I am so pleased that you enjoyed the rhyme and thanks for letting me know, as it always good to get feedback on that sort of thing. You may have noticed that most of my rhymes focus on the 'challenges' in life, and therefore they are not to everybody's liking. However, they are usually written with a particular 'sufferer' in mind (sometimes that's me!) - so they are often very much appreciated by that person. When they are read by a wider audience, I never know whether they are going to be well-received or not. However, it doesn't really matter, as the primary purpose had already been achieved in the past.
You were asking if I could tell you ‘a bit’ more about myself. This is a much more complex question than you perhaps realise, and I have tried to ponder upon what ‘bits’ might be of most interest to someone like you (or anyone else!). My deliberations have led me to think that what ‘I’ feel might be of interest, may be just a long list of boring facts about a life of someone who has always struggles with the challenges of people’s ‘misery’ ( including my own). If you are really interested, I had a go at writing my memoirs in 2018 and I would be happy to send you an electronic copy if you were to message me with your email address.
Regarding where I live, it is a small market-town called Hitchin, in the county of Hertfordshire. As with most towns in the UK it has a long and eventful history, which you could look-up via Google if you so wished. I also has an almost unique claim to fame, inasmuch as it sits on an Artesian well, which is reputed to be one of the biggest in Europe. A few years back, I mapped out the area in terms of its springs and documented this in rhyme -which I share with you below:
Also, you could get a visual and documented account of some of the walks in my blog: Purwellvalley.blogspot.com However, such are the vagaries of the web, I now do not have access to my own blog site- so, there is no point in trying to communicate via that route.
THE RING OF PURWELL SPRINGS.
(A unique circle and walk –
On sand and gravel, clay and chalk)
The ‘Purwell’ name emerges from
The valley and the springs thereon.
It flows right to the Eastern coast.
But of its start I wish to boast.
Transport me back ten thousand years
Before the hordes of man appeared.
And In my mind, I visualise.
This place before it’s vandalised.
There is a story here to tell.
About a huge artesian well.
Formed from glacial melt by chance.
One would not notice at first glance.
I’ve been and seen and so I’ve known.
Each spring has beauty of its own.
Just one of nature’s wondrous things.
This unique ring of Purwell springs.
Along the Roman Icknield Way.
The first spring’s from a soil of clay.
A source of drink as you can tell.
The place they came to call Cad-well.
It’s good to start my journey here.
With man’s buildings nowhere near.
A spring that still looks wild and free.
That brings its own tranquillity.
Norton Common and Norton Spring.
Are just outside the Purwell Ring.
They join the ‘Ivel’ way downstream.
Thus not within the Purwell theme.
Much further to the East beyond.
There is a spring at Willian pond.
One more in this vicinity.
Is on the way to Wymondley.
Willian Pond is so well known.
On all the maps it’s clearly shown.
The one close by’s another thing.
A small, elusive little spring.
Within the next wood on your right.
Spring’s in a lake just out of sight.
It sits in someone’s garden now.
But can be viewed if you know how.
I’m not so sure you really should.
But you can see it from the wood.
Or you can walk the other side.
Because from there it does not hide.
Midway between each Wymondley.
On land right near the Priory.
Stands at the start as I recall.
Here springs the furthest spring of all.
Wonderful setting, beautiful scene.
Such pity that it’s rarely seen.
Is it that people do not care.
They treat it like it’s just not there.
I don’t wish to tell you fibs.
About the pond down at St. Ibbs.
The way the land and water lays.
The stream it seems to flow ‘two’ ways.
If you look close, I’m sure you can.
Perceive the sluice in bridge cum dam.
So when the water overflows.
Towards the Hiz I think it flows.
Westerly springs are wider spread.
The next one’s found at the Wellhead.
This river flows through Hitchin Town.
To meet the main-stream further down.
Well worth the wander on this stretch.
Take camera, paints or pencil sketch.
At times the stream just disappears.
Keep going - ‘till it reappears.
Not to be missed it must be said.
Are two springs down on Oughton Head.
Bear to the right along the lane.
Where spring has sprung its aqua vein.
Whilst walking through this beauty spot.
Take time to think of what we’ve got.
Along this stream’s a worthwhile walk.
For water flows from wall and chalk.
’Snailswell’ seems a descriptive name.
A place from whence the waters came.
A few small springs can last be seen.
Around about in Lower Green.
North West Purwell are springs galore.
Round Holwell there are many more.
Small and charming, neat and posh.
Wending their way to Ouse and Wash.
This trip around the ring of springs.
Was meant to highlight many things.
The ancient history of this place.
Its charm and beauty to embrace.
The ring of springs can demonstrate.
How rain and water can filtrate.
Via different layers in the ground.
Until through force of springs is found.
PURWELL SPRINGS is an apt name,
to illustrate this claim to fame.
So, I suggest that from now on.
We use this name sine qua non.
B. Withers 2008