Monthly Archives: August 2010

Time Past 4

June 18,2002 I am frequently entranced by the cattle in the fields bordering the old railway track. This is probably because in my pre-school years I had the freedom of a field of cows beyond our back garden fence in … Continue reading

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Scene Shift

This  little inland  town is, in my mind, but a scene-shift from a beach. My bare feet travel the corrugations of moist sand. Sea water seeps between my toes. I’m close to the frothing shallows. No going back. I walk … Continue reading

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Time Travellers

I am privileged to live in an ancient market town by a winding river and its water meadows. It is the kind of place of which English exiles across the world will have dreamt in the past two centuries. Soon … Continue reading

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Time Past 3

June 7, 2002 A vast field of broad beans neighbouring the old railway track was in flower; a delightful scent came from it. Some of the plants were about four feet tall.  I examined one: quite a lot of blackfly … Continue reading

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Telling the Time

Slowly, lazily, the town hall clock chimes noon.  It is a gentle sound but is heard all across the town centre. I’ve seen pictures of its mechanism. It seems it’s still wound by hand, and, even when the clocks change, … Continue reading

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Odd Socks and Tractors

I think it’s time to abandon this sea view and go back down to the town. I got the message from Mrs Llew. It’s impossible to pay her a compliment. ‘What me?’ ‘Huh’. ‘Don’t interrupt, I’m counting.’ That could be … Continue reading

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Time Past (2)

April 12, 2002 Spring has moved on. The loveliest memory, lasting even until now, is the primroses, in Towersey and Aston Sandford churchyards, and  clustered on the banks of brooks among fading snowdrops and white violets. The brooks really are … Continue reading

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