Monthly Archives: October 2011

The sounds of raindrops on the window pane

The sounds of raindrops on the window pane come to me: random, brittle, persistent; the sounds of the oystercatcher, flying past in the rain, come to me, piping full of beauty and alarm; I love the shape of the sounds, … Continue reading

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In a garden in Amsterdam

Here in this garden in Amsterdam the grass has been grown in four strips, and single wildflowers emerge at intervals, splashes of colour amongst the green, a creative statement in any language. Here in this garden in Amsterdam two children … Continue reading

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Once you’re up…

In the Lakes, once you’ve made the effort of getting high, you might as well stay up there and enjoy it: take advantage of the views, the transcendent perspectives. They say ridge walking is the best kind of Lakes walking. … Continue reading

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Deep in Deepdale

My brown grey husk, my previous form, clings to the underside of the rock on the path. My new self has emerged from the shell of my old. I hang there, awkwardly, still holding on to the old me. My … Continue reading

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And three women sing

And three women sing in Threshthwaite Glen, standing on a hillock, near Pasture Beck, in a small circle, looking at each other, Raven Crag looming behind. The air vibrates with their soft voices, and the rocky sides of the valley … Continue reading

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How to enjoy an ancestor moment

  At an opportune moment, find a secluded spot in the woods. With a convenient stick, dig a neat hole in the soil. Rearrange your clothing appropriately and squat over the hole. Relax, and allow the food waste from the … Continue reading

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Not yet my scavenger friend

I came back from an early morning run through the fields, hot and tired and exhilarated with the work of it. I took off my running gear to cool down, and sat in the sun, and then in the breeze, … Continue reading

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Appearance

If you want to show up in each moment, if you want to shine, then come with all you have available. Remember to bring your ancestors with you: they gave you all you have, they live on through you, they … Continue reading

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