I am walking at Clay Hill Heath today. The car park is just off the A337 from Brockenhurst to Lyndhurst but not signposted from the road, so less susceptible to impulse visitors. That, in turn, gives the area an advantage of seclusion that it might not otherwise enjoy. I step through a small gate into […]

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So this morning, once again, I take the road from Emery Down to Bolderwood and park at Milyford bridge. But this time I walk up to the Portuguese fireplace with the intention of following the path down to the New Forest reptiliary, before circling back through Wooson’s Hill Inclosure. A plaque used to stand next […]

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Today, I have returned to Highland Water, where, in the car park, the Forestry Commission reminds me I must not barbecue, nor stay overnight. That’s okay. Neither is on my agenda today. I am here only to listen. Descending on a steep, winding track through the coniferous wood, I centre myself into a reverential silence, […]

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Today, I park at Milyford Bridge and take the path into Holmhill Inclosure, where I have never walked before. The well-maintained, gravelled walkway first paces the meandering Highland Water, before crossing a little wooden bridge and continuing straight on, whilst the stream wanders off into the solitude of the deeper parts of the wood. The […]

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On an empty Barton Common, the gorse spreads wide to welcome the sunshine and the silence is broken only by the birds singing arias to the arrival of spring. Bluebells still linger in these sunny corners; they will not outstay their welcome, though, and will soon yield to the gaudy interventions of the wild rhododendrons. […]

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We are over the first shock, and if frustrated, we are at least settled into a routine. So now we begin to peer into the crystal ball, wondering where this all leads. Not surprisingly, we are asking the question, ‘What happens afterwards?’  I suspect that here in the UK, the PM’s own pandemic experience will prove […]

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Days 12-13: 3rd – 4th March 2018: Dragons and Artists   I am at UMAK again today, for a very special event. The University has sponsored an open competition to write and stage a thirty-minute musical based on my epic fantasy, Dragonsong. There are seven finalists, all of which will be performed today.   The […]

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