Welcome to the Rudloe and environs website.


Here you will find news, articles and photos of an area that straddles the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in north-west Wiltshire.


Contributions in the form of articles or photos are welcome. Even those with completely contrary views to mine!


Thanks to the website builder 1&1 and Rob Brown for the original idea.


Rudloescene now, in January 2014, has a sister, academic rather than anarchic, website about Box history here: http://www.boxpeopleandplaces.co.uk/

It contains thoroughly professional, well-researched articles about Box and its people.


Contact rudloescene through the 'Contact' page.


Is it too early to talk of the lost summer? I suppose that a 'heat bomb' in one part of the northern hemisphere has consequences (like cool,wet weather) in other parts. This is the first midsummer when we have had the heating on for days on end. 11th July 2021 started like many September or October days with a dank mist lying across Rudloe which gave a diffused light beneficial for photography (I hope).


Today also brings the final (England v Italy) of the Euros 2021 which (writing this on Monday, 12th) saw Italy prevail after a penalty shoot-out. And ironic that the much-lauded coach, the presumptive Sir Gareth, should drop such a clanger in bringing on two supposed specialist penalty-takers in the final minutes who then failed to convert their penalties. The final clanger was to give the last kick to a callow youth who succumbed to the pressure and failed to convert his penalty. This selection of penalty-takers appeared (appeared?) to be driven by political correctness which, as with other recent events, resulted in disaster.

On main right of way BOX107A which traverses the wood and leads to Boxfields Road
This fallen trunk reminds me of childhood and the collection of such trunks using a pram frame for Bonfire Night
On right of way BOX107A in Leafy Lane Wood
Norway maple leaves at the western end of the wood. The wetness is the result of mist evaporation, not rain.
Still on the main right of way through the wood
The supposed ecology experts have suggested removing this fine patch of Lamium galeobdolon (yellow archangel) as it is 'invasive'. We have had it in the garden for years with no sign of invasion.
In the depths of the wood
The canopy in the heart of the wood
Maples and larches in the heart of the wood
Dog's mercury in flower
Beech and maple here at the eastern end of the wood with dog's mercury carpeting the woodland floor
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