Beltane Fire

dinner fire

Just the second BBQ of the year but on a very special evening as Spring turns to Summer. Clearing away a shed load of the detritus from the old year.

Spring lamb Kebabs to die for … a glorious feast culturally appro­priated from the wide fertile crescent and cooked on an American BBQ in a Cornish field … whatever … it was nommy.

fire

With the stars above our heads, in a beautiful clear sky, and the earth beneath our feet, faces burning in the heat of the flames and the wind in our hair … and, very much, life bursting, bustling, snuffling all around us.

We even carefully, hurriedly, anxiously, carried the burning embers inside to rekindle our home fire … and it caught.

Moving on.

 

Down South

this way

Something to do with that dazzling white paint I suppose — seducing the software — the skies are always unbelievably deep and intense behind the lantern at the Trinity House light­house on Lizard Point.

column

It’s just a guess but I’d bet almost anything that this granite finger is called Gull Rock … OMG, looking at the map it has a name name: Bumble Rock. Not sure about that. There are bona fide black-backed gulls just sitting there, owning it. Bumble? Teetering. Hmmm … Maybe. I’ll go with Gull.

n on high

And this week’s high point, half way to the moon, was high above Housel Bay …

cliff

Weird, no? Waving, not falling.

blossom

But in the steep little valleys around the Lizard, Spring has defin­itely vorsprunged.

Stormy Sunday

spangles

So, whatcha do on a blustery Sunday … not looking for a soaking but something a little more soothing …

crown

A gentle wander around Treng­wainton, looking for the elixir of life (slight of hand: go somewhere where you’re the youngest person by two decades at least — works every time) — a beautiful crown of croziers in a forest of tree ferns.

camelia

Camellias at their best … dodging between the squally showers … much more my sort of tea time.

legs

And lovely low, warm light exposing the trees up to lovely no good.

fungus

And fungus offering up plates of … hmmm … rot and decay … nom nom nom.

en-forcers

And enforcers on parade … you will be white! White is best. Whatever.

magnolia

And, of course … this being Penwith … magnolias to die for …

another magnolia

No … pink is good too.

For rhubarb too.

Just getting up to speed again

helford tree

Just an image dump again, really … So busy I’ve no time to think at the moment.

house

Ach … home. Stephen King not withstanding … ho hum … one day.

rinsey ape

The bay guarded by the sentinel ape …

croc

The headland itself defended by a granite crocodile … I’m not sure this is any better than those fields of tiny narciss­istic cairns but it does have the advantage of charm …

engine houses

It’s only when you inter­n­alise, embody those angles that the work-a-day reality even starts to go in … fuck.

cape choughs

Zawn Buzz, Porth Ledden, Cape Cornwall and choughs just before sunset … I ask for no more …

Celebrating Unity in Kassel

Documenta-Oguibe-1

Lovely day in Kassel, at about 4:30 am, workers from a local construction company began dismantling Olu Oguibe’s “contro­versial obelisk made for Documenta 14, titled “Monument to Strangers and Refugees,” (“I was a stranger and you took me in”: Matthew 25:35) with two heavy cranes.

Oguibe-2

By 9:30 am, the obelisk was entirely gone, strapped to a flatbed truck and sent to a construction site on the outskirts of the city (where it now remains).

Oguibe

Hmmm …

Well, I suppose … we couldn’t burn it.

via hyper­allergic and again

Brace brace brace … and fight fight fight.

Searching for the calm eye

Florence

A momentary power cut in the salty sea fog and my computer just crashed. And my work has gone. All saved and secure but each file that was open is now empty. Angry, confused and desper­ately upset but there appears to be absolutely no solution but to redo it all.

In the meantime I though I’d post a few shiny links to things that caught my eye and ear last week.

Ideas

Daphne Haliki­opoulou on the far right, NOT populists

Graham Priest challenges “Classical“logic

Gill Main on “troubled families”

John Kaag on (sigh) Life


And Music

Joanna Brouk — The Space Between — 1981

Suzanne Ciani — Buchla Concerts — 1975

Pauline Oliveros, Stuart Dempster, Panaiotis ‎– Deep Listening — 1989

Echoes

hops

Now is the autumn of our discontent
Made glorious summer by this sun of the Anthro­pocene;
And all the clouds that lour’d upon our house
In the deep bosom of the ocean buried.

Just for one day …

insulator

Really do need to get over the whole triangles thang.

chives

Basked in the balmy after­shock of summer … can slide into mellow mists, content.