Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist
poliphilo

But My Home Is There

West Sussex looks a long way away on the map, but if you take the motorways- which means going north to the M25 before turning south on the M23 (which is utterly counterintuitive) you can be in the neighbourhood of Brighton in about an hour.

Just short of Brighton we turned right onto minor roads and pootled about through the landscape of the South Downs- which is, hands down, my favourite landscape in all the world. Two of my favourite 20th century poets were Sussex men (they weren't friends) and wrote lovingly of the Downs. I'm always quoting Kipling so I won't do it again here; instead have a few lines of Belloc..

I never get between the pines
But I smell the Sussex air;
Nor I never come on a belt of sand
But my home is there
And along the sky the line of the Downs
So noble and so bare.

We stopped here and there. This is the church at Poynings




And here is a window in the church. One of the sources I consulted dated it to 1421, though I've no idea how they could be so precise. If this Annunciation were painted on board instead of glass it would be in the National Gallery.





Here's a stretch of road between Poynings and Fulking. It's called The Street and somewhere among the hills to the left is the great valley known as the Devil's Dyke.





(To Be Continued...)
Subscribe

Recent Posts from This Journal

  • Phobic

    I'm cool with live insects (so long as they don't bite) but dead ones creep me out- so when Julia came in from the garden with a dead…

  • Gone

    I woke from an afternoon nap with a fully formed poem in my head and was about to recite it to myself- and so fix it- when instantly it was…

  • What's It Worth?

    One of the fun things about auctions is you can't predict the outcome. The tortoiseshell tea caddy is a pretty thing (if you overlook the…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 10 comments

Recent Posts from This Journal

  • Phobic

    I'm cool with live insects (so long as they don't bite) but dead ones creep me out- so when Julia came in from the garden with a dead…

  • Gone

    I woke from an afternoon nap with a fully formed poem in my head and was about to recite it to myself- and so fix it- when instantly it was…

  • What's It Worth?

    One of the fun things about auctions is you can't predict the outcome. The tortoiseshell tea caddy is a pretty thing (if you overlook the…