Landscape studies, West Berkshire and Haute Normandie

detail of copse, conical shaped tree with flame read leaves
Copse 2021, detail

Compton and Yport

For several years thanks to the kindness of friends I have been able to live half the year in the West Berkshire countryside between Newbury and Oxford. The landscape is ancient and supernatural, with spaceships in the distance.

The rest of the year I am at my house in Yport on the Channel coast of Normandy, also ancient, more Greek than Anglo-Saxon, with windmills in the distance.

To start, a small collection of evening views of the copse near home at Compton.



The Normandy seaside village of Yport in a colour tinted 19th century postcard view
Yport ca. 1900
Aerial view of the old fishermen's quarter Yport
Yport, fishermen's quarter from the air ca. 2020


Yport lies on the Normandy coast between Ètretat to the west and Fécamp to the east. Nestled in a beautiful little valley, it retains its village charm, seemingly isolated from the larger world.

I bought my cottage in November 2008. It finds itself in the heart of the ancient fisherman’s quarter, to the right of the church steeple in the centre of the postcard image and just left of centre in the aerial view.