Visiting Our Daughter’s New Home On The Lancashire/Yorkshire Moors

The fact is that her new home is only around 20 or 30 miles away from where we live. People tend to think, as did I, that ‘the moors’ are vast expanses of flat land covered with moss, bracken, thickets, etc.

They are not. The terrain is ‘rolling’. Do not think in terms of mountains and valleys. Think of a substantial hills separated by substantial vales. At the bottom of the vales run rivers, but not big rivers. Think of 10 yards wide and 1 foot deep – water gurgling over rocks. But it would be wrong to think that such places are short of human habitation. They are not. What is different from conurbations like Manchester is that the old towns there are much the same as they were a couple of hundred years ago. The moorlands were especially suitable for sheep because of the ‘rolling’ terrain. The local towns grew up as markets.

They have a special architecture, very much built of sandstone or granite. They have a ‘life’ which precedes Brexit and all that shit. They are ‘old England’. They WILL survive.

But that does not mean that Aldi etc have not arrived in those places. Of course they have. They will arrive where there is a population, and there is a population. The difference is that the population is spread out more, mostly in the vales. The only place where people who do not have a car can reasonably access shops is living in the town. Perhaps many people are content to live in the town and happily forgo a car.

Our daughter, husband and son are very happy there. Squirrels climb about in adjacent trees, she has a chicken enclosure. As I told her today, all she needs is a couple of goats to provide fetta cheese. She has a quarter of an acre of land.

She also has an open, wood-burning fire. It is lovely, although the explosions from the trapped gas within the wood can be a bit disconcerting.

‘Old England’ still exists. But it is not only in country places. It is everywhere except in Westminster. ‘Londoners’ are not the ‘nouveau riche’. ‘Londoners’ are the people who have lived there for all their lives, and may well include black people, muslims, gays, or whatever. It does not matter. What matters is that they should not allow propaganda to divide them.

Politics has to change. The sight of PM May thrashing a dead horse, which is the so-called ‘agreement’ with the aristocracy of the EU Empire about Brexit, is comical. She should have worn a jester’s hat. From the beginning, the EU bosses had no authority to negotiate anything. The whole Brexit ‘negotiation’ has been charade. Juncker et al never had any power to do other than police the existing rules.

But I do not trust our present MPs to know about ‘Old England’.

5 Responses to “Visiting Our Daughter’s New Home On The Lancashire/Yorkshire Moors”

  1. elenamitchell Says:

    A really nice Post. It reminded me of Old England. I am a Londoner but I haven’t lived there since I was eighteen, thank God. And that was a very long time ago.

    • junican Says:

      I suspect that if you returned to where you lived in London, you would find it incomprehensible.

  2. Elizabeth Says:

    I think they do know. They’ve all got second homes here. And they renew themselves in the beautiful Northern English countryside wheŕe it is not flat, but rugged and isolated. My favourite are the Yorkshire Dales and the stunning Howgills. Poor people are not so priviledged. They have to live where the work is and get by somehow!

    • junican Says:

      ‘Rugged and isolated’ are the reasons that they have not been spoilt. Why invade a hard territory when easier territories are available? ‘Old England’ exists and will continue to exist, but ‘the moors’ are only an example. ‘Old England’ continues to exist everywhere and it was ‘Old England’ which voted for Brexit.

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