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Where I live

Having just returned from a land where 100 homes is a major town, I am conscious that Little Paxton in Cambridgeshire with about 5000 people could be classified as being quite a big place. Of course as is the way of things there is a Great Paxton which is now smaller than Little Paxton.

For those interested in geography Little Paxton is about 20 miles west of Cambridge and 80km due north of London. Little Paxton is on the outskirts of St. Neots, a market town of more than 25000 people. The district is served by the main north/south rail line and the Great North Road – the A1. A slower but perhaps more enjoyable mode of transport is offered by the River Great Ouse that runs through the village as does the long distance footpath The Ouse Valley Way. These all feature in this on-going project Where I live. We can travel the world to get the best photographic subjects, when there are also subjects and images to be recorded right on our doorstep. This is the first part of an ongoing series where I seek to record local locations, events and village life throughout the seasons all within easy walking distance of my home.

Images here are from a walk round the Little Paxton nature reserve, known locally as the “pits”. We are fortunate that we can access this natural open-space without recourse to using the car. The “pits” are not natural, being gravel working which are nearing the end of the extraction period and now maintained and managed as a nature reserve. The gravel working can be potentially dangerous places and the warning signs are not there for show as I can testify when, as a young man, I strayed to take a photograph of the quicksand “mud” and became “stuck”.




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