East Meon

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

Round Salt Hill and Welter Down
Coombe Cross, Halnaker Lane
Until we came full circle
back to East Meon again

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Photo – East Meon, Hampshire, UK – Jempics.

[Every year in May, my brother Dave and I go out for a week’s walking. This year we took in a series of circular walks based around our favourite long-distance trail – the South Downs Way through Hampshire and Sussex]

The Long House

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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Photo – The ‘Long House’, East Meon, Hampshire, UK – Jempics.

[Every year in May, my brother Dave and I go out for a week’s walking. This year we took in a series of circular walks based around our favourite long-distance trail – the South Downs Way through Hampshire and Sussex]

Itchen Abbas

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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Photo – violet fields above Itchen Abbas, Hampshire, UK – Jempics.

[Every year in May, my brother Dave and I go out for a week’s walking. This year we took in a series of circular walks based around our favourite long-distance trail – the South Downs Way through Hampshire and Sussex]

Charles Kingsley wrote the final manuscipt for “The Water Babies’ during a stay at ‘The Plough Inn’ at Itchen Abbas in 1862-63

Houses for Eeyore

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

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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

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

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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

Old Winchester Hill

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
And from here to Hampshire valleys
in the sunshine far below
I see the path stretching before me
in the direction I will soon go
But the view here is simply breathtaking
So I’ll pause to take it all in
for there’s plenty of time on this fine May day
before our wanderings need to begin

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

Fifty miles

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!

I have walked through fields of yellow
and met lot of people on the way
pausing for a moment as
we all had lots to say

Tales of where we’re going
where we’ve stayed and been
Sharing precious moments
of the wonders we have seen

For this undulating countryside
is a feast for any eye
From the shady wooded valleys
to the lofty hills on high

From Hampshire through to Sussex
taking pictures on the way
to capture every moment
of each fantastic day

And now the task before me
as each memory brings a smile
is to bring to life those moments
in my poems for a while

So I hope that you’ll stay with me
as I have so much to share
And in these next few days with me
get a feel for being there

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

A weekend away

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

Found some dog-friendly watering holes
and a hotel for a nap
Plotted out some walking routes
and marked them on the map

We’re only going for a night
but that will be just fine
For there’s lots for us to see and do
and have a lovely time

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