Stoughton and Kingley Vale

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South Downs View © Christopher Somerville
Flowers of the South Downs © Christopher Somerville
Flowers of the South Downs © Christopher Somerville

A still, sunny day lay over West Sussex. Pigeons were loud and throaty in the beeches around Stoughton. The rumble of harrow and roller sounded faint and far off from the stubble fields around Old Bartons farmhouse, where a crowd of wailing seagulls were following the gleaming disks as they turned grubs and worms into the sunlight. A Hereford bull stood dazed with sleepiness against the fence and permitted me to scratch his woolly poll and stroke his warm, dusty coat.

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