The Anglotopia Calendar is returning for 2022; please pre-order your copy here. Every purchase helps support Anglotopia and keeps the business operating in what’s been a very challenging 18 months for businesses like us.
Last year I said we probably wouldn’t do a calendar again. But we sold out of the 2021 calendars, so we’ve decided to do one again, this time with a limited print run to control costs and make sure this raises funds for Anglotopia’s operations. We’ve been getting kind messages from people wondering if we’re doing one – and we had many sad messages last year after we’d sold out. People still want these calendars! So, we’re doing it again.
2022 will be a special year for Anglotopia; it will be our 15th year since this publication started.
So, I’m doing something a little different with the calendar. I’m choosing my personal 13 favorite pictures of Britain from 15 years of travel around Britain (granted no travel in the last 3 years, but I digress…). Choosing just 13 from 100,000 pictures from 20+ trips has been quite a challenge!
Each calendar will be a large format 12×12 inches and will feature both US/UK holidays. Its clean and simple design will ensure the information is presented beautifully while showing off some beautiful pictures of Britain.
This is an important fundraiser for us, and it’s critical that we sell as many of these calendars in advance as possible. We plan to produce 250, and based on sales last year, we expect them to sell out.
Please, please order yours in advance. I had dozens of emails late last year from people who still wanted a calendar, but we had sold out already.
Each picture that I’ve chosen has a special meaning to me that I would like to share with you all. If you aren’t interested – then you can pop over to the store and pre-order your copy before clicking away. For those interested in the pictures and why we chose them… read on.
The Cover / October – This is Hardy Cottage in Dorset. It’s where the author Thomas Hardy was born and where he wrote several of his most famous books – like Far From the Madding Crowd, one of my favorite books of British literature. Visiting it was a treat, and the scene is considered iconic. This thatched cottage, nestled into a secluded wood, is England at its most romantic.
Blackmore Vale Sunrise in Winter – January – This is a photo of the view from my most favorite place in Britain – Gold Hill in Shaftesbury, Dorset. When we travel there, I always arise early in the morning to go for a walk through the town as it’s waking up – to buy a newspaper and a pastry from the bakery. The treat of waking up early is you get to see a view like this – perfection on a cold winter day.
Trafalgar Square in London – February – This is probably my favorite place in London, and this picture perfectly captures the scene – embodied by the little girl who’s managed to climb and post on Nelson’s pedestal. Big Ben’s clocktower peeks into the scene from off in the distance.
Radcliffe Came through the window, Oxford – March – Oxford has become one of my favorite places in England, and I love the simple scene captures in this picture through an ancient window. It’s one of the places I cannot wait to return to post-COVID.
Dyrham Park, Cotswolds – April – The Remains of the Day is my favorite British film of all time. It captures English aristocratic decline in the interwar years perfectly with incredible acting by Emma Thompson and Sir Anthony Hopkins. The house – Darlington is actually Dyrham Park – is now owned by the National Trust, and walking down the drive towards the house from the car park, you can feel the music from the film. This is a special place. When we visited, we were literally the only people there because it was closed. It’s always nice to have a stately home to yourself.
Iron Bridge, England – May – Touring the valleys where the industrial revolution began in England was a truly wonderful experience. Iron Bridge is the sight of the first bridge built out of Iron, and I found the village view to be quite something as the beautiful Georgian buildings cling to the side of the Severn River valley.
The Altar Tree – Bayham Abbey – June – I came across this ruin by serendipity and ended up taking one of my favorite photos of Britain. The ruins are mostly gone except for this beautiful old tree that has grown amongst the walls of the former monastery. The tree and the ruins are now one, and you can no longer separate them from each other. It’s quiet, contemplative beauty.
Castle Combe, Cotswolds – July – I’ve fallen quite in love with Castle Combe, a quiet little village in the Cotswolds, which has become famous as a ‘typical’ English scene. It can get quite crowded with tourists, but sometimes it’s quiet as a tomb, and you can capture idyllic scenes like this.
Big Ben Clocktower and Boudicca – August – The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben (aka Elizabeth Clocktower) – are some of the most famous sites in London, and I love this unconventional angle I took of it in 2013. Boudicca bravely leads a chariot in statue form. This was before the clock was shrouded in scaffolding for the last few years.
Highclere Castle aka Downton Abbey – September – Highclere Castle is now known to most American Anglophiles as Downton Abbey from the hit TV show. It went from an obscure and crumbling stately home to a national icon overnight (leading to a visitor boom and income boom for the aristocrat owners so they can fix the place up).
Way Out Sign London Underground – November – The London Underground is home to so many design icons, and this beautifully made exit sign is one of my favorites. Captures the ‘oldness’ of the Tube perfectly.
Gold Hill, Shaftesbury, Dorset – December – By far the most famous view in Britain. It’s my personal place of dreams (read about why here) and a place I try to return to time and time again. It’s the place I’ve longed to return to the most during the COVID travel moratorium. I cannot wait to return.
Heathrow/British Airways – January – This is the most special photo for me. It’s not a particularly beautiful picture – it’s just a picture of my plane before departure from Heathrow. But it’s the LAST photo I have ever taken of Britain. Taken in 2018 before I knew we would have a 3+ year hiatus from visiting Britain. I’ve chosen it for this bonus month as a talisman, a prayer of sorts that we’ll all get to return to Britain soon – hopefully before 2023!
That’s it! I hope you like the pictures we chose for this year. This special calendar is available to order now – please order as soon as possible.