Combining the pleasures of a long bike ride with the discovery of unfamiliar corners of this little island of ours, makes for a perfect day. My 85 mile route took me SE of Yarnfield, through Cannock Chase, where I chanced upon the only German military war cemetry in the country
has escaped my attention for years, but what a bonus today! The Chapter House not only displayed a stunningly scripted copy of an 8th century bible written on vellum, but also displayed information on the recently discovered Staffordshire hoard, including 3500 pieces of militaria from Saxon times.
They are still puzzling over the many possible explanations of why so much was found in one place.
Then an Arboretum designed to remind us of the sacrifices made by our soldiers in the conflicts since WW2 (and the numbers killed are frankly jaw-dropping), but even more alarming are the spaces left vacant for deaths in the future……and it seems they are expecting the killing to continue unabated.
There is a worrying acceptance here that international conflict is not only to be expected, but is a natural phenomenon that is inherent in the human situation.