Dorset is one of the most attractive counties in England.
In its infinite variety the coast excels. It possesses
the huge natural harbour of Poole, safe sandy
beaches, towering chalk cliffs and a rugged coastline
with its coves and bays, all within just 70 miles. Unlike
some counties which have a good coast and a not
very interesting hinterland, Dorset has both. There
are the heath lands that Hardy immortalised in his
books and the chalk hills that start near Shaftesbury
and roll south and west down to the sea at Lyme.
This creates the great vales of Blackmoor and
Marshwood with many stunning vistas from the
summit of the hills.
Man has been shaping the Dorset landscape for
generations.There are many prehistoric hill forts,
including the almost mystical Maiden Castle just
outside Dorchester.The evidence of Roman occupation
is strong. Running through the valleys are rivers
which with their numerous water mills, provided
food and work for generations. Although there are
no longer any full-time working mills, the rivers
themselves winding through lush meadows with
contentedly grazing cattle, provide us with an
attractive and seemingly timeless scene.
Chasing the light across this precious landscape
can be very rewarding, but it also poses a considerable
challenge. Patience to simply sit and wait for the
ideal moment is essential – and that is what master
photographer Roger Holman demonstrates again
and again in the collection of superb images
Address books tend to be well used and have a
long life. Along with important contact details, they
keep track of the user’s friends and acquaintances,
tracing their lives over time and from place to place.
And, if properly attended to, an address book
eventually becomes a journal in itself, and an
attractive and permanent keepsake.
bought as a gift or for personal use, this Dorset Address
Book, with its superb pictorial reminders of
the county, will provide years of pleasure.
Imprint: Halswood Stationers. ISBN 978 0 85717 003 3, hardback, 214x230mm, 112 pages. Published March 2010.