog post for the OS Leisure blog as part of my work as a GetOutside Champion is now up.

It features some ideas for teachers (and non-teachers) to get outside this summer with a purpose.
Why not visit a key case study location, or revisit your commute through new ideas, or get out your camera...
Let me know if you use any of the ideas.

Friday, 13 July 2018

Hunstanton Cliffs - a new resource

A few resources which I worked on are hitting the internet now (or soon...) in time for the last part of the summer term, when hopefully there are some decisions being made about what to teach in the new academic year in terms of curriculum resources.

First up is a resource which I wrote a while back, and which has now been added to the RGS website (although there are a few final touches still to be added I think...) The resource has the context of the Hunstanton Cliffs, and their erosion and management,
It's turned out nicely, and may be of use for those preparing students for NEAs and other situations.

While we're on a coastal theme, check out this 170+ page report on erosion at Hemsby which contains a wealth of technical detail and images on this area of the coast which has been in the news for a while since the demolition of several beach side homes.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Thought for the Day

The Fens is a great landscape. Hint any mountains to get in the way of the view.
Norfolk Saying

Image: Alan Parkinson