They walked toward it through an all abandoned land … In the ungrazed pastures swaths of dead stuff caught their feet, and the ground beneath glistened with sweat. At the bottom of the valley a little brook had undermined its footbridge, and frothed in the wreckage. But there stood great woods on the slopes beyondâ€”old, tall, and brilliant, like unfaded tapestries against the walls of a ruined house.
This is from “An Habitation Enforced” in “Actions and Reactions”. An American couple, wandering through Europe as a rest cure, have come to deepest Sussex. Later thay buy a big old housem restore it, and settle down there.