Archives for the month of: September, 2013

‘Autoglum’ said Rob and I agreed, we were waiting for the bus in a chilly lack-light. It was, I thought a word to recall Saturday when light defined every tree and charms of goldfinches feasted and flitted on salt-marsh thistles. On Saturday we saw blackberries glot and scarlet hips and haws, and geese fly in neat formation before falling gawkily, as if they hadn’t practised that bit yet. They tumbled into the Dee; the water swallowed the sky and shone it back like an upstairs television through a window.


The word I thought, fondly remembered Sunday and the beechnuts warmed by old-jar-honey sun. It is different now on Monday. There is no weather, no clarity, the trees are not defined they are waiting. There is a without-ness of light and a portent of moss. Autoglum seems a good word to express anxiety that the tomatoes might get blighty. But Rob didn’t mean that, he was just reading the coffee mug on the dashboard of a parked van – Auto Glym (for all your polishing needs).


Over the last year I have little by little, walked around the entire edge of Wales. My plan at the start was to do it at once, but this was not to be; there were other things to do, I missed Rob, and anyhow I was running out of light and money and biscuits.

The trackIt was a journey that traversed wild and beautiful land. There was rocky coast and silver cloud and ravaged sand, I slept on moors and hills and dunes. I watched the seasons change, and now the mountain ash berries are scarlet again it’s time to finish.

My last day was a little blurred on account of the mist and an accidental but entirely appropriate last night in the Friendship Inn. So it was with gentle hallowed steps I approached home where Rob was waiting with love and light and chicken surprise.

I had mostly walked alone, but Rob came out to join me at weekends. ‘Wouldn’t it be lovely if all these sheep had bells?’ I said to him once, somewhere on Offas Dyke in the spring. ‘It would be better if they all had electric guitars’ he replied. It’s true.