online: 12 october 2007
modified: 12 october 2007

11 october 2007 out of doors

16:42 ...Ethel Cooper Campbell seat at random point 2 (tumulus)...

...a peaceful autumn afternoon... more peaceful than summer... or even spring... the air is cool and still... weak sunshine illuminates yellowing trees and warms faces and hands... leaves float gently onto the grass, recently mown... a woman in a blue hat (carrying winter clothes on bent arms) walks swiftly across the meadow... two black dogs explore smells beneath an oak tree whose branches reach down to the ground... i can feel the wound of a minor skin operation (yesterday) healing in this air (so fresh, so mild, so warm) as the leaves survive or expire in the last days of their season.....

random point 5, the highest, above the Vale of Health... towers are almost invisible in the autumn mist... pale grey and blue and pink in the fading light of the setting sun... a good half of English poetry is embedded in such a scene and some of its writers* lived or wrote in this village.. and now a flight of about 10 UFBs (unidentified flying birds) disappears over the horizon...

*for instance Byron and Shelley, Leigh Hunt, DH and Frieda Lawrence, Rabindranath Tagore (and about a dozen others) are mentioned at

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