I decided to spend News Year's Day afternoon visiting parts of Aylesbury Vale near where I live. I started by driving through Drayton Beauchamps where this old barn has seen better days. When I was small, some 70 years ago, every farm seemed to have a barn like this, still in active use. Now seeing one, even in this tumbling down state, is rare. Almost every disused barn has been converted to expensive housing.
I next went through the Village of Buckland and from the bridge over the Aston Clinton bypass I took a picture of what had been excellent farming land - as green belt as you could find anywhere - only last year. (See Google satellite view - which still shows the site before development.) The ARLA plant is still being built and will be a massive milk processing centre. Things have moved on since I first saw cows being milked directly into a pail, the milker sitting on a three legged stool. The milk was put into churns which were left outside the farm gate to be picked up by the local dairy.