Farthingale Publications

... Is a hobby website containing articles of local interest to Lancastrians, some favourite walking and cycling routes, selected words and poetry, and some writings of more general nature as well as the authors picture gallery, it can be accessed via the menu at the head of the page.

Words & Poems

This is a small selection of the poems on the site, others are accessible via the link at the head of the page.

Wallgate Chronicles

..... is a series of articles available via the menu at the head of the page. The links below are a sample:-

The Darkling Thrush

A poem by Thomas Hardy 1840 ~ 1928

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I leant upon a coppice gate
When Frost was spectre-gray,
And Winter's dregs made desolate
The weakening eye of day.
The tangled bine-stems scored the sky
Like strings of broken lyres,
And all mankind that haunted nigh
Had sought their household fires.

The land's sharp features seemed to be
The Century's corpse outleant,
His crypt the cloudy canopy,
The wind his death-lament.
The ancient pulse of germ and birth.
Was shrunken hard and dry,
And every spirit upon earth
Seemed fervourless as I.

At once a voice arose among
The bleak twigs overhead
In a full-hearted evensong
Of joy illimited;
An aged thrush, frail, gaunt, and small,
In blast-beruffled plume,
Had chosen thus to fling his soul
Upon the growing gloom.

So little cause for carolings
Of such ecstatic sound
Was written on terrestrial things
Afar or nigh around,
That I could think there trembled through
His happy good-night air
Some blessed Hope, wherof he knew
And I was unaware.

Local Interest

The articles listed under the links below are just a small selection of the items of Local Interest documented in this section of Farthingale Publications. Other material is accessible via the appropriate link at the head of the page.

Walking & Cycling

More local walking and cycling routes are documented in the Walking and Cycling section of Farthingale Publications accessible via the link at the head of the page. Those available via the links below are just a small selection of favourites.

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