Summer’s lease

By Heckington Eau Swallows swoop and skim over the grass when I walk Doris the dog round the village sports field, telling me it’s summer even with a gale blowing and grey sky overhead.

Blue sky later: good for an evening walk. The footpath runs along the bank of Heckington Eau and I look over fields of wheat or peas, stretching like a dark green sea below me. The banks of the drains, so plain in winter, are bursting with grasses, cow parsley, wild flowers.

Many fields have wide verges left uncut for wildlife: crops and grasses make stripes of light/dark green, grey, yellow.

Stripes bring to mind the Isle of Wight, 1970s, bottles filled with layers of coloured Alum Bay sands. Before that, in my grandmother’s house, stripy sands in a bottle were from the Egyptian desert: my teenage summers or my mother’s lost, hot childhood, bottled.

And watery fen or arid desert exist under the same bowl of sky.

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2 thoughts on “Summer’s lease

  1. Jane Morris

    ToFlat Earth, Big Sky

    Hi Veronica,

    Conway says the Perseids meteor shower will be a great show tonight, & at its best just after the moon sets which I hear is when less cloudy skies are likely again (around here anyway) ie at 1 or 1.30am.

    So he (and just perhaps, we) may be off into the middle of one of our local parks!
    Maybe you & Phil could look at your extra big bowl of sky then too?

    love from Jane xx

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