Posts tagged ‘Hampshire’

May 29, 2019

East Meon

by Jem Croucher

6 of 8 in the Jemverse series ‘Circular Sussex’

We climbed back up old Butser Hill
East Meon in the valley
Went west along the hill line
and we didn’t dilly-dally

Walked along the South Downs Way
past ‘Dead Woman’s Gate’
I slowed down a little then
but Dave, he didn’t wait

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May 28, 2019

The Long House

by Jem Croucher

5 of 8 in the Jemverse series ‘Circular Sussex’

In the garden out back of the Long House
sitting out here in the sun
The fragrance of jasmine strong in the air
now the early evening has come

It’s peaceful here and idyllic
and I’m so pleased we could return
Here in the East Meon valley
contentment swift to discern

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May 27, 2019

Itchen Abbas

by Jem Croucher

4 of 8 in the Jemverse ‘Circular Sussex’ series

So we’ve walked in field of violets
and through hawthorn twitters long
to the Plough at Itchen Abbas
where Charles Kingsley wrote a song
“The Water Babies” was his opus
and he stayed here as he wrote
This village here in Hampshire
very quaint and quite remote

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May 19, 2016

Houses for Eeyore

by Jem Croucher

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Down the hill from Butser
in the bright sunshine
to the ancient woodland there
heading for a climb
A forest that has been here
for a millennia at least
providing a dark canopy
atop a visual feast

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May 18, 2016

Big sky

by Jem Croucher

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With a sky as big as big can be
we walked beneath the blue
Grey clouds skidding quickly past
keeping the sun in view

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May 17, 2016

Old Winchester Hill

by Jem Croucher

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The delicate wings of Chalkland Blues
shimmer here as I stand quite still
As they feed upon wild marjoram
on the top of Old Winchester Hill

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May 16, 2016

Fifty miles

by Jem Croucher

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From Hampshire through to Sussex
I have walked o’er vale and hill
with a full pack on my back
yet my legs are working still!

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January 23, 2016

A weekend away

by Jem Croucher

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We’re travelling down to Hampshire
for a mini-holiday
We don’t do this very often
so it’s nice to get away

Staying close to Lyndhurst
the New Forest all around
Taking wellington boots in case
it’s soggy on the ground

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