Grazing history Ancient lives beneath the grass Casting long shadows

This hillside close to my home was once home to an ancient settlement going back to the earliest times. Later, the Romans built a road below it and who knows the stories of those who passed that way? Today few in the village know or care about what lies beneath the grass of that slope, yet perhaps the older families in this small community may trace their origins all the way back to those first settlers and travellers… Meanwhile the sheep that will provide this generation with warmth and food graze peacefully, recycling history.

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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26 Responses to Grazed

  1. Olga says:

    Interesting story about the layers of history hidden below. Lovely haiku.


  2. Mary Smith says:

    You might be interested in this project to uncover the secrets of a Roman fort:
    Love the haiku.


  3. Eliza Waters says:

    I love the thought of layers of history beneath one’s feet. It’s a beautiful, reassuring thing!


  4. denis1950 says:

    This is amazing history. I would be down there digging like a flash.


  5. once again, you have me salivating for those historical environs of yours

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  6. How thought provoking, the sheep unknowingly recycling the past,and the people not knowing, or caring.


  7. socialbridge says:

    Love this image of history and nature. So gentle.


  8. Helen Jones says:

    There are so many layers of history in every square inch of this landscape – it fascinates me endlessly, who was here, what did they do? Buildings once mighty now disappeared without trace, whole villages sinking back into the earth. In another life I think I would have liked to be an archaeologist…


  9. You can compose haiku on everything! And you do it beautifully each time… 🙂


  10. noelleg44 says:

    So peaceful and I love the thought of history living beneath the feet of the sheep. I would probably be out there with a shovel, but I know that’s not acceptable!


  11. English countryside is so beautiful…Oh England.


  12. macjam47 says:

    Lovely haiku. What lies beneath always provokes a tide of interesting thoughts. What lies beneath is truly a reflection of our history.


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