Settings and scenes
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Settings and scenes book
Hambledon Hill. A chalk dome with three great spurs that r ises between Child Okeford and Shroton in Dorset. Cretaceous. Marine life made geology by pressure and time. Crows wheel above slopes that shift in and out of focus, artefacts of mist and changes in the light. Giant furrows fold back upon the rise and on each other, sinuous earthworks that follow the contour, turning up in places to cross the ridge. Drawn along these lines, the eye is pulled, like centuries of soil, down folds and slopes to lower ground, to the Vale of Blackmoor and Cranborne Chase. The view is a familiar one. It is a patchwork of fields and hedgerows, of hamlets, villages and more isolated farms. Ash trees caught in hedges hold the line of old boundaries in their boughs. Beech stands turn to copper and bronze each autumn, catching fire in the low sun of late afternoon. There is even a yew wood, dark and dense against the green. Some consider the wood to be haunted. Ghosts walk in stories that resonate around the hill, only to be lost with increasing distance. The stories are local; tethered to the land.