Rural Landscapes and animals

This last week, my husband and myself have been enjoying the rolling rural landscape of Gloucestershire

We walked in the Slad Valley,

enjoying scenes of outstanding beauty and never seeing anyone. No wonder such scenes inspired the writer of ‘Cider with Rosie’ Slad author, Laurie Lee. We were even able to glimpse the cottage where he lived in the valley which is currently in private ownership.

Rolling countryside with deep valleys but not as dramatic as the mountains of the Remutaka Pass which Alister and Eliza, Robert and Mary cross with their respective families from Wellington to the Wairarapa.

Remutaka Pass

Once there, Alister buys some land and eventually builds his two storey barn and house, much to Eliza’s relief.

“At last we are moved into the new place, which we have called, along with our land, Waireka (Maori for ‘sweet waters’), as a tributary from the Waihaha River flows through our land making it rich and sweet for our cows. (pg 165)

These two images are of more modern but similar properties. But built in wood because New Zealand is in an earthquake zone, they are rather different from our more familiar British farm buildings.

About journojohnson

I qualified as a journalist in 2002 and after a period working as a freelance for Gloucester Media writing advertorials, interviews, articles and press releases I have gone on to write for lots of magazines and newspapers, both local and national. I write regularly for the Writers and Readers magazine but have also written for CPO's Inspire, the New Writer, Classic Ford, and Take a Break's My Favourite Recipes among many others. I published my first full-length historical novel. Waireka in 2018 and my romantic novella, Alpha Male in 2016. Both can be found on Amazon. Please follow the links on my book page.
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