The hills are alive…

17 01 2012

Monday 16th January

Thought for the Day:

‘My idea is that there is music in the air, music all around us, the world is full of it and you simply take as much as you require.’

Edward Elgar (1857-1934)


Today was perfect for a leisurely drive along ‘the Malverns’ followed by a brisk ascent, on foot, of Black Hill. It was here that William Langland’s medieval vision of ‘Piers Ploughman’ was born and Edward Elgar, much later, drew musical inspiration from a natural landscape with spirituality seeping from its ancient rocks.

The milky, wintry sun, low in the cloudless blue sky, cast gaunt shadows of skeleton trees across a  dappled hillside, playing brilliantly upon patches of persistent frost. And the crisp air of Elgar’s blessed hills was alive with intoxicating variations of light and sound. 






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