All posts tagged: Nature

cross-cultural conversations

relationships

white EU migrant woman & black Caribbean British Canadian man ‘What is I beheld?’ ‘Past tense from I behold.’ ‘But what’s that in non-Shakespearean-English?’ ‘It’s real English. It’s like (pauses) I behold that tree’ (gestures with his arm somewhere outside) ‘Like I see that tree?’ ‘Like Fuck! Check this tree out!’ Behold that man. Advertisements

pilgrimage

Travelling / writing about blogging and blogging about writing

Not migration this time… In April I’ve travelled to a Creative Writing Retreat where we were invited to write a 100-word journal every morning. I’ve now followed the urge to re-read mine and found myself threading together bits of stories like those stones I found on a beach one day. Nowhere near as orderly… Two days of travel from London to the Isle of Iona: 3 trains, 2 ferries, 1 bus. Then 2 feet underneath the weight […]

vision

Home / Nature

  vision no wonder it looks exotic to me still in it’s full spring garb: it’s a migrant from southeastern United States also a little ancient miracle as it appeared before the bees and made it – thanks to a curious beetle – into our times and my garden where this year another miracle transpired when El Niño teased her flowers out in mid January then the belated winter kept them intact for over two […]

pic of the week

Weekly photo blog

life boats i heard in the news on friday night that cornwall received two weeks of rain in just one day. i saw images of porthleven being crushed under gigantic untameable looking waves. i heard the rain thundering down on our skylight like a mountain waterfall after the snowmelt. a reminder that nature is queen and our lives tiny. we owe her. and we’ve developed complicated ways to help us forgetting that. this old poster […]

pic of the week

Weekly photo blog

the drama the weather was beautifully dramatic this week and i love how my fish eye pictures below look like everything is in turmoil, swaying, tossing, moving – except for the quixotic tower blocks. i’ve had lots of heavy conversations about oppression, sexual violence, faith and aliens with people that try to live a true life with all the turmoils that might bring. i came across this quote from arundhati roy which sums it up […]

pic of the week

Weekly photo blog

left behind I went to for a walk in Epping Forest today to welcome spring, and all of a sudden in the middle of nature, blue sky and bird song I happened on a completely burnt out car – or whatever remained of it. I was really drawn to it like a nail to a magnet, and found it at the same time totally haunting, horrible and beautiful. Part of my imagination immediately went wild […]

pic of the week

Weekly photo blog

clarity yes, this is another picture from leigh-on-sea. and yes, i did end up there again only a week after my last trip. however, this time as part of our deep:black team visioning day. a day spent on the snowy marshes, in the shelter of the ruins of Hadleigh Castle and in a snug pub where we quickly covered our table with post-it-notes, felt pens, stickers and silver stars (left over from Christmas). while we […]

pic of the week

Weekly photo blog

freya For about 2 weeks I had this craving for the sea, to the point that I even dreamt of jogging on the beach the other night. So last weekend I decided to venture out – given that I also had craving for a sleep-in I went for the quick option, the Thames Estuary, and ended up in Leigh-on-Sea. I had been there before so knew what to expect and enjoyed the surreal mix of […]

pic of the week

Weekly photo blog

fragile this week a lot of things went wrong. the heating in the office broke down for a few days. the heating at home was down for a few days. i injured my back. then my RSI attacked me. all of this while the outside temperature dropped further and further – and continues to drop. it didn’t help that i attended a CND meeting on thursday about the aftermath of fukushima, and the questionable dependency […]

pic of the week

Weekly photo blog

Epic It’s actually “Epping” and not “Epic” but I’ve always found Epping Forest to be very epic; also enchanted, mystical, ancient and very wise. On Monday I stole a few hours inspired by Thiago De Mello: in art. 2 in manifesto he decrees “that every weekday, even the Tuesday, the most ash-coloured one, has the right to be transformed into a Sunday morning…” And so I went for a march in Epping Forest which was […]

pic of the week

Weekly photo blog

Freedom I’ve taken lots of pictures this week thanks to a colourful autumnal country walk in Buckinghamshire, contrasted with 3 rainy low-lit evenings on the steps of St. Paul’s at the OLSX camp. I’m not quite sure why I’m choosing this photo of the feather to sum up my week, it’s almost too other-worldly to fit. But maybe that works given that OLSX is all about making another world possible. Also it’s about freedom and […]