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Week 5 of distancing

April 19, 2020

A walk through Park Wood

Industrial archaeology in Palace Fields

Folk on Foot virtual folk festival this afternoon was very enjoyable. Do listen to Peggy Seeger in Iffley … or any of the others. They’re great!

The way through the woods. This used to be a railway line before Beeching’s Axe.
13 track

13 untranslated

16 palimpsest sml


An afternoon walk. Bugle and white bugle in the meadow above Tor Wood, and bluebells, white dead-nettle, primroses and ramsons on the way to King Castle Wood.

King Castle Wood covers the remains of an iron-age fortified hilltop enclosure and is rich in native trees and wild flowers. Today it was all bluebells and birdsong and ferns unfurling. Guelder Rose and Hawthorn were just coming into flower.

In a lovely meadow called The Lyatt, on the far side of the wood, I saw a scattering of Early Purple orchids, once a common plant of chalk or limestone meadows and ancient woodland.
18 early purple

Homewards across Palace fields, with a distant view of Glastonbury Tor on one side (Twinhills on the left and Park Wood on the right), and Wells Cathedral on the other (Tor Wood on the right).

I got home in time for tea and cake before a Zoom recording of ten poets responding to “Rise: from one island to another”, a beautiful and disturbing work; you can see it here.

At noon, the third story-session this week with my lovely six-year-old grandson, via WhatsApp. He read Winnie the Pooh to me and I read Green Eggs and Ham to him.

Self-portrait as a beech tree
13 self portrait as a beech tree

I’ve been asked to draw a map of my walks. I’m working on it!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Beau Beausoleil permalink
    April 19, 2020 8:00 pm

    Dear Ama, Thanks taking me along on your walk, it was lovely !! And that video was wonderful and very moving. Poems can soften the hardest of husks around some ideas and allow them to be eaten by many who hunger for the truth. See you next week!!

  2. April 27, 2020 10:42 am

    Thank you dear Beau.

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