After our visit to Down House today, we set off from the grounds on a circular walk along a beautiful stretch of the North Downs which took us through alternating stretches of woodland and traditional meadowland, first descending past Bromley golf course then on through Leasons Wood, up through a truly beautiful meadow thick with dandelions that was like stepping back into childhood, before skirting Cudham and back to Down House.

Meadow North Downs

The Bright Field by RS Thomas

I have seen the sun break through
to illuminate a small field
for a while, and gone my way
and forgotten it. But that was the pearl
of great price, the one field that had
the treasure in it. I realise now
that I must give all that I have
to possess it. Life is not hurrying
on to a receding future, nor hankering after
an imagined past.  It is the turning
aside like Moses to the miracle
of the lit bush, to a brightness
that seemed as transitory as your youth
once, but is the eternity that awaits you.

Mary Newcomb – Too much these dandelion lands

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