Some day, I think, there will be people enough
In Froxfield to pick all the blackberries
Out of the hedges of Green Lane, the straight
Broad lane where now September hides herself
In bracken and blackberry, harebell and dwarf gorse.
Today, where yesterday a hundred sheep
Were nibbling, halcyon bells shake to the sway
Of waters that no vessel ever sailed.....
It is a kind of spring: the chaffinch tries
His song. For heat it is like summer too.
This might be winter`s quiet. While the glint
Of hollies dark in the swollen hedges lasts-
One mile- and those bells ring, little I know
Or heed if time is still the same, until
The lane ends and once more is the same.
By Edward Thomas (1878 - 1917)
Froxfield is a village in Eastern Hampshire, in the lovely wooded hills ( hangars) of the South Downs near Petersfield. Edward Thomas lived nearby in the hamlet of Steep.
Spiked, lime green "hedgehog" cases of sweet chestnuts have grown this week........
.......and some are dropping to the soaked ground, where they will split and give up their slender chestnuts to squirrels and to mice.
Beech mast droops on a bough of turning leaves.........
......while rose hips ripen, deep shining red in the bracken undergrowth..........
.....and there are blackberries enough for all the people in our village, but few leave their cars behind to gather them. Maybe it is for the best. The hedges and heaths are alive with feeding birds and the nuts and berries grow, Nature`s storecupboard, in ripe and plentiful profusion.