Substance & Zest

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It’s lovely to feel
the warmth of the sun
at the start of a day
which has barely begun
It bodes well with promise
of good things to come
when the sun stays there
’til the day is all done
It’s a sustaining tonic
to lift and uphold
Bright, warm and lovely
an orb of pure gold

And at the start of the summer
when I awaken and live
I know that its strength
has much more to give
The power of the sunshine
at its very best
keeps me happy and hopeful
with substance and zest

©Jemverse

Tranquility here

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The spider had babies
so I re-potted those
Then sat in the sunshine
for some thoughtful repose
It was peaceful and quiet
Tranquility here
Alone with my thoughts
and the sun and a beer
My garden, my haven
It’s a great place to be
Sitting here in the quiet
and just being me

©Jemverse

For the love of a good walk

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Amberley to Washington
is around about six miles
There’s one particularly nasty hill
and several gates and stiles

It commands some simply marvellous views
when you get up to the top
and it’s only three hours walking
to the pub where you will stop

We thought it would be good to do
as it’s a favourite walk of ours
Along the South Downs Way again
in just a few short hours

©Jemverse

Photo – Washington CP from Barnsfarm Hill, Sussex – Jempics

The yellow road

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Metalled by the Romans
on top of Bignor Hill
We came across the yellow road
heading homeward still
Mostly blue sky overhead
with tiny flecks of grey
The sunshine on the yellow shone
to show us both the way

At the hill crest we saw Houghton
with Amberley behind
A welcome sight for hiker’s eyes
for body, soul and mind
It meant we had walked fifty miles
along the South Downs Way
Covering half its distance
by the end of this fine day

©Jemverse

Photo – Rapeseed fields, Bury Hill, West Sussex – Jempics

For more coverage of our South Downs Way walk, check out ‘Fifty Miles‘, Old Winchester Hill‘, Big Sky‘, ‘Houses for Eeyore‘ and ‘Into Sussex

Into Sussex

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Crossed the border into Sussex
Chalk paths underfoot
Thirty miles behind us
Twenty more to go to boot
Harting Down to Cocking
along the South Downs Way
with the sunshine our companion
on a beautiful Spring day
The hills got ever higher
but the views from every crest
made the challenge so rewarding
When we stopped to have a rest

©Jemverse

Photo – glimpsing Sussex from Didling Hill – Jempics

For more coverage of our South Downs Way walk, check out ‘Fifty Miles‘, Old Winchester Hill‘, Big Sky‘, ‘Houses for Eeyore‘ and ‘The yellow road

Houses for Eeyore

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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

Hiding palaces for Romans
beneath its leafy green
and occasional downland glimpses
through the trees and in between
There were houses there for Eeyores
as sunbeams filtered through
And in amongst the birdsong
we heard our first cuckoo

The trail led on and upward
as we left the trees behind
Heading down to Harting
Copper Beeches there to find
A respite from our walking day
at the bottom of the hill
A recharging of the batteries
as there’s lots more walking still

©Jemverse

Photo – Eeyore houses, Queen Elizabeth forest, Hampshire – Jempics

For more coverage of our South Downs Way walk, check out ‘Fifty Miles‘, Old Winchester Hill‘, Big Sky‘, ‘Into Sussex’ and ‘The yellow road

Big Sky

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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
All we could feel was Springtime warmth
meandering on our way
As Hampshire’s Meon Valley came
to meet the end of day
The big sky stayed as evening came
and we rested with a beer
Hoping that the morrow would
stay fine and just as clear

©Jemverse

Photo – Big sky over the Meon Valley, Hampshire – Jempics

For more coverage of our South Downs Way walk, check out ‘Fifty Miles‘, Old Winchester Hill‘, ‘Houses for Eeyore‘, ‘Into Sussex’ and ‘The yellow road

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