Slow and steady

Moving slowly through the UK countryside



The Daily Prompt for today says:

Photographers, artists, poets: show us BEGINNING.

I woke early yesterday, and could see pink clouds outside, so I put my dressing gown on and went out to photograph the dawn over Edge Hill, as the sun was beginning to rise.

It is the site of the first battle at the beginning of the English Civil War in 1642, and the ghosts of the dead soldiers are supposed to be heard every year on 23rd October.  We keep the curtains drawn all night, just in case.

Sunrise over Edge Hill

Sunrise over Edge Hill

Edited to add picture of spooky Roundheads getting ready for battle a week ago.  Yes, they are waiting for cars and vans to go past…



Author: Hedwigia

Gardener, wildlife geek, and very slow runner.

12 thoughts on “Beginnings

  1. I can hear those soldiers and yet, can see a jet streak across your morning sky. You`re steeped in history and beauty there.

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  4. Your sunrise picture is beautiful ….the ‘ spooky Roundheads’ one made me smile !
    I used to live on the edge of Marston Moor in North Yorkshire. There were many tales ( apocryphal or not?) of soldiers seen …or just heard. Must admit ,it was always a very eerie spot,especially just by the simple monument to Cromwell…..and that was in broad daylight.Would not have wanted to be there any other time 🙂

    • Thank you. I have the sunrise picture as my desktop background now – it’s very soothing! I can imagine that owls we often hear might sound like screaming men – though I think you’re supposed to be able to hear the drummers too. One year my husband took a group of our children’s friends for an evening walk along the road towards Edge Hill – it’s called Red Road, supposedly because of all the blood. A memorable walk! No ghosts seen though.

  5. Beautiful photo. Love the ‘ghostly’ Roundheads 🙂 We visited Edge Hill a few years ago, love the history and the beautiful countryside there. We used to go on holiday on the Norfolk Broads every year and there are ghostly sightings of Roman armies seen in Horning one night in August every year apparantley…all very spooky!

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