Sunday, 20 March 2011


In the heart of Stevenage New Town, adjacent to the Old London Road, are the Six Hills.
These remarkable tumuli are said to be Roman burial mounds, despite the fact that they appear very much like Bronze Age Barrows.

Despite the somewaht incongrous setting (That has grown up around them today) they are still an impressive sight and none more so than at winter when covered in snow when it is easy to imagine that there may have been some truth in the darker legend of thier origin!

Six Hills

Beside the Old London Road
In the heart of Stevenage town
Six Hills in a perfect line
Mark the trace of ancient times

These Barrows are believed by some
To be of Bronze Age or Roman origin
But legend holds a darker tale
So it’s here that I’ll begin

One day whilst sitting
All alone in Whomerly wood
The Devil threw seven spades of earth
Towards where Stevenage Old Town stood

Six clods landed in a perfect line
Just missing the travellers passing by
Whilst the seventh hit Gravely church’s spire
And knocked it all awry!


Saturday, 5 March 2011

Down on the farm

We spent a crisp dry spring afternoon down on the farm visiting the animals and then rounded off the visit with a delicious coffee and cake in the tea rooms, and, for the Mudhoppers, oh yes there was plenty of mud, plenty, plenty!

Down on the farm
What better way
Than to spend the afternoon
Of a cold clear spring day
Down on the farm
Feeding the chickens and fussing the pigs
Laughing as we splash through the mud
And later
Tucking into flapjacks and sipping cappuccinos
In the warmth of the cafe with the other visitors

We browsed the farm shop for delights
Free range eggs, wholemeal bread
Vegetables fresh from the ground
Pickles and jams and other treats abound
And best of all
Free samples of the local produce to taste
Smoke cured ham and spicy sausages
Exciting our taste buds, delicious

Surely there can be no better way
To spend such a day
Than down on the farm.

Yes, it's that time of year for more country walks, explorations and soon a return to the more esoteric side of life, so until the next time, keep well and happy landings.