“Speed diminishes the gifts that a journey can give you, the gift, for instance, of moving through a landscape slowly enough to be able to watch it, take in its characteristics, observe the land’s relationship to the sky, the patterning made by boundaries, whether of hedge or stone, the way that trees, banks in the lane signal changes in the underpinning landscape: limestone turning to chalk, clay to sandy loam.  Travelling fast, especially on aeroplanes, there is not enough time to clear away the mental baggage you have brought with you from the ordinary and make a space in your mind for the extraordinary.” Anna Pavord, Landskipping

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