New Years Day

Bright, with a keen wind and showers.

The Welland runs high after rain and snow,
irs valley a lake of sodden fields.
In Belton birch branch reindeer
are dotted around the village.
Some trailing tinsel after the party.
Loddington has a pair of mini-deer –
decorations look daylight-tired
We stop at Burrough Hill
to walk along the farm track
where tractors and beasts have churned
the mud to shallow soup.
The fort is grassy
exposed to the chill wind
the sun moves towards sunset
as a heavy shower mists out the distant hills.
The sunset disappoints today,
but in the east the full moon rises
above fir trees
like a scene from the brothers Grimm …
Returning home in dusklight
we brake for rabbits, then a hare
an owl glides by.
We recross the Welland flood plain
and head home.
01 January 2018
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