An English Meadow
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An English Meadow

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The combination of sun, rain and grass make the English meadow gently distinctive. Traditionally, the many species of grass, particularly quaking-grass shown here and other plants was cut in June or July and left to dry into hay. It provided much of the winter feed for cattle, sheep and horses.

Historically, all but breeding cattle were slaughtered and salted down at the onset of winter.

However, I have noticed a recent decline in haymaking. Why? The dairy industry is declining. Cheap beef imports. Owning a horse has become an expensive luxury and the EEC's set-aside policy which has removed land from productive agriculture.

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A: The English Countryside

von John Willetts ARPS, 90 Meter entfernt

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The English Countryside

B: Combe Hay, The Somerset Coal Canal

von John Willetts ARPS, 620 Meter entfernt

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Combe Hay, The Somerset Coal Canal

C: Midford, Somerset. Water Meadow.

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Midford, Somerset. Water Meadow.

D: Bath, Midford Castle. Hawthorn.

von John Willetts ARPS, 1.6 entfernt

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E: Bath, Combe Down. Winter in Summer Lane.

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Bath, Combe Down. Winter in Summer Lane.

F: Bath, Odd Down. Wild flowers.

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Bath, Odd Down. Wild flowers.

G: Bath, Combe Down, Blossom.

von John Willetts ARPS, 2.2 entfernt

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Bath, Combe Down, Blossom.

H: Bath, Combe Down. The Community.

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Bath, Combe Down. The Community.

I: Bath, Combe Down, Don Foster.

von John Willetts ARPS, 2.3 entfernt

A pano-portrait of Don Foster taken on Election Day outside Combe Down Polling Station. He was duly e...

Bath, Combe Down, Don Foster.

J: Bath, Prior Park College

von John Willetts ARPS, 2.9 entfernt

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Europe is generally agreed to be the birthplace of western culture, including such legendary innovations as the democratic nation-state, football and tomato sauce.

The word Europe comes from the Greek goddess Europa, who was kidnapped by Zeus and plunked down on the island of Crete. Europa gradually changed from referring to mainland Greece until it extended finally to include Norway and Russia.

Don't be confused that Europe is called a continent without looking like an island, the way the other continents do. It's okay. The Ural mountains have steadily been there to divide Europe from Asia for the last 250 million years. Russia technically inhabits "Eurasia".

Europe is presently uniting into one political and economic zone with a common currency called the Euro. The European Union originated in 1993 and is now composed of 27 member states. Its headquarters is in Brussels, Belgium.

Do not confuse the EU with the Council of Europe, which has 47 member states and dates to 1949. These two bodies share the same flag, national anthem, and mission of integrating Europe. The headquarters of the Council are located in Strasbourg, France, and it is most famous for its European Court of Human Rights.

In spite of these two bodies, there is still no single Constitution or set of laws applying to all the countries of Europe. Debate rages over the role of the EU in regards to national sovereignty. As of January 2009, the Lisbon Treaty is the closest thing to a European Constitution, yet it has not been approved by all the EU states. 

Text by Steve Smith.

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