Friday, November 18, 2011
Today is grey and it was drizzling earlier but in my new frame of mind I’m not letting the weather stop me. So – boots and a wax jacket and off I went. There was mist over the hills and no one around – probably because I was later than I intended and everyone else had crossed the common to the village shops, most of them with dogs, for newspapers, milk, bread baked fresh early this morning, or whatever else was needed to take back home and start the day. So, entirely on my own, I strode around the common which is maintained just enough to stop it running impossibly wild. There are dry stone walls in reasonable repair, tho not perfect, and trees that are bent and bowed and left alone as long as they are safe. There aren’t any animals grazing at the moment but sheep, horses or goats appear periodically to keep the grass down. All this gives real character to the common and it feels as tho it has been in this state forever – and indeed it probably hasn’t changed that much in decades thanks to wise council policy.