Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Shropshire on Countryfile
Countryfile on Sunday was all about the glories of the Shropshire countryside. I could not watch it because I was out enjoying the glories of the Shropshire countryside.
I have now watched it on iPlayer and can recommend it. In between the items on trimming cows' feet and the robot milking of the poor beats you will see why I am always going on about the hills here. Sadly, more from stock footage than from what the Countryfile people shot on their very damp day in the county.
And I was pleased by the influence on William Penny Brookes (I once wrote about his Much Wenlock Olympian Games in the New Statesman) and Malcolm Saville.
By coincidence, today I met two of the people who involved with this issue of Countryfile.
Mark O'Hanlon (whom I know from the early days of the Malcolm Saville Society and who now runs his own Saville website) was in the Station Inn at Marshbrook at lunchtime.
Later I met the owner of Priors Holt - indeed she very kindly gave me some of their spring water (I suspect I looked very hot) and then a cup of tea and piece of cake. Having afternoon tea at Witchend is about as good as it gets for a Malcolm Saville fan.
Both said that the day the Countryfile crew was in Shropshire was appallingly wet - far worse even than it appears on screen.
Today, by contrast, has been roasting and there are reports of a major gorse fire on the Stiperstones.