In this place; at this time: Beltane 2022

image: my husband at Callanaish on our honeymoon, February 2006. soundtrack: Lisa Knapp, ‘Till April Is Dead – A Garland Of May. It is the coming of the May, and Beltane is upon us.  I am feeling grateful today. In nearly 20 years of working with the seasons, Beltane is a festival I have alwaysContinue reading “In this place; at this time: Beltane 2022”

First Friday Walk – January 2022

“Exploring the world is one of the best ways of exploring the mind, and walking travels both terrains.”  Rebecca Solnit, from Wanderlust: A History of Walking. This was the seed thought given for consideration during Walking The Land’s monthly First Friday walk. I walked with my friend J rather than with the main group – thoughContinue reading “First Friday Walk – January 2022”

Janus, Edgelands and New Years Day 2022

Today felt like a day that needed to be marked somehow, so I took Fen and me off to Aust. It is such a conjunction of places, confluence and convergence, a perfect place to mark the end of the first day of a new year. For the Romans, this was a sacred day for Janus,Continue reading “Janus, Edgelands and New Years Day 2022”

Rame Head Peninsula – October 2021

Part One: Tregantle – Rame Head – Tregantle I am staying in Plymouth courtesy of my cousins, so I can re-visit the beautiful Rame Head peninsula that I started to explore last August. With only a day or two to spare, I have to decide where to spend my time. For my first day’s walkingContinue reading “Rame Head Peninsula – October 2021”

Laurie Lee –Florence Tuck, Loose Women and the Power of Projection

On a scorching Sunday I recently met with Lisa Fitzgibbon for the second of our walks exploring the characters and locations of Laurie Lee’s ‘Cider With Rosie’ as part of her ‘Down In The Valleys’ song cycle project. This time we were on the trail of Florence Tuck, or Miss Flynn, as Lee renames her,Continue reading “Laurie Lee –Florence Tuck, Loose Women and the Power of Projection”

In This Place; At This Time: Summer Solstice 2021

A Solstice in three parts. As ever, the Solstice felt like a transition period, not merely a day on the calendar, or a micro-measured blink-and-you’ll-miss-it astronomical fixed point. I can always identify the start of such transitions – all of a sudden it is ‘Solstice Time’ – but you never know when it’s going toContinue reading “In This Place; At This Time: Summer Solstice 2021”

The Shiftiness of Reality and Laurie Lee

10 June 2021 Today I went on a walk with a woman I’d never met to find a man I didn’t know who wrote a book I’d never read.  Radical Stroud walkers Stuart Butler, Andrew Budd and I were joined by singer/songwriter Lisa Fitzgibbon who is undertaking a two year Arts Council funded project DownContinue reading “The Shiftiness of Reality and Laurie Lee”

Terminalia 2021

What is Terminalia? Terminalia is the ancient Roman festival honouring Terminus, god of boundaries. In times past, he was represented by a simple stone marker. There are no myths or statues of Terminus, showing his great and possibly primal age – when we find gods like this, they tend to represent immutable natural law.  TheyContinue reading “Terminalia 2021”

In This Place; At This Time – Imbolc I 2021

The Walk Of The Three Longbarrows – the first in a series of three Imbolc walks taking place over 2-3 weeks. The monotony and restrictions of the current lockdown were starting to tell, and amplified unbearably my usual New Year impulse to break out, break away, do something.  I decided to set out on aContinue reading “In This Place; At This Time – Imbolc I 2021”

First Friday 1 January 2021: A Triangle Walk Incorporating A Yearwalk

This walk drew a triangle between Rodborough, the Randwick Transmitter and Standish burial mound, and was undertaken as part of Walking The Land’s First Friday walks. The intent today  – to walk, taking inspiration from one or more paragraphs given from Thomas A. Clark’s prose poem ‘In Praise Of Walking’. I chose 2 paragraphs, orContinue reading “First Friday 1 January 2021: A Triangle Walk Incorporating A Yearwalk”