We follow the path, almost a straight-line to the little hill where the mausoleum stands, white on virgin green and blue sky.
There is a stile, then a sharp bend, and from that corner we admire the Downs, a vista of peace and tranquillity: the world is still asleep.
This is late summer, soon the rains will come, and a different landscape will unfold: grey clouds, heavy with storms, strong winds, and the escape of the migrating birds toward warmer climes.
We are much younger than the trees, and as we open our frugal meal, the steaming thermos of coffee, we wonder: are they protecting us, or us them?
Image: Darnley Mausoleum, in Cobham Woods, Kent © 2015 Honoré Dupuis