ONE MAN WENT TO STROLL

Christo­pher Somerville records his walk around the UK in The Jan­uary Man

The Simple Things - - JANUARY THINGS -

In­spired by David Goul­der’s folk song which cel­e­brates the slow turn­ing of the year, Christo­pher Somerville headed off on a series of walks that took him in “a great cir­cle round” the Bri­tish Isles, ob­serv­ing na­ture and the land­scape as he went. He heads out to wa­ter­logged fields where he and his friend Roo “stand like two old herons, up to our knees in floods”, he watches as “Lap­wings flew over­head in black and white crowds… flick­er­ing like an old film as they sud­denly tum­bled earth­wards”, sees lambs, af­ter a sharp frost, “sport­ing a coat of sparkle” and re­marks how April be­comes the “yel­low month” as celandine stars and DayGlo dan­de­lions re­place the bleak colours of win­ter. Beau­ti­ful.

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