Onomatopoeic Plumtree, is a small Nottinghamshire village east of West Bridgford beyond Ruddington. It lies where Nottinghamshire leaves Suburbia behind, Beyond the Fringe of Gamston, Tollerton and Edwalton. The View From Plumtree is better than it has been since 1960 due to the perfect weather as if God was leaving the best till last.
Reading the landscape whilst cycling with the guilt of a defrocked vicar, slinking through it in a saddle unable to be gushingly happy in mild October, 2009, despite feeling one was in The New Jerusalem in real time, animated and in 3D.
Like the electron never collides with the neutron, like the singularity of your personal event horizon one cannot become an apprentice God, but out in the Perfect Landscape it was Geography that made me.
Perception of and interaction with landscape is Near Paradise available to The Public but few take up the invitation, perhaps adding to the emptiness of The Space Between Cities.
The Making of the English landscape is akin to a parchment (once the earth’s rock throwing violence settled) on which successive layers of English Culture where laid down.
In order to arm yourself to read the terrain as you pass through The English Landscape, do the following ten things:-
(Don’t try reading whilst cycling, its dangerous: even on a tandem.)
(1)Visit Exhibition Road: The Science Museum, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD.
V&A South Kensington, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, UK.
(2)Read E.H Gombridge, (1977), The Story of Art, Phaidon Oxford, London
(3)Read Thieme Atlas of Anatomy: General Anatomy and Musculoskeletal System.
(4)Visit The National Gallery, The National Portrait Gallery and
Tate Britain. The Tate Britain Art Gallery, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG.
(5)Read Family and Friends in Eighteenth-Century England: Household, Kinship and Patronage by Naomi Tadmor “In seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England, we are told, the English family was characteristically nuclear …”
(6)Visit The Side Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne. 9 Side, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3JE.
(7)Climb mountains Hellvelyn, Black Sails, Little Fell, Broad Crag, White Side, Pen Y Ghent, Crinke Crags, Red Pike, High Stile, Knock Fell, Rough Crag and Grisdale.
(8)Visit Slough, Eton, Windsor and Staines from Waterloo Station. Waterloo station
London SE1 8SW.
(9)Read English Journey: As Seen By One Man in 1933 by JB Priestley.
(10)Read History of the English Speaking People by Winston S. Churchill.
(11)Read I Claudius by Robert van der Graves. (BBC Series starring Sir Derek Jacobi).
(12)Listen to Richard Burton reading Dylan Thomas from Frances Goldberg, The Audiobook Store, 36 Baker Street, London,W1U 3EU, United Kingdom
(13)Swim in the Men’s Pond, Hampstead. Highgate Pond (mens Bathing) Pond on Hampstead Heath near Millfield Lane, N6. c/o Parliament Hill Park Office, Staff Yard, Highgate Road, London, NW5 1QR
(14)Study Sir Nikolaus Bernhard Leon Pevsner : The Pevsner Architectural Guides
(15)Study Isimbard Kingdom Brunel.
(16)Walk to Woolwich from Charing Cross via Tower Bridge. Take the train from Liverpool street to Shuburyness and cycle back to Woolwich.
(17)Get off the train at Didcott, Macclesfield and Doncaster, the meaningless in between stations and cycle cross country.
(18)Visit Durham City. Approach Durham City from stellar heavenly direction on a bicycle (Prudhoe, Bishop Aukland, Sunderland (Seaham Harbour) and Middlesbrough (via Castle Eden).
(19)Visit Raby Castle. Staindrop, County Durham, UK.
(20)Read Philip Larkin. Collected Poems by Philip Larkin. Faber and Faber.
(21)Watch the Lawrence Olivier World War II Trilogy Richard The Third, Henry V and Hamlet.
(22)Walk or cycle from Brighton to Peacehaven. Feel the day warming on the way and cooling on the way back.
(23)Read Confessions of an Actor: The Autobiography by Lawrence Olivier.
(24)Visit Dunstanburgh Castle in winter and walk to Alnwick.
(25)Cycle from Brighton to Bognor Regis.
(26)Visit Bosworth Field via Tamworth via Birmingham & Fazeley Canal.
(27)Read Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.
(28)Cycle to Ilam via Leek and Dovedale.
(29)Swim at Birling Gap.
(30)Find out as much about Aldous Huxley as you can and read The Devils of Loudon.