Tag Archives: Uffington

Carved hills

One of the most striking things you can see as you drive through the English countryside is the great white shape of a hill figure cut into the landscape. There are many to see, at least fifty known figures, ranging … Continue reading

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Notes from a small dog: IndieAni Bones and the dragon’s lair III

Parking the car up a bumpy lane, we got out and walked along the Ridgeway for a while. She said she was saving the best till last… and I would have been happy with the little wood she let me … Continue reading

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Notes from a small dog: IndieAni Bones and the dragon’s lair

It was a misty morning when she woke me. She was up and about earlier than usual… I wasn’t even awake when she started bustling about… and yet, when I’d had my breakfast and went for the leash, all I … Continue reading

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A Thousand Miles of History XLIX: Back to the future…

We went back once more to where it all began. Paying our respects to Dragon Hill, the ancient White Horse and the hillfort known as Uffington Castle, we left the car and the world behind and walked to Wayland’s Smithy. … Continue reading

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Earth’s Ore… by Stuart France

* “Oh, and Bilbo, if you should, in fact, find a live Dragon down there, don’t waken it.” The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. * * Some are called… The Dragon speaks. Some are taken… The Dragon sleeps. * * … Continue reading

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Where were we? Bluebells and lions

With one friend on his way to London, we returned to the village to begin the catching up. Considering we hadn’t seen each other for two years, we managed to get a surprisingly early night, which was just as well, … Continue reading

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Find the path…

Picture the scene… two o’clock in the morning… a half empty wine bottle on the table… the dog snoring on the sofa, her ball forgotten for a little while… and my companion picks up the book and begins to read … Continue reading

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Rooted in the Land – Of Staff and Stone

A leisurely evening working on the new book was the prelude to our adventure. My companion had, quite logically, travelled down to my home in the south from his home in the north… prior to heading north again together…via a … Continue reading

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Return of the Dragon…Uffington

We were up early on our final morning in Wiltshire. It had rained overnight and everything was soaked, but there was something in the air that promised a hint of summer. The vividness of the green in the damp half-light … Continue reading

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Clunch, dollies and green lions…

Rain stopped play. By the time we reached the cars after our visit to the White Horse at Uffington, any plans we had tentatively formed for walking to Wayland’s Smithy were washed away. Instead, we sought shelter, cider and lunch … Continue reading

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