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After Nature

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I belong to a book group and we read a fairly wide range of books: mainly fiction, but not exclusively. I wrote an earlier post on Moran’s “Like a Woman” which was a book group read. Recently we read “After Nature” by W.G. Sebald. It’s a prose poem about three men: The painter, Matthaeus Grünewald, the botanist Georg Wilhelm Steller, and Sebald himself. It was translated from the German by Michael Hamburger (translation approved by Sebald apparently who lived in the UK until his death) It is something I would never have thought about reading, but I really liked it. It made me laugh, and made me think, and made me research the characters and events to which it referred. It also seemed a timely read given my current fixation with nature and with seasonal changes. (see several previous posts).
“At the moment on Ascension Day
of the year forty-four when I was born
the procession for the blessings of the fields
was just passing our house to the sounds
of the fire-brigade band, on its way out
to the flowering May meadow. Mother
at first took this as a happy sign, unaware
that the cold planet Saturn ruled this hour’s
constellation and that above the mountains
already the storm was hanging… ” (p.86)

The book isn’t very long if you are tempted.

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Maybe Spring at last?

The garden is still really bare, despite Monday bringing the middle of April, but today, at last it feels like Spring. We wrapped ourselves up and had breakfast in the garden.

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Seasons change

I’ve been away for a couple of weeks this month, with little Internet access; hence no blogging. Yes, I know I could set up blog entries to go out while I’m away, but on the small chance someone responds I would like to be able to pick it up. In someways coming back to the blog, now at the end of September makes me more aware of the seasonal changes. I’m writing this in the garden, with birds singing around me, but the smells and colours definitely signal the shift to autumn. The leaves are still on the trees, but the berries almost outnumber them! Rosehips have replaced rose petals in some places, even though one or two hardy flowers are hanging in there. And of course autumn brings a new academic year to education (whatever level of study) and a change in energy. I love the buzz it brings, and the airy mixture of excitement and anxiety. Lots of new growth and new beginnings going on there: in contrast to the endings and slowdown here in the garden.

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