Happy New Year!
No snow! and quite mild at the end of December but down to about 3 degrees at the start of the year. But warming up again by the end of this week.
Our nomination of the Flodden Tree in the Woodland Trust's Scottish Tree of the Year 2018 competition resulted in a third place out of the six short-listed trees. The results of the public vote were:-
Netty's Tree 1050 votes
Filo Tree 857 votes
Flodden Tree 741 votes
Camperdown 332 votes
Malloch Tree 241 votes
Napoleon's T 143 votes
The Flodden Tree wins a £500 Tree Care Award and a survey and report to safeguard its future health. We have specified that the award should go to the estate owners.
Another marvellous holiday in Cyprus in October with sun all day and everyday; swimming and snorkelling, meeting up with our family and visiting ancient churches, monasteries, attractive villages and archaeological sites.
2019 sees another book in course of preparation. More details later.
A current project which has taken up much of my time but is just coming to an end, is the inspection and recording of historic buildings in connection with the Branxton & Crookham Village Atlas Project. This is a community project administered by the Till Valley Archaeological Society with the aid of a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. In addition to the Historic Buildings Group, there are three other groups of volunteers dealing with archaeology, social history and oral history. There is more information on the TillVAS website—there is a link below.
My fourth book on local topics, Breamish and Till: From Source to Tweed, is available for sale, published by the Till Valley Archaeological Society (TillVAS)(www.tillvas.com), ISBN 978-1-291-58938-2 Price £10. Net proceeds of sale go to the Society.
Information about this and other books, articles and poems can be seen on my Books & Books (cont.) pages and copies of some may be bought by clicking on the blue link at the top of the Books page and following the instructions.
Thank you for visiting my website. I am Antony Chessell and I am a writer living in Northumberland in Border country, having moved from the Scottish Borders in October 2014. The photograph in the Header above shows Cheviot and adjoining hills in Northumberland as seen from Coldstream, just across the Border in Scotland.
Please click on the tabs to the left to find out about me, my books and various activities. Also, there is a collection of photographs in the Gallery which I add to on a regular basis. If you need to get in touch with me, you will see that there is a Contact tag.
This is me at the National Trust for Scotland cafe before setting off on a walk to St. Abbs Head on a sunny day in late summer. The eastern Borders has a good deal of sunshine with relatively low rainfall. The photos below show views of the ruined Etal Castle which is in the care of English Heritage and which is near to my house. The castle was sacked by James IV and his army before the Battle of Flodden in 1513 and was never restored to its original condition. The first photo shows the Tower House (there was never a keep) with the Gatehouse in the background. The second photo gives an impression of the many dramatic sunsets that appear behind the ruins.
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