And I will never tire of this
fine view of Sussex Weald
Each time I’m here I am sustained
renewed, alive and healed

It holds magnificence and awe
Its vista I applaud
I leave refreshed and satisfied
But will still come back for more


A grand day out

We’re on a train to London
Six Crouchers and a Jones
We’ve had a cup of coffee
and we’ve charged up all our phones
We’ve eaten all the crisps
and played some guessing games
And when the train passed by the airport
we marvelled at the planes

It’s been raining a bit overnight
But now there’s sun out there
It would be nice if it could stay a while
But we don’t really care
‘Cos we’re on a train to London
and all the family’s here
to celebrate a birthday
So we’re full of hope and cheer


My haven II

My haven was invaded
by Obi looking for a nap
But I wasn’t all that bothered
for he’s a gorgeous little chap

He’s getting a bit bigger
but he’s still so jolly small
evidenced by the fact that
he hardly hides my shoe at all


My haven II follows on from yesterday’s Haven 1

My haven

This is my haven
this perfect spot
somewhere to lie
when it gets hot
Somewhere to dream
in pensive mood
A place to ponder
which is good

Sounds from other
spots nearby
that neighbours have
to dream and lie
But this is mine
and here I’m king
the perfect place
to aid thinking


Summer’s back


The summer sun returned today
for us to lay
relaxing and
becoming tanned

Deckchairs back out in warming sun
we had the fun
we’ve longed for so
with summer glow

Recharge, rejuvenate and smile
It’s been a while
but now it’s back
we can relax


(This is a ‘minute poem’ It’s a rhyming verse form consisting of 12 lines and 60 syllables written in strict iambic meter. The poem is formatted into three stanzas with a syllabic sequencing of 8,4,4,4; 8,4,4,4; 8,4,4,4 and a rhyming scheme of aabb, ccdd, eeff).

Making me smile

As I was wandering by I saw
a zebra in a field
But it was just a horse with
his identity concealed

Later on I spied three lambs
munching in the grass
They certainly helped to bring a smile
as I walked slowly past

Yet all these things to wonder at
so wonderful and new
paled into insignificance when I saw
this open downland view

All these things I see a-wandering
help to make a smile
used but also stored away
to recall once in in while


Sixty miles

Sixty miles we’ve walked this week
The legs are tired as are the feet
But it has really been a blast
and we’ve walked the Downs Link trail at last

The weather’s been it’s fickle self
the rain and shine all good for health
Two days of sun and one of rain
But on this the fourth the sun again

We’ve walked by rivers, forded streams
seen bluebells woods with long sunbeams
We’ve followed maps and found our way
Along the Downs Link bridleway

Passed through stations trains long gone
Lapped up history, wandered on
Traversed from North Downs on to South
Along the trail to river’s mouth

And today we’ll be back by the sea
End of the line quite naturally
Four days of walking, sixty miles
It’s been the best and we’re all smiles!


The ‘Downs Link’ trail covers the 37 miles between the North Downs in Surrey and the South Downs in Sussex. Much of it follows the old trackbed of the railway lines which linked so many small villages before being so brutally axed by the Beeching cuts in 1966. Known as the ‘Hundred Years Railway’, the line opened in 1865 and closed in June 1966. Over the last four days, my brother and I have walked its entire length and some bits in between (mostly to pubs along the route). By the time we finish on the Sussex coast this evening, we’ll have racked up over sixty miles on foot in four days

The green and fair

England’s green and fair
our inspiration today
from St Martha’s Hill


Out there

Saw the Adur valley
from the top deck of a bus
It looked ever so inviting
and more so today because
At last with backpacks on
my brother Dave and I
are finally out there walking
‘neath a promising blue sky

Today we’ve twenty miles
to traverse before we’re done
but the weather has been kind to us
and has brought the warming sun
A hearty breakfast now awaits
In Shoreham’s ‘greasy spoon’
But after that a-walking
we will be very soon



This week we will be out in this
Every single day
Bring on the sunshine, warm and bright
For the middle days of May

Out we’ll be two brothers
Walking bridle paths
Thirty-seven miles through Sussex
‘Cos we don’t do things by halves

We have wet weather gear
But we’d rather be in shorts
So we’re hoping that the weather
Will live up to its reports


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