When I was a young my Father was Rector for this village. While in Dorset, I took the opportunity to visit again. Though it is still just as picturesque and quintessentially Thomas Hardy's "Dorset", I couldn't help but feel disappointed. The presence of cars parked outside the thatched cottages sadly spoil the very essence of this village. This was the first time I have really got a sense of how much our lives have changed and how positive progress can also have detrimental consequences.