The Roman feast Ceresalia was named in honour of the goddess Ceres, from where we get the word cereal.  The Anglo Saxon Lammas (loaf mass) celebrates the same stage in the agricultural calendar – the first harvest. Although the means of harvesting has changed, I’m sure this landscape would not be too alien to our Anglo Saxon or Roman ancestors.

As I was doing the driving to and from Durham on the 7th and 8th August, I can’t be sure where this photo was taken although I do know it was somewhere on the A1. It’s on viewing such landscapes that I really wish that I could paint.


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