Who wants more
Who sat and looked
Who will not do it no matter what
Who likes to martyr most
Who can’t ask for help
Who hates saying please
Who snakes and teases
Who passenger cruises
Who ultimately loses?
by Jane Campbell who is a 54yrs old dyke and is proud to live off grid in a handmade home in rural West Wales UK.
Early morning at my sea side home
The rooks are awake and alert before first light busy refurbishing their homes from last year and the year before that. There is a sense of urgency now which has superseded last month’s languid cawing, it is the need for a rough and ragged nest in which to hatch their young. Much arguing and squabbling ensues over who’s nest is whose early on, but now the furore has died down and the birds are more settled with eggs cooking and young growing.
Sometimes I can hear the sea from the safety of my bed, when the tide is in, the waves splash and crash against the cliff face, other times the sea is dead calm like today with barely a ripple across the water. Through the apple tree that sits below my balcony not yet in leaf I see boats of different kinds; a yacht with a single white sail tacking against the feeble wind, a smack chasing mackerel painted red and yellow stands out against the deep blue of the dawn sky.
Nothing disturbs the morning except the sound of birdsong, though by nine o clock the tourists will be arriving in cars with suitcases strapped to roofracks and caravans in tow. Others will have booked one of the many holiday homes that stand empty for six months of the year only to rise from their winter death to welcome city dwellers seeking the wilds of West Wales and the micro climate of Cardigan Bay. Here Dylan Thomas found the characters for Under Milkwood living in the multi coloured terraces that rise diagonally from the sea to the land or sitting on the harbour watching the world go by and the fishing boats land their catch before the days of the Dolphin trips.
Two months I’ve lived here and am loving my wooden home perched high above the sea. It was cold at first, bone cold as NNWesterlys buffeted the boards and the wind chimes rang like church bells. Many nights (and days too) were spent in bed with the electric blanket on reading to pass the time and wearing two fleeces and a hoody to fend off hyperthermia. My breath I noted was a stream of fog but outside my window the late winter sun held the promise of warmth given time.
I have been so very privileged to live here where sky, sea, and hills meet in celebration; Wales is not the land of my birth but it is the place my soul can call home…..
Kate Field, 65
Hiya how are you doin?
I’m ok..getting a bit colder tho isn’t it?
Yes you’ll need a hat on
Well I’ve got my scarf on!
Where you off to..town?
No I’m going to London..I’m in the Oral history Society
They record people’s stories.
Well I could tell you a few stories, the stuff I’ve seen!
Yeah me an all! We could tell you a few stories..
Janet Jones (age 54) Halifax
Conker trees and lambs’ tails innit
A broken home
A stable home
With solid wooden beams
Stunning sunsets beat Thornton Heath
Pet ponies and large geese
fantastic nest of a bed
snuggy snuggy snug.
A collaboration between friends over Sunday lunch:
Carter Carter, Annie, Cindie, Louise, Fay, Jen and Fiona
Sometimes my home is a precarious place,
An uncertain structure,
Crumbling and creaking at every stormy hit.
this home of mine endures
Sometimes my home is magnificent
and makes me proud.
It cushions me against onslaught and hurt.
this home of mine evolves.
My home is a sanctuary
Always open to others,
Despite every failure it has never failed.
This home of mine is steadfast
This home is my body
This home is my heart.
Megan Williams (age 64) Wales
The front door slams shut
and the warmth of the heat flushes his cheeks.
The wine sloshes into the glass.
The purr of the zip sliding closed as the breeze is temporarily blocked.
Still too cold to take off his hat.
A tug of the ring pull to open the can.
The covers flap and shuffle in the wind.
He draws them over his rough stubble on his cold and weary body.
He reaches for another can.
Our ‘homes’ are so different but are we?
Anne Lamb (51) Palm Bay
Come nuh. Come mek we watch.Tallawa.
Seet deh, how we rumble tumble back black inna we love.
Tek of we hat, boot and glove.
Nyam till we belly full. Returning. Renewed.
Jo Fraser, London