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.