on time

nutrients depleted
walled in by circumstances
sheep seek fresh pasture

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n.b. Apologies if this post seems a bit preachy. It is that time of year.

CLP 22/12/2022

on time

beech trees line the walls
longest noon shadows of year
all down hill from here

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n.b. Winter Solstice! A cause for celebration here in the Northern Hemisphere!!!

p.s. All down hill, in a good way!

CLP 21/12/2022

on country houses

next time you visit
ask where from the money stems
plantations, mines, mills

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n.b. Wow! Look at that beautiful house! Wonderful gardens and lakes. Magnificent gates! The estate wall runs for miles. Wonderful paintings. 1642-1660 the English Revolution that utterly failed and we’re still paying for that failure.

CLP 19/12/2022

on time

dry stones lining lanes
running across peaks, down dales
dividing fields

n.b. How many hours were taken to build the maze of dry stone masonry found across England? Astounding constructions.

CLP 18/12/2022

on time

temperature drop
counter-measures introduced
slow tick-tock of clock

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n.b. Chilling in front of a fire.

CLP 17/12/2022

on time

we scraped snow off lines
kicked the ball through heavy flakes
played as if still kids

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n.b. Such fun to be able to run and slide about chasing a football for an hour, even when the air temperature is less than zero.

CLP 15/12/2022

on time

visible today
maybe tomorrow, we'll see
patience is strength

~

CLP 13/12/2022

on Ukraine

bombs dropped, rockets fired
yes, you did! no, we didn't!
truth walking wounded

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n.b. Day 292. Add truth to the list of missing.

CLP 12/12/2022

on time

silvered birch frozen
memento of sub-zero night
fall of moondust

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CLP 11/12/2022

on time

Trafalgar jacket
we boast of that victory
dyed in indigo

n.b. The mind-expanding exhibition by the Singh Twins, (running until 20th February, 2023) at Norwich Castle, explains how many farmers in India were forced to grow indigo to colour uniforms blue for English and French forces, (greed and profit take no sides).

An example being this Royal Navy sailor’s jacket, dating from before 1805 and the Battle of Trafalgar that year.

The British imposition to grow the indigo plant on an industrial basis, meant that the small-scale farms, on which villagers were dependent for edible crops, were drawn into satisfying the demands of the military for blue dye at the expense of growing food, with dire consequences.

The 300 years between the arrival of the East India Company and independence from the UK with the installation of self-determined government, were centuries marked by a series of wide-ranging famines, many exacerbated by British colonial practises.

The last famine of colonial rule was in 1942/43. It became the ultimate stain on Winston Churchill’s reputation, when food resources were again compromised, on this occasion by his directive to meet military munitions needs in preference to mitigating a famine that ultimately killed an estimated 1.5 million civilians, with a further 2 million thought to have died of disease.

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CLP 10/12/2022