John Hancock

The Secretive Hunter

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Rhubarb and Black Pudding

Rhubarb and Black Pudding

By Paul Heathcote and Matthew Fort

Published 1998

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The woods are quiet with sunlight. It filters down through the turning leaves, giving the yellows and ambers and browns and reds and oranges of the beech, oak, larch and ash leaves the brilliance of an illustrated missal.
Where the ground is not disguised by coils of bramble and the dying stalks of nettles and foxgloves, it is covered in leaves, layer upon layer of them, like strata of tortoiseshell. The surface veneer is already beginning to moulder, to take on the deep brown of the leaves’ decayed predecessors.