Resting quietly on an ash-stole, with the scent of flowers, and the odour of green buds and leaves, a ray of sunlight yonder lighting up the lichen and the moss on the oak trunk, a gentle air stirring in the branches above, giving glimpses of fleecy clouds sailing in the ether, there comes into the mind a feeling of intense joy in the simple fact of living.
Richard Jefferies from Wildlife In A Southern County
Purple seed-heads on the tall grasses that along with the bull-rushes line the roadside fringe of Bank Well, a small pond that I pass on my daily commute.
Wildlife in a Southern County is about the area in North Wiltshire where Jefferies grew up. Marlborough Down, Barbury Castle and the Ridgeway path were all part of his stomping ground. I haven’t been there since a primary school trip in the seventies, but Alan and Darren were walking there only this weekend.