As part of an artistic get-together by the lovely Myvillages collective I visited the hometown of that talented-but-pervy polymath Eric Gill, Ditchling. He invented the Gill Sans font – a personal favourite – but one had better draw a veil (or a smock, in his case) over some of his incestuous goings-ons…

I digress.
Whilst wandering around this archetypal English village (Farrow & Ball-painted shop fronts, plasma-screen filled pub, boy racers) I loved this tightly clipped hedge (lowly and under-rated hawthorn, I think) sinking exquisitely and harmoniously into the beautifully simple cleft wood fence.

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