Herald - Issue 361

v THE NEXT HERALD IS OUT ON 4TH OCTOBER v 13th September 2018 • The HERALD • Page 69 PART TIME SCHOOL RUN DRIVERS REQUIRED School run drivers required to work for a friendly family run business located in the Totton area. Drivers must be flexible & reliable with a clean driving licence. A New Forest Private Hire licence would be an advantage. A Car and fuelcard will be supplied to the successful applicant This position would ideally suit a retired/semi retired person. Hours will be between 15-20 hours per week with good rates of pay. Please contact Paul or Ross on 023 8086 2040 between 9.30am-4.30pm or email drivers@tccsouthampton.co.uk Poets Corner HERALD RECRUITMENT MY BELOVED HAMPSHIRE by Mrs Teresa Scott, Hythe Walk the forest & watch the curlew on the moor of broom & gorse, & wandering the green, the horse, this is my beloved Hampshire. Where the buttercup grows & the daisy’s blow, where primroses bloom, & they make room, for violets who inspire, where wood anemones bob their heads as under the tree’s they sigh. The foxgloves reach for the sky and the fir cones lay by, beneath the tall proud pine tree’s. The smell of the pine outshines’s the lime & oak, the good folk of Hampshire glean the mushrooms popping up to meet the day, the sun creeps up & lights the way for the pink & purple heather to say, this is my beloved Hampshire. Tis a strange phenomenon I wish to convey, As I look at my family, my friends and say, Why is it you age and leave me behind? I don’t wish to be harsh or even unkind! But, as in my teens, I still feel the same Age has not touched my inner flame! Who is that young man, so full of charm? Could it be the babe I once held in my arm? The toddler, the lad I nurtured while growing? Have years flown by without my knowing? But, as in my teens, I still feel the same Age has not touched my inner flame! Where is the man who was so debonair? Is that him there with receding hair? Eyes growing dim; gaps where teeth should be! Help! I’m married to an OAP! But, as in my teens, I still feel the same Age has not touched my inner flame! I look in the mirror at the start of the day That’s not me I see getting old and grey. The image familiar, but too cloudy to see As the face of my mother stares back at me. But, as in my teens I still feel the same Age has not touched my inner flame! Where is the pup with his inquisitive nose? Eager for walks, not wanting to doze. Chasing the squirrels, the cats and rabbits. Now keeps his head down, ignoring those habits! Perhaps like me, inside he’s the same Age has not touched his inner flame! And you my friend, what is your view? Do you see me as I see you? Forgetful; asking “what made me come here?” Faculties failing, often acting right queer! Are you in your teens, still feeling the same? Age has not touched your inner flame! With ships along the waterfront And woodlands on the shore With restaurants and café’s Who could ever wish for more? Our corner of this country Boasts rivers forest, sea And with a short ride on the water Were on an Isle of harmony Where the Forest meets the Waterside It’s England at her best Industrious and busy Yet we have solitude and rest Communities living side by side Respectful and without divide Full of easy-going people With easy-going ways Catch a ferry to the city Perhaps onward on a plane A quick trip to the Island Or maybe northwards on a train Quite close by a motorway That leads to all the land And closer for a daytrip Lie Dorset’s miles of golden sand There are places on our doorstep All short drives away We have history and beaches Plus hidden places deer will play We have walks through ornamental trees For picnic’s in a summer breeze Or we may fish the sea with rod or line For a supper quite sublime Both the Forest and the Waterside Are heart and soul to me What we have is who we are And it’s where we want to be With ships along the waterfront And woodlands on the shore And with restaurants and café’s Who could ever wish for more? AGE By Dorothy Lockyer Forest and Waterside By David K Wilson

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