Grazing steep rocky hillsides, the coat of Herdwick sheep is
threaded with metallic silver and slate grey,
overhead billowing rain laden clouds momentarily separate
allowing through a shaft of sun’s golden rays,
in Rannerdale’s valley, the delicate fragrance and rich
indigo colour of flowering woodland bluebells,
the plaintive chorus of mothers and young lambs carried
by transient light wind from a distant fell.
A solitary rock pillar supports a quarry’s domed cathedral
ceiling created by mined copper rich stone,
surrounded by drystone walls, native ponies have grazed
the hills for centuries, the low fells their home,
displayed in a baker’s window Grasmere Gingerbread squares,
sweet, spicy and inviting in golden brown,
on a hushed tranquil morn the outline of stark jagged rock
summits hazy, adorned with a white misty crown.
The tumultuous roar of tumbling crystal clear spring water
pounding rocks from the Scale Force waterfall,
in autumn, the reverberating echo around silent sweeping
fells as a territorial red deer stag calls,
on a preserved railway line, a ruby red and black locomotive
emerges from the brick arch of a shadowed bridge,
on a calm spring day with blue skies and radiant sunshine,
distant vistas are visible from Low Fell’s ridge.
The peak of Blencathra is clearly seen from Maiden Moor
after a generous dusting of pristine snow,
a rocky outcrop adorned with a luxurious carpet of heathers’
pink flowers overlooks white cottages far below,
with ever-changing weather, wildlife, fauna and soaring
mountainous vistas, all that you loved so dear,
when I think of or see the Lake District, so full of natural beauty,
this brings you ever closer, brings you ever near.
Beloved Father James Farthing 1929 – 2017
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