As he gazed from a hill in Shropshire, A.E Housman once wrote:
‘Into my heart an air that kills
From yon far country blows:
What are those blue remembered hills,
What spires, what farms are those?
That is the land of lost content,
I see it shining plain,
The happy highways where I went
And cannot come again.’
The collection of poems, entitled ‘A Shropshire Lad’ captures Housman’s admiration for the untouched, and, in his eyes, unspoiled landscapes of the English midlands. A place where the sky reflects the endless rolling hills causing the horizon to bleed a shimmering blue. A place where village church spires, fields ‘a’ fallow, and towering trees make up the only breaks across the landscape. This design is a celebration of that sight, and that feeling. Being surrounded by luscious green countryside as far as the eye can see is a quintessentially British phenomenon and one that Housman evoked in these lines.
With this tea towel you can now bring a glimpse of British countryside into your home as well.
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The picture reminds me of one of those old railway posters. It arrived quickly, and is really good quality. I'm going to buy a few more as presents.
bought for a christmas present, so not given yet! A reminder that the recipient lives in a lovely county even if holidays haven't been elsewhere this year