In The Vale, If You Look Over A Gate You Only See That Field And
Nothing Beyond; The View Is Bounded By The Opposite Hedge.
Here there is
always a deep coombe, or the top of a wood underneath, or a rising slope,
or a distant ridge crowned with red-tiled farmstead, red-coned
oast-house, and tall spruce firs.
Or far away, miles and miles, the
fields of the weald pushed close together by distance till in a surface
no larger than the floor of a room there are six or seven farms and a
village. Clouds drift over; it is a wonderful observatory for cloud
studies; they seem so close, the light is so strong, and there is nothing
to check the sight as far as its powers will reach. Clouds come up no
wider than a pasture-field, but in length stretching out to the very
horizon, dividing the blue sky into two halves; but then every day has
its different clouds - the fleets of heaven that are always sailing on and
know no haven.
Of five houses, a stable, and chapel wall, much frequented by martins,
the aspects were as follows: - House No. 1, nests on the north side, south
side, and east, both the south and east very warm; No. 2, on the south
and east walls - these walls met in an angle, and as it were enclosed the
sunbeams, making it very heated sometimes; No. 3, on the south and west
walls, the warmest sides of the building; No.
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