1634 – AUTUMN WALK TO WINDMILL HILL
OIL ON CANVAS BOARD by Valerie Nerva
16” x 20” (40 x 50 cms)
sold with off white floating frame
In Autumn 2016 we had a lovely season, full of colour and sunshine. I live on the border of three counties – Hampshire, Wiltshire and Dorset, each with their own characteristic countryside. This is just over the border into Wiltshire, where the ground becomes very chalky and the land is crisscrossed by ancient drove roads and trackways. One of our favourite walks is over Toyd Down and Martin Down, and Windmill Hill is a marker hill clearly seen for miles around. For me it is a place of mystery, of imagining the ancient people who lived and farmed this land. Neolithic Long Barrows lay off to the right of the hill, just out of view. People used the droves to take their animals to market, and to travel more safely, for hundreds, if not thousands of years.