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Fennel Hudson

Fennel Hudson

Fennel Hudson is an author, artist and countryman, known for his Fennel’s Journal magazine and Fennel’s Priory website. He’s a traditionalist who believes that modern life is moving too fast and who consequently seeks a slow-paced and peaceful rural life. His motto is ‘Stop, Unplug, Escape, Enjoy’. Much of his writing centres on what he calls ‘The Quiet Fields’ – those quiet corners of the landscape where time moves slowly and nature exists undisturbed. Fennel writes a monthly countryside diary for William Powell Country. Fennels Priory: www.fennelspriory.com

  1. Firelight

    Rural Matters

    It is 11 o’clock on a cold, windswept and rainy February night. Mrs H and Little Lady are upstairs, sleeping peacefully beneath quilted blankets, and I am downstairs in the living room, penning letters to my friends and doing my Read the Rest…

  2. Gardener for Hire

    Rural Matters

    “The best way to garden is to put on a wide-brimmed straw hat and some old clothes. And with a hoe in one hand and a cold drink in the other, tell somebody else where to dig.”  Tex Bix Bender Read the Rest…

  3. Charlie’s Web

    Rural Matters

    “Do you understand how there could be any writing in a spider’s web? …when the words appeared, everyone said they were a miracle. But nobody pointed out that the web itself is a miracle.” E.B. White (Charlotte’s Web) There are Read the Rest…

  4. Night Sense

    Rural Matters

    “What happened to Fennel’s countryside diary in August?” I hear you ask. “Isn’t he rather late in publishing it?” It’s true. I’m four weeks late in submitting the current installment. I could blame the Game Fair, or summer holidays, or Read the Rest…

  5. The Air We Breathe

    Rural Matters

    “Houses have but three functions: to keep us warm, dry and secure. Anything regarding character or location is incidental.” So said a friend of mine as he and I viewed Number 12, Turnpike Avenue. It was to become the eighth Read the Rest…

  6. Spring into Summer

    Rural Matters

    This morning, at first light, I walked my daily route eastward, towards the rising sun. My path followed the River Windrush, then across a meadow, and finally up into Priory Wood. In winter this journey culminates with me exiting the Read the Rest…

  7. Storm Force in May

    Rural Matters

    Jeez. What a year to start a countryside diary! Within a week of writing May’s First Flight article, I found myself driving through sleet and hail on my way to Stow-on-the-Wold. A northerly wind was blasting the trees into submission Read the Rest…

  8. First Flight

    Rural Matters

    “Watcha lookin’ at, Fennel, there up in them trees?” “Nothing much,” I replied. But as soon as I’d spoken the words, I knew that I’d lied. I was attempting to act cool, you see, because my friend, who had asked Read the Rest…