Category Archives: Out and about

This is the Shire

“Riverton” says the signpost to the new housing development. It sounds like somewhere from the pages of J.R.R. Tolkien, somewhere from The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings. It would not be hard to imagine such tales unfolding among the … Continue reading

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The bandsman

Friday mornings, between 6.45 and 6.50 am, he drives across the moor. The car, a small Vauxhall hatchback, is heavily laden. Large red canvas bags fill the rear of the car. Cymbals from a drum kit rest on top of … Continue reading

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A land of huorns and ents

The dawn sunlight shone above the moorland below, the clear, sharp colours in the sky contrasting with the blanket of greyness at ground level. There was a moment’s temptation to stop the car and just to ponder the expanse of … Continue reading

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An exceptionally long life?

The windmill pictured above was a cause of mystery! We moved here to the village of High Ham in Somerset in February 1967.  Our house is the last in a line of council houses built in 1926.  Beyond our house, … Continue reading

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A soft moor road

Nythe Road is closed. It must be forty-five years or more since the new bridges were built on Nythe Road was closed. It was officially closed for weeks at the time, but farmers could not be cut off from their … Continue reading

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