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Get out into the countryside

November 9, 2013

“Let us be always out of doors among trees and grass, and rain and wind and sun.  There the breeze comes and strikes the cheek and sets it aglow:  the gale increases and the trees creak and roar, but it is only a ruder music.  A calm follows, the sun shines in the sky, and it is the time to sit under an oak, leaning against the bark, while the birds sing and the air is soft and sweet. 

By night the stars shine, and there is no fathoming the dark spaces between those brilliant points, nor the thoughts that come as it were between the fixed stars and landmarks of the mind.

Or it is the morning on the hills, when hope is as wide as the world; or it is the evening on the shore. 

Derwent Water 003 A red sun sinks, and the foam-tipped waves are crested with crimson; the booming surge breaks, and the spray flies afar, sprinkling the face watching under the pale cliffs. 

Let us get out of these indoor narrow modern days, whose twelve hours somehow have become shortened, into the sunlight and the pure wind.  A something that the ancients called divine can be found and felt there still.”

Richard Jefferies

But how few of us manage?

Harder to do for the many wage slaves working today in Britain.

So if you can this weekend, stuff the work ethic and get out there!

More about Richard Jefferies on the Richard Jefferies Society website at

3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 9, 2013 9:05 am

    It’s mainly the weather hampering me – I do get lots of exercise going around the hills but I see nowt unfortunately once I get up there! 😦 But at least I work shifts so get plenty of time to get out there, unlike the poor 9-5ers…

  2. November 9, 2013 11:40 am

    Wonderful quotation and very inspiring.

  3. Tom Wareham permalink
    November 11, 2013 9:39 am

    I find this side of Jefferies fascinating – those moments when he starts to touch upon the effect that nature and the landscape has on the ‘landmarks of the mind’. It is probably significant that both he and later writers, (though I shouldn’t forget Wordsworth) have noted that this connection can only be achieved when wandering in solitude. Those moments when nothing stands in the way of our connectivity, when the elements and the occupants ( or ‘Wildlings’ as Williamson called them) make their presence known, and we become a part of it all. Something, of course, which our modern lifestyles try to prevent.

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