Best Wishes for Christmas from The Folly Flâneuse

Codger Fort (folly) in the snow cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Andrew Tryon - geograph.org.uk/p/3661902

I could wish to lounge about the Country in Search of Antiquity, and the Beauties of Nature: finding myself at an Inn, free, unembarrassed.
John Byng, 1789

Byng’s words were written in a different context, but how relevant they seem after a year of lockdowns which ended in tiers.

Thank you to everyone who has helped The Folly Flâneuse in 2020. With travel curtailed, and archives and museums closed, research has been something of a challenge, and the range of potential sites rather limited. I am therefore hugely grateful to all those who have given permission to use images, and helped with information to fill the gaps.

So until 2021, here is Codgers Fort, on the Wallington estate in Northumberland, one of the first follies to capture the attention of the Folly Flâneuse in her formative years. The image is courtesy of the wonderful geograph.org.uk project, which aims to collect photographs and information for every square kilometre of Great Britain and Ireland.

I hope 2021 brings you good news, the chance to see family and friends, opportunities to travel and explore, and above all good health.

The Folly Flâneuse is taking a short break and will be back in the New (and hopefully much improved) Year.


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18 thoughts on “Best Wishes for Christmas from The Folly Flâneuse”

  1. Margaret 21 says:

    And a Happy Christmas to you too. Thank you for a year of intriguing and interesting posts.

    1. Editor says:

      Thanks for the lovely comment and enjoy a peaceful festive season.

  2. Jane Padfield says:

    Have a Happy Christmas and enjoy your break. Many thanks for bringing cheer to Saturday mornings with your fascinating posts

    1. Editor says:

      Thank you Jane and all best wishes for the festive season

  3. Gwyn Headley says:

    Nadolig llawen i chi a diolch yn fawr.

    1. Maggie Hodd says:

      An interesting and informative start to Saturday mornings. Thank you.

      1. Editor says:

        Thank you Maggie. I very much appreciate you taking the time to comment.

    2. Editor says:

      Hello Gwyn.
      Cyfarchion y Tymor. I really hope I got that right and haven’t just insulted you!

    3. Gand+Norma says:

      Compliments of the season to the Flaneuse and the uncouth companion.
      We look forward to and always enjoy the Saturday morning highlight from your good self. It goes well with the coffee and croissants.☕🥐.
      Now aiming for folly fun in post lockdown 2021.

      1. Editor says:

        Thank you both, and yes, very much hoping for some folly fun and flâneusing before too long

  4. Sarah Moor says:

    Many thanks for your informative and often intriguing posts. Many thanks Sarah

    1. Editor says:

      Lovely to hear from you Sarah, and I’;m pleased you enjoy the folly posts.

  5. Wim Meulenkamp says:

    Wishing you a very good folly-hunting year and thanks for all the riviting posts.

    1. Editor says:

      Thanks Wim, all the best for the festive season

  6. John Fielden says:

    I am full of admiration for your stamina and research abilities and have greatly enjoyed your posts – ever since a local friend showed them to me and you visited my family’s folly.

    1. Editor says:

      Thank you so much John. The Grimston Park tower is one of my absolute favourites and you care for it so well.

  7. Hugh Featherstone Blyth says:

    “ended in tiers” … brilliant (as always)

    1. Editor says:

      I’m afraid I shamelessly pinched that gag, but thank you!

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