Tri-Sussex

In May there is green
as we walk on these hills
and breathe in the air
as a cure for all ills

In August there’s ochre
as the harvest grows ripe
and these hills bring a smile
from the grumble and gripe

In December there’s white
and the snow on these hills
serves as reminder
that this is Sussex still

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Photo – The Sussex hills looking to Fulking Escarpment – Jempics

The Bull

Went for a walk up on Mill Hill
and met some scary sheep
But although we had due warning
it was the bull that made us weep

For he was really jolly big
as nervously we trod
around him fairly gingerly
on Sussex chalkland sod

We hugged each other with relief
when on the other side
then shared the pic on Instagram
to spread the story wide

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Photo – Jempics

A song for the way

5 of 5 in the Jemverse ’31’ series

We lost sight of our accordion player
as we wandered, singing our song
But he was just lagging behind us
as we slowly ambled along

So, reaching the base of escarpment
Fulking Village just ahead there to find
We turned and up there high above us
we found him in the sunshine

Reunited, the company’s spirits
in song were rekindled anew
and together we lifted our voices
For that’s what we wanderers do

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Photo – (top) Our accordion player at the crest of Fulking Escarpment, South Downs, Sussex; (bottom) – in full swing at The Shepherd & Dog, Fulking Village – Jempics

Fulking

4 of 5 in the Jemverse ’31’ series

In the valley lies Fulking
down there in the Weald
amidst all the green
of fallow and field
Destination today
as we wander along
all full of good spirits
and bursting to song

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Photo – Fulking Village from the top of Fulking Escarpment, South Downs, Sussex – Jempics

Long awaited

A day long awaited
arrives and I’m ready
Gear is all packed
and weather looks steady
Dry bags for the rain
if it comes just in case
But I’m hoping that they
will remain in their place

And the trail lies before us
the chalk and the loam
of the South Downs way
in Sussex, our home
Two brothers off doing
the thing they love most
Walking the Downs on
the hills by the coast

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These dusty trails

I walk these dusty trails
the sun above my head
towards the hazy hills beyond
to which I have been led

And familiar they may
be to this Sussex man
But that won’t stop me going
for a walk, because I can

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On the Downs

Up on the Downs
with sunshine and sheep
and lambs newly born
and hills always steep
and cows in the distance
and haze on the hill
and a marvellous view
that surprises me still

With good company
and dogs on a lead
and sparrow-hawks diving
on occasion at speed
This place just a moment
or two in the car
is always delightful
and spectacular

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