Reading the Landscape: Stanfords Travel Writers Festival 2019

Achieve a level of outdoor awareness that will enable you to understand the landscape around you. Tristan Gooley shows how it is possible to sense direction from stars and plants, forecast weather from woodland sounds and predict the next action of an animal from its body language – instantly. Mary-Ann Ochota shares her archaeological expertise to reveal the historic features you can spot in the countryside around you – from Bronze Age burial mounds to turnpiked toll roads. Read More Reading the Landscape: Stanfords Travel Writers Festival 2019

Three minutes through the History of Britain by Mary-Ann Ochota

Mary-Ann Ochota, the author of Hidden Histories: A Spotter’s Guide to the British Landscape tells us the history behind some things we might see while out exploring:

Most people have had the experience – peering out of a train or car window, walking across a field, or gazing at a hillside – of seeing something manmade and possibly ancient, but not knowing what it is they’re looking at. Read More Three minutes through the History of Britain by Mary-Ann Ochota

Civil War Reading

Today let me recommend two good books about a pivotal event in US history, the American Civil War. Both of these books are rather hefty volumes (totalling over 1600 pages between them) which makes the ongoing winter evenings a perfect time to tackle them. Read More Civil War Reading