Flat vs bumpy

Road to Walcot

A friend says she likes my blog but so much open space and sky (in the photos) makes her feel dizzy. She comes from West Yorkshire, an up and down sort of place.

A woman at my pottery class speaks of growing up near Skegness, in a place so flat and open you could see people coming from miles away. She says hills make her feel trapped and closed in.

The grandeur, the silence, of hills and mountains inspire me with awe; as in a forest or cathedral, I have that sense of the whirling, busy world stopping for a moment on its axis.

But here, in these flatlands, there is another kind of awe, a sense of huge freedom and fresh wind blowing away the cobwebs of the mind. I love the way the sky is always a big part of the picture (as in this photo taken on the road between Newton and Walcot). And against this emptiness, under the great bowl of sky, people, animals, birds busy themselves with all the tiny, important details of daily life.

What is it that connects us to a particular landscape? Is it early home or later love? Whatever place does it for you, whether flat or bumpy, one thing I’m sure of: a little bit of what you fancy does you good.

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3 thoughts on “Flat vs bumpy

  1. We saw “Ours was the Fen Country” and wished you were there. Then I read your latest and knew you should have been.

    The writer, Dan Canham, (Artistic Director of Still House) talked with fen people where he was brought up and created this piece using their words, plus dance and music.

    There was a bit where the word “flat” was repeated over and over by the different voices of the people he recorded. And a bit when someone talks about how they hate mountains, feel really uncomfortable near them and can’t wait to get home.

    Audience were lovely, several saying that this sort of thing was new to them , especially the dance.

    Its only 55 mins, but worth seeing if you can. Produced by MAYK
    http://www.mayk.org.uk. We saw it at the Wolsey studio in Ipswich.

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