ONE MAN WENT TO STROLL
Christopher Somerville records his walk around the UK in The January Man
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.