Dartmoor

I spent a few days on Dartmoor, camping in a small oak wood up the valley of the River Erme. Piles Copse is an ancient woodland, once part of a farmstead. It’s a beautiful and peaceful place, ascending from the river up into dark, impenetrable, boulder-strewn woodland, filled with oaks so old they have beards.Continue reading “Dartmoor”

Acts of Tea and the IPCC

Yesterday’s publication of the IPCC’s report on climate change has left me feeling quite despondent.  I expected to feel better – after all, it should feel good to be proved right. But, perhaps, deep down, it would have been nicer to have been proved wrong. It would have been good to have been told thatContinue reading “Acts of Tea and the IPCC”

Listen!

Today is World Listening Day.   Sponsored by the World Listening Project and celebrating the birthday (80 today) of Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer, one of the day’s purposes is “to celebrate the practice of listening as it relates to the world around us, environmental awareness, and acoustic ecology” (from http://www.worldlisteningproject.org).  Schafer is one ofContinue reading “Listen!”

Tourists or Pilgrims?

I watched a Ted talk by Satish Kumar, in which he contrasted tourists and pilgrims.  He said that tourists always complain, but pilgrims always celebrate.  As a race we’ve lived like tourists on the earth, but Kumar’s challenge is to become pilgrims.  Having recently been a tourist in every sense of the word, I likeContinue reading “Tourists or Pilgrims?”