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Adventure on the High Teas: In Search of Middle England by Stuart Maconie

By Stuart Maconie

Each person talks approximately 'Middle England'. occasionally they suggest anything undesirable, like a lynch mob of day-by-day Mail readers, and infrequently they suggest anything stable, like a pint of ale in a sleepy Cotswold village in summer season twilight. yet simply the place and what's heart England? Stuart Maconie didn't be aware of both, so he packed his Thermos and sandwiches and trigger to discover out...

Is center England approximately culture and decency or closed minds and bigotry? Is it maypoles and evensong, or flooded industry cities and binge drinkers within the park? And is Slough relatively as undesirable as Ricky Gervais and John Betjeman make out? From Shakespeare to JK Rowling, Vaughan Williams to Craig David, William Morris to B&Q, Stuart Maconie leads the excursion, with lots of stop-offs for tea and scones, to find the reality.

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Both she and Rockefeller agreed that the plantings should be native so that the building would blend with its surroundings. The Historic Resource Study of the Carriage Road System, completed in 1989 by William Rieley, compares the gate lodge at Jordan Pond to those in Europe. “European gate lodges, after which this was modeled, served two functions: to welcome people to the grounds of the estate and to house the gatekeeper. It was a pretentious building with a humble function ... ” Acadia’s gate lodges were also intended to serve a dual function: to control the flow of traffic onto the carriage roads and to house a gatekeeper.

Each of the arches is faced with granite, and the sides have an interesting mixture of large “quarry­faced” (rough-finished) blocks combined with smaller pieces of granite and occasional cobblestones. The upper deck has fine-tooled railings (parapets) that rise to a peak at the center and flare with the road at the approaches. On three sides, each parapet ends with an elaborate stone edifice, while on the fourth side is a viewing platform. Much of the bridge’s landscaping can still be identified as that selected by Beatrix Farrand.

Continue straight toward Bubble Pond. The road winds through the wooded valley between Cadillac and Pemetic Mountains, ending at Bubble Pond Bridge. Fog is a frequent visitor to Mount Desert Island. Its cool, wet blanket provides an ideal climate for the ferns, mosses, and evergreens that inhabit the exposed coastal forest. Created where the warm waters of the Gulf Stream meet the cold Labrador Current, fog creeps onto the land when the wind direction is favorable. Fog may limit the view, but it is not a deterrent for enjoying the carriage roads.

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