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”

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”

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”

In This Place; At This Time – Winter Solstice 2020

A very happy Solstice to all! I have a particular affinity for the equinoxes and Solstices, and none more so than the beloved winter. I had planned to walk with friends, at the start of what feels like an interesting, ongoing exploration of trig points – but due to some self-isolating in the family itContinue reading “In This Place; At This Time – Winter Solstice 2020”

Star Magick, Slavery and the Bathurst Estate

It was my birthday last week, and I am proud to announce I have now completed 48 full rotations of the sun. I love birthdays for many reasons, but one is that they make effortless cosmonauts of us all. Having taken time off work, we went for a long walk starting near Sapperton, circling throughContinue reading “Star Magick, Slavery and the Bathurst Estate”