Do you like the new pic? Can you see the Tower? Yes, that really is Isengard – the photo was taken from the back of a horse on a mounted Lord of the Rings tour. We ambled through Boromir’s scenic woodland and then arrived at a spectacular viewpoint overlooking the valley of Saruman’s White Tower. I was told that the horse in question had actually failed the audition for the movie – the test? All the horses and riders were lined up and then expected to walk to the first marker, trot to the next, canter to the next,  full gallop and then  – STOP. Guess what? Mine was the one that didn’t know how to stop…..

But I nevertheless captured a suitable backdrop for the poem below:

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