Downshire Diary – (69) Making Plans with the Muse (Part 01)

Downshire is a relatively small English county but like a pocket battleship it packs a lot in, a short but beautiful coastline, a channel port, the Ancient forests of Dancingdean and Pepperstock, the craggy ridges and manmade lakes of the Pepperstock Hills National Park, the rolling hills of the Downshire Downs, the beautiful Finchbottom Vale and farm land as far as the eye can see from the Trotwood’s and the Grace’s in the south to the home of the Downshire Light infantry, Nettlefield, and their affluent neighbour’s, Roespring and Tipton in the north but our story begins in the East, or more precisely, 20 miles inland from Sharpington-By-Sea, equidistant between Finchbottom and Pepperstock Green, in the sprawling village of Denmead.

purification ritual

Like uncoloured ink in the Atlantic Mind-a-babble shared by all Scorn not Step back into ineffable silence Cling not to a single creed Carry back...

Counting down

Here and now stuff - rough around the edges

Tales from the Finchbottom Vale – (69) Sisterly Love

The village of Kettlewell sat in the rolling Pepperstock Hills that formed the northwest border of The Finchbottom Vale and it was half a mile from the hamlet of Kettlewell-on-the-Hill, the two of which made up the parish of St Augustine’s Church.

Policing Downshire in the Noughties – Feeding a Friendly Journalist

It was a cool damp evening as Bill Overend walked through the turnstile, at Abbottsfield, the home of Abbottsford Town Football Club and it was buzzing.

Mornington-By-Mere – (67) The Reluctant Hero

Mornington-By-Mere is a small country village lying in the Finchbottom Vale nestled between the Ancient Dancingdean Forest and the rolling Pepperstock Hills.


Adventures from a bus

Can't you go any faster?

Imagined conversation.

Mornington-By-Mere – (66) Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fond

Edward Vineyard was a 23 year old English graduate who worked for the Shallowfield and Childean Chronicle and the last couple of weeks things had been quite uninteresting for him, firstly because nothing of any interest happened in the Finchbottom Vale or even the wider environs of Downshire for that matter during those two weeks and even if there had been something even mildly interesting he had been stuck righting fluff pieces on flower shows and gymkhana’s.

The Clerembeax Palace Hotel and Spa – The Lord Works in Mysterious Ways

The beautiful Downshire village of Clerembeax St Giles was situated to the west of Abbeyvale located between Grace Hill and Bushy Down and on the outskirts was the Clerembeax Palace Hotel and Spa which had become very important to the lives of those living in the village community with St Giles’ Church at its hub.