Land is prone to tilting; time and distance turn illusory; perspectives shift, or wilt. A man named Wood of Rackenford is charged as father of Mary Turner's child. The cowboy draws his six-shooter as he frantically tries to keep his terrified horse under control. All poems Copyright Giles Watson, Out for a walk.
A Barnstaple subscriber to the new telephone system refuses to pay his bill on the grounds that he cannot yet phone Ilfracombe.
The heat-haze wafts and sways. The site was given to the congregation by Thomas Geen. Derek Wright of Bideford is charged with trying to murder his ex-wife and her new husband. A wild goat is rescued at Castle Rock, Lynton after being stranded on a ledge for a month. Thomas Hamlyn of Bideford who works in the town's anthracite mine dies of tetanus aged Tourists are more ephemeral, clouding like midges, dallying at the Cove, humming around the Barber Stone, fleeing for pubs and buses - but it's the thistle I've come for, with its chalk-riddled roots, stem fibrous as a hempen rope, and that serried armoury of spines.