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Being a Tree

‘I am a tree and I am quite lonely; I weep in the rain.  For the sake of Allah, listen to what I have to say: I don’t want to be a tree, I want to be its meaning.’  My … Continue reading

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Sing a Rainbow

Two students from ARU spoke about music therapy, its power in both learning and unlocking memories, at the St Matthew’s ‘Slice of Life’ yesterday.  I find often that songs can pin down events in my past where the date eludes … Continue reading

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Patchwork Field

On Wednesday a four mile round-trip walk from The Crown, Little Walden.  At Sadlers Farm we crossed a field a curious patchwork of green and gold – strong dark green wheat and a stunted indeterminate golden cereal.  Green and gold … Continue reading

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Naming

‘We rarely love what we cannot name’, said Robert Macfarlane at the Cambridge Literature Festival in April 2018.  He was speaking with Jackie Morris about their book The Lost Words.  He may be right, but there is a somewhat Linnaean … Continue reading

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Fecund Willows

Quy Fen is endowed with lovely willows, soft billowy trees whose flickering grey-green leaves bring a touch of olive-like Mediterranean light to the dour Fens.  Studies have shown that in England willows are home to 266 insect species, second only … Continue reading

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John Turner Photographs

DavidR and TimE both sent me a link to the BBC news item, ‘A suitcase full of photographic wonder’ – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-43782267.  This features the work of John Turner (d. 1987) and reports on the discovery of a suitcase of street … Continue reading

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Fenscape 32 – Quy Fen

Monday 28th May, with J to Quy Fen, walking past fields of silky barley, shimmering seas running to distant blue-grey hedges.  The farmer will think this landscape of fecundity, of a reliable and consistent crop, beautiful.  We too think it … Continue reading

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Photo Chat

Coffee and lunch with Roy Hammans and David Runnacles yesterday.  Lively discussions around all things photographic, from vintage cameras to the merits of the Fuji X series, the quirks of WordPress to Roy’s index to Creative Camera, and Don McCullin … Continue reading

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Stile, Rampton Woods

I’m not sure if this arrangement on a footpath at Rampton Woods qualifies as a stile – a brief internet search brings up nothing similar.  It appears at first glance to be an ordinary three-bar fence, but the bars pivot … Continue reading

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Oak and Parsley

The oak is called ‘the King of the forest’; the Celts honoured it for its endurance and noble presence and considered it a ‘cosmic storehouse of wisdom’.  ‘Heart of Oak’ is the official march of the Royal Navy; May 29th … Continue reading

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In Bloom

May has brought a spectacular blooming to the woods, orchards and hedgerows.  Apple trees have been dense pink Pavlova confections; and horse chestnuts seem to be decked with the votive candles of a whole year’s religious observances.  Above all the … Continue reading

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North Norfolk channelling Melanie Max

“I want to create in my paintings a similar experience to an unfamiliar landscape being looked at for the first time, an uncertainty of what lies ahead, the puzzle that we undertake in trying to identify what belongs to the … Continue reading

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Fenscape 31- Contrails

Clouds above Wicken Fen mimic the flatness of the landscape where the world appears four fifths sky.   The remains of contrails, their artificiality as clouds also mirrors the artificiality of the landscape, whether the vast arable fields or Wicken’s fragile … Continue reading

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Pebble Homage, Aldeburgh

Aldeburgh Beach Lookout set up Pebble Homage as a participative art installation to coincide with Antony Gormley’s sculpture on top of the Martello Tower.  Visitors were invited to choose a pebble from the beach, think about life, and write a … Continue reading

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Pubs and Children

My sister and I were lucky as children: when we were on holiday and Mum and Dad fancied a drink we were not parked outside the pub alone with a packet of crisps and a bottle of pop, they sat … Continue reading

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