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Postby Ron » Thu Dec 06, 2012 4:48 pm

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"Fast yomp this morning. The rain has gone, and clearing skies foretell a bright day. The village came to life earlier, folks on the way to their work or duties, they do this in a quiet manner and always pass the time of day, the real Dorset people are so kind, doors are left unlocked and in clement weather wide open, this is one of the lowest crime areas in The Western World!! Still I feel like a protector, on my early hoofs, I look out for all, and they would do the same for me. The little river Jordan , which runs through the centre of the ancient village is running full and clear after the recent floods, and rushing tumbling water along the mill race is the loudest sound in the air this am. Silver Street is a joy, houses from the middle ages, still beautiful and opposite the village pond, by the pub, and a natural meeting place. It`s easy to love this place."

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Postby Ron » Mon Dec 10, 2012 12:00 pm

Half Moon Hoof!
Out good and early, under a surprisingly bright waning crescent moon. The wind in my face, a north wind brisk and cool but not keening and damp underfoot but not icy, good hoofin` conditions. Kept to the main roads non the less, not a soul or bird and animal encountered, past Puddledock a most interesting lane which is sub titled on the sign, "not suitable for vehicles" well in the dark and full of the legendary puddles (more a series of ponds in reality) I gave it a miss! But I promise to take you there after a few dry days, And I have still to introduce you to the "top end" where the village climbs the mountainous bulk of the " back edge" and in a secret spot, you find yourself right back in the bronze age, the dorset Ridgeway is where you stand, be quiet and you will see Deer, wild boar, and other special creatures, and the view!! A panorama of the Jurassic Coast with up to forty miles of amazing coast to admire, dream on , home for breakfast, the day begins. :yum

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Postby Ron » Tue Dec 11, 2012 4:32 pm

Santa Claus, Hoof.
Very cold this early a.m. but I had a function to perform, to deliver a handful of Christmas cards to my chums in the village, set off under clear skies and dodgy underfoot! So staying on streetlight areas I went about this pleasant task, right at the top of one road where the Hill joins the asphalt, I could not resist a yomp on the field, went to the high point where the hamlet of Winslow once stood, then I looked up! It was the clearest night sky i have ever seen in mainland Britain, I was now above the light pollution, and this was an absolute grand panorama, a trillion stars!!!! This must be in honour of the late great Sir Patrick Moore, a real send off, Bless You Patrick. Now fortified in Soul, I carefully picked my way down, surprised to be greeted by a paper girl, a young Giantess who had been watching my progress up the hill, she inquired about my well being, and, satisfied that I had not blown a mental gasket, bid me "Good Mornin` Ron be careful don`t slip" I bid this to all of you this morning, People are great! :kiss

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Postby Ron » Wed Dec 12, 2012 12:47 pm

Sort of a late hoof this morning, I have no real reason to own an alarm clock anymore, and with daybreak getting later, natural light coming through the curtains is much later in the a.m. So, in a dulling cold half grey light , I ventured out, a few cars about, but otherwise just one , very frozen looking Man and dog. I was able to see where I was going for a change!! This enabled me to venture into new spots, for a small village there is lots more to find and relate, for instance a tiny lane off Plaisters Lane, which rambled past, old and wonderful cottages, and was along a tiny carrier of the river Jordan, I had never been here before. Then it joined Silver Street, at the back off Hardy`s famous mill, where I took a new detour along side the mill, walking in famous footsteps! This parish once belonged to King Harold, he of the battle of Hastings, so he must also have trod these tiny lanes some 940 years before! I feel humbled, and hungry, so a brisk march home, mornin` you all! :wave

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Postby Ron » Thu Dec 13, 2012 9:03 am

The Lights On Hoof.
Up early and out on a mild dry morning. Took a turn at the western fringe of the Parish, over the river bridge, and down a narrow footpath, to a road where the donkeys live, yes it`s the Weymouth Beach Donkeys, and they live in the village, there was no sign of them this morning, but on another visit I will give you all the lowdown! Now by cutting across on another path, still dark I came into the top end, and the lights were on! Christmas lights that is! Being Dorset there were some subtle and artistic offerings. The largest and poshest place in the village a virtual mansion, just had very pleasing banks of tiny blue and silver lights in the shrubs and bushes, top marks, in the cottages down Mission Hall Lane, so far just Christmas trees in the windows, twinkling at the world, passing children of all ages must love this display. Now in the real centre of the village, the real show is on, nothing ostentatious, but loads of wham anyway, how about this on a farm building wall by the pond, a twenty foot tall DUCK!! done in beautiful outline, a work of art! Nothing can top that, only in this place! These folks, just shake your heads! Morning :yes

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Postby Ron » Fri Dec 14, 2012 9:12 pm

Eventually got out and hoofed, there is a lot of ground water everywhere, the tiny River Jordan is doing a good impersonation of the Thames, running heavy and brown also a tad over the banks in some parts, no domestic flooding yet, thank god, the million pound flood prevention scheme at Fisherbridge Rd is just holding as of yet, more rain due later. I will go that way in the mornin` let you know, bye. :wave

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Postby Ron » Mon Dec 17, 2012 1:02 pm

As a reformed boozer, I still find old defunct pubs interesting, for all sorts of reasons, their position in the community for one, the little clues, which give away the past, like a hatch door at ground level to give the draymen access to the cellar. In the village I have identified three such buildings, and according to the locals, I was correct, only one has been named so far, The Butcher's Arms. But I will find out the others, given time. The village was very peaceful this Sunday morning, only one person to speak to this mornin` an old chap parking his car in the main street. The X mas lights were mostly still on and lovely, in this most tranquil of all dawns yet, this early hoofin` does me a lot of good, both physically and in mind. Now back to work a book to finish by May! :read

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Postby Ron » Mon Dec 17, 2012 1:07 pm

The Up The Works Hoof!!
I was right up the works early this mornin` and I loved it! The Waterworks that is! There is a fine cluster of Victorian buildings, just where the village gives way to the fields that lead to the back edge, this is the water works, run by Wessex Water, which takes water from the ever reliable source of the River Jordan, filters it, and then pumps it to a reservoir on top of a near by hill. This is a wonderful quality of water to have a pure chalk stream , collected at its spring, and ready for use, ain`t we lucky!! This corner of the village is simply fascinating, with an ancient wood yard ( more on that later) and very old cottages, all in a happy little bundle! A place to live, work and love, not to mention prosper too.This is where folks would have built their houses back in the Bronze Age, and they were wise to do so, I do admire this part. Back through the village, the giant Duck in lights was winking at its friends on the duck pond, and I did not see a car or human soul on this hoof, good morning world. :-D

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Postby Ron » Tue Dec 18, 2012 11:19 am

The Upwey Hoof, took a Hoof to Upwey Station Yesterday, this is the nearest rail link to the village, and goes through some interesting countryside, The Mighty Chalbury Hillfort, for one, the first of the Bronze age Hillforts to be built in Dorzett. The Ramparts are fairly slight now, but the strong local legends persist, one is that if you go to a certain spot at a certain time of day, you will h
ear beautiful music, this near Bincombe Bumps! What names these places have! Got to the Station, to go to Dorchester, she was on the platform, now I`m fairly used to being a centre of attention, goes with the job. But this is something new to me, a kind of female stalker! well I say new it`s been going on since last winter, but not all the time, and never threatening, an example going to post a letter I walk past this lady, she going in the opposite direction , I got a direct neutral stare, fine, went on to post the letter, turned round and she is peeping from behind a hedge , just a few yards away, just one example. Today was quite different, I stood a short distance away on the platform, but when the train come she got in the same carriage, and sat next me in a nearly empty car!! Then she got her nuts out!! gently shook them in their bag! and put them back in her bag, pulled out a Whispa bar, and asked me if I wanted a bit!!!!,Oh my god! (to be continued) :o

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Postby Ron » Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:07 pm

Pouring down with rain, but I don't care! Off out at the usual time, just decided to keep to the better lit areas, might as well get used to it, the weather forecast ahead is for much the same, flooding is predicted. But hey this is Dorset! People were everywhere, walking to work, getting the hounds to trees and lamp posts, all with a dollop of that Dorzett Joviality, which cannot be muted. One older lady was even trying to feed the ducks in the rainy dark, I didn't like to point out to her that the ducks would still be asleep, up at the Under Hill lake. She meant well. The Christmas lights look even better in the wet reflections on the road, welcome to a very damp morn in deepest Wessex. Wettest Hoof Yet. :wave

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Postby Ron » Thu Dec 20, 2012 12:54 pm

The wet Hoof (part two) down in Dismal Dorset, up and out, into the great squelch (I don`t mind I nice squelch!) so wet, rain is heavy and constant.
Togged up proper this dark morn, got my fishing attire on, from head to foot. I don`t have anything to report that I haven't told you about before, so really I will tell you why I do it! Three reasons come to mind. Fitness and freshness, I get fitter by the day doing this, with the aid of a new diet I have shifted 18 pounds, and I am now within 3 pounds of my target weight, and 12 days early, so right on track. Being out and active in early fresh wakes one up, and clears one`s mind, it`s away from all the electronic distractions, and I get a natural "burn and buzz". When it is possible I like to investigate new areas and even in a small but ancient village like this there are masses of things to uncover, given time, but the real reason I do this, well it's simple, to stay in touch with myself, and to look both backwards and then forwards, and as I do seem "young" for my years, I have much to do, and this one is for Amy,Top o` the Morning! :duke

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Postby Ron » Thu Dec 20, 2012 7:27 pm

Had to fit in some more Hoofs today. being Christmas and all, I combined them with other duties, Took a fast hoof, down to the river on a hunch, and found myself breaking into an involuntary run , good grief my body was taking over and giving itself a workout, and it was fluid and easy, so that will have to be added to the routines, got to the riverside at Fisherbridge, and floods everywhere, looking bad with more rain forecast. Some houses just had deep standing water in the gardens,and right up to the doors, sandbags are now being deployed. This at the seasonal peak of festivities, bless them all. will look again before dawn. :xmas

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Postby Ron » Fri Dec 21, 2012 8:20 pm

The pleasant Hoof.
Out and away, under a sky full of stars, and mild dry walking conditions, soon into my stride, The Jordan was back in it's banks, but the sandbags must stay awhile yet, more rain anticipated, fingers crossed for the riverside homes and families. A few souls out early this morning, a chap who was probably twenty years younger than I was "jogging" well I was walking faster than that, as I overtook him he looked miffed! But all power to him at least he was out there , having a go. Along a piece was a rather nice lady. Walking the dog, she bid me good morning, with a pleasant smile, and I admit to affecting my deepest most sonorous voice to return the compliment, pushing on, a fox bounded across the road, perhaps only thirty yards ahead, straight from one driveway into another and gone. That`s about as eventful as it get's here, although I have been invited to the pub this evening, I said I might go, but I know how these things pan out. After a few pleasantries, the questions will be fired in , they want to hear stuff about Johnny Rotten, Sid Vicious and if I`m lucky Son House and Lowell Folsom, If I feel chippy, I may attend, perhaps! Well breakfast beckons, this hoof is for Sara, her birthday, just two days ago, all of you have a great day. :cake

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Postby Ron » Sat Dec 29, 2012 1:31 pm

Walked out in dry weather, came back in constant drizzle, the river level is down and that is good news, but for how long? Love that massive Duck, still bright and twinkle , twinkle, not a single soul around this early morn. Back to my past present and perhaps future, coming from a sporting family, it was given that I would participate, and the gentle , patient instruction I had from my Mum`s side... of the family, in soccer and cricket, contrasted with my pa`s dad, the naval officer! I was recruited into his sea cadet`s, and was it rough!! To be issued with over large boxing Gloves at age seven and pushed into a makeshift ring, well it was`nt my idea of a wonderful tuesday evening, I tried my best and got through the ordeal, somehow, but it was back next week for more of the same, I knew that if I told my parents, they would pull me out of the cadets, and I wanted to be part of it, so I did the thing, and fought back hard, and became a sort of mascot, now that was dangerous, I kept getting pushed forward an evil cycle had started. Relate more on the morrow, tip my hat! :duke

What a mornin` Gales, with a bit of rain mixed in, I was joined on this jaunt by a fellow hoofer, and as the bins were emptied this holiday week on a Saturday, we had a chance to marvel at the alcohol imbibed by the good citizens of this Dorzett parish! Bottles galore, ok it is Christmas, only one soul about a lady sorting her rubbish in her nightdress out in her drive! Brave soul, the river levels are now about normal, and we noted it was running much clearer, a good sign! The Boxing? Well it went on for a few more years, but as a grammar school boy, proficient in many sports, and with an array of lovely young maids on my arm, I was a centre of resentment amongst this mad array of young thugs, they particularly hated that my Grandad was a teacher at Eton College, and that I participated in the sport of rowing, at Maidenhead Rowing Club, the two did not mix!! In truth rowing was just as tough as the boxing, but with much better team mates. But I digress, we stomped back to my place in good order, for coffee, Top o` the morning to you all! :thumbsup

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Postby Ron » Mon Jan 07, 2013 11:53 pm

The start of the waning Moon, very chilly indeed, strode out in a healthy brisk style. Right on the corner, of the valley Rd and Mission Hall Lane, I froze, not with the cold. Right there just about 10 feet away was a small deer, it clocked me and moved off without real haste into the shrubs at the side of the garden it was in. Not wishing to spook such a lovely gentle creature, I slowly continued on my way, and did not stare at the hiding place. Whilst these encounters are not rare, they are still heart stopping when they occur. The rest of this "hoof" will now seem commonplace, the Wessex Water van drove by, off to check his cocks, valves etc, the old lady was still loitering by the village pond, and Hardy's Mill still presided over it's lane, all was quiet, and it was back to the cottage for breakfast. Greetings and Salutations From Dorzett. :wave

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