Putting in an appearance

By midnightflit

July 13, 2010

Category: Uncategorized



Hello to anyone still checking out this page and sorry for my low profile.

I’ve been spending as much time as possible outdoors, enjoying the best of our best summer in at least a decade. Plus I’ve had the pleasure of visitors from overseas and I’ve been away with friends, learning how to sail a motor cruiser on the Norfolk Broads.

It was a wonderful trip, where I saw an otter at very close quarters, and lots of fantastic birds. including avocets, which was a lifetime first, as well as egrets and spoonbills.

Other than that I’m afraid I haven’t much else to say for myself.  There is such a clamour in the world at present, and I’m not sure me adding my tuppance worth is all that helpful,  so I think it’s probably just as well that I’m becoming a bit of a cyber ascetic!

But there is one piece of good news, qarrtsiluni’s wonderful economy edition, co-edit by Pam Hart and me, has now been published in hard copy. So if you are interested in the issue, or indeed if you contributed to it, you can get preview and/or order it here.

The wonderful photo in this post is book’s cover.

And despite the fact that I’ve been rather unproductive in the recent past another collaborative project, with fellow Calder Wood Press poet Anne Connolly,  is the fourth edition of Salt Publishing’s Horizon –  please see here .

I’m sure I’ll be back, when the days shorten and there is less to attract me outdoors. But right now I’m off to watch the explosion of butterflies that showed up in the garden this morning  – they are feeding on the flat, bright-yellow heads of some giant inulas.


8 Responses to “Putting in an appearance”

  1. Clamour indeed! Good to read your update though.

  2. nice to find an update here!

  3. You’ve got the right idea. I’ve been spending way too much time indoors lately and am itching to get out. But work is piled high and I don’t even have a window in my office. So enjoy the outdoors and I’ll drink an ale for you (gluten free of course)!

  4. Good to hear from you all. I do feel a bit guilty not to be keeping up with you.
    But the summers seem so short to me these days that I feel I need to grab every minute of them. Today I planted out penstemon cuttings and it was good to feel the warmth of the soil and to see what great roots they had put on.

    I’m dreaming of a new rose arch, as the wind has finally snapped my old one. And of one day putting a shepherd’s hut, http://www.shepherd-hut.co.uk/index.htm, in the top end of my garden. After reading the Roger Deakin book Wildwood I really have a yen for sleeping out in a cabin.

  5. So glad you are having fun. Love the green.

  6. We are having unforseen health problems so my normal routine is going for a Burton. If I’m not around – that’s why.

  7. Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year and Hogmanay!!

  8. i think your gap year has come to an end and you are now too too busy!

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