"Can you hear it? It breathes, as you breathe.
I want you to hear the whole island-as it is now,at this very moment. There is the sea's stirring,always. But also, there are many sounds on Parla which are more than the waves, more than the stones being moved by them. The sheep bleat throatily. A wooden gate squeaks open. There are tiny bells on a piece of string which dance, and call out sing-sing-sing. In a house with herbs on its windowsill a kettle is boiling- its metal lid is starting to rattle, and there are footsteps coming to it and a woman is saying I'm here,I'm here....to the kettle,as if the kettle understands her...."
Extract from 'The Silver Dark Sea' By Susan Fletcher
For the past couple of weeks I've been reading into the quiet hours past midnight, enchanted with the words of Susan Fletcher's latest book The 'Silver Dark Sea'. Submerged in nightly bathwater, I've been captivated by a watery tale of an island and a fish man.
I just love how she writes. You may remember last year I shared another of her books 'Witchlight' which has become one of my all time favourites. I've put the link to this book on the Amazon widget (further down on the right hand side bar) if you are interested in taking a look.
The book and the very wet weather that we have had lately must surely have contributed to my inspiration for a new grey seal/selkie hanger design.
So much water. Beneath, the grass has turned into swaying water nymph hair.
We are lucky as we live on a hill, but I feel so very sorry for everyone that has been flooded.
It's been extremely busy here. Between packing orders, answering emails and numerous trips to the post office it has been hard fitting in any new work and many things I had planned to do, have been put back for now. But, it's all wonderful and I'm so very grateful to anyone that has bought from me, recently or in the past. Without you, I wouldn't be able to have the time to indulge and 'create' as a job. So here's a big X for you! ;)
These hares below are the one's I told you that I was working on in my last post. Blackberry, hazel, hawthorn and oak. These have already been added to my shop and have already sold, but I thought I'd share anyway.
Have a good week and stay dry if you can.