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As a tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on her Diamond Jubilee, the people of Shaftesbury and the surrounding areas have planted thousands of snowdrops in public areas around the town to create a series of scenic, public Snowdrop walks.

Sept-Planting-2014

ODD ENCOUNTER IN SHAFTESBURY

by Timmy Crump 1921 - 2012

I seldom speak to strangers in the street
but walking through the churchyard into town
(a short-cut, green and peaceful, lined with limes)
saw oldish man, standing patiently
with lead in hand, the other end a dog,
black and looking older than the man.

What intrigued me most was that the dog
was smelling snowdrops, (winter on the wane).
I said: "I thought that snowdrops didn't smell."

The man replied, quite seriously: "Well,
the dog's stone deaf you see." I had to say:
'Of course, that would explain it," and went my way.

Timmy regularly enjoyed the walk along Bimport
and through the Trinity churchyard to the town
centre.

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