It was late and the night was sharp and still. The car headlights kindled frost fires in the black hedgerows as we turned off the Maiden Newton road, wiggled around the radio station and plunged down the side of Toller Down heading for Powerstock.
We bumped over the Kingcombe dogleg, car wheels spinning loose flints into the frozen verge. The road dipped into the valley and climbed steeply uphill over clods of frozen mud and cow spatter to the clump of Scots pines at the Mount Pleasant crossroads.
Fringing ‘n’ flares suede skirts ‘n’ shaggy styles. oh yes, Boho 1970s is a major 2015 trend!
The 1970s are often referred to as “the decade that taste forgot” and “a hangover from the swinging sixties” yet they brought us the Pompidou centre in Paris, The Magic Roundabout in full colour, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, Carole King’s Tapestry and Joni Mitchell’s Blue albums. Hmm, maybe enough said.
Coloured flokati rugs and even indoor hanging plants are being hailed as the homeware heroes of the season! Spider plant, anyone? But, wait, why buy new?
For an authentic 1970s vibe, Sarah Jane Wilson makes some groovy suggestions.
The paranormal tales of Eggardon Hill are almost wearisomely famous — the mass stalling of vehicle engines on the track designated at the crossroads as “Unfit for HGV”, the dogs and horses spooked by some unseen but powerfully-felt force, the three-year-old child’s tremulous enquiry from the back of the car: “Who were the men with spears, Mummy?”
A new report on rural housing says that for the next generation needing to live and work in rural areas, finding a home they can afford will be tougher than ever. As West Dorset finalises its Local Plan for development over the next 13 years, the Yarn looks at the future of housing in West Dorset and discovers there are no easy answers