Tuesday, 9 June 2009

The Old Straight Track

An old road connected the Roman ports of Dubris (Dover) to Rutupiae (Richborough), following a line that is almost exactly magnetic south to north [it may even have been exactly when it was built - who knows?] Parts are still paved today, built up over the years, while most of the rest is visible as paths or tracks.

Near West Langdon a wood has grown over part of the route and the path skirts around it, but in the wood the old straight track can still be seen, between banks at each side.
In the prairie fields of this area, tractors carve their own straight tracks to the horizon.

Poppies follow the imaginary line between two fields, unmarked by fence or hedge, near Napchester.And clouds form their own ley lines in the sky.....

8 comments:

Goosey said...

Great pictures, I like the poppy one very much.

Warren Baker said...

Nice post Steve. Were those poppies actually on an old fence line, or just on some other old long lost feature ?

Rambling Rob said...

A therapeutic read. That Napchester landscape with poppies is a beauty.

Kingsdowner said...

Thanks for the comments....

Warren, I assume that the line is formed at the meeting of hayfield and cornfield.
Perhaps there is more disturbance for the seed to grow there, combined with less weedkiller?

Greenie said...

Steve ,
Enjoyable as ever .
Point on starting a new blog account - you wouldn't be able to use Kingsdowner any more as it would already be in use .

Anonymous said...

Very worried by Greenie's comment - you're not going to abandon this wonderful blog are you? Its something I aspire to...one day... and as others have said always a very therapeutic but inspirational read.

Nicola

Kingsdowner said...

Nicola, that's so nice of you.

Unfortunately technology is getting in the way of both Greenie and myself.....our three-score posts and ten are nearly up.

There is apparently a limit to the number of pictures that we can upload and keep, so we'll need to do some housekeeping/culling.

I've no intention of giving up as I enjoy it (very therapeutic) and the fact that people actually read and comment is a valuable bonus.

Mary said...

That is a really cool series! I love those poppies!