I hope your day was as nice as mine. In these here parts gin-clear chalk streams trickle off the downs. They combine to become a tributary of the River Test and flow south to the English Channel. It’s here that watercress has been grown for centuries. Buy it anywhere in the UK and there’s a good chance this is where it came from. So this is where I did a 12-miler today, by way of an abandoned medieval village.
Getting out and deep into the countryside is a drug to me. The idea of being anywhere else on a hot summer’s day anathema. I genuinely crave it and look forward to it all week. Get up and out early, start walking the trails and keep walking. A long time ago I took a Texan woman I was studying with out for a day, into the countryside near here. She was astounded at all the greens. She’d never seen so much green, which I put down to her coming from browns and yellows. What we can take for granted is always worth seeing through someone else’s eyes.