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Books: Underland, The Lost Words, The Old Ways, Landmarks, The Wild Places. Films: Mountain, Upstream. Nature, climate, people, place. Fellow at Cambridge.

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Retweeted by Robert Macfarlane @JoannaCDobson @PeterFiennes @SAVEDORETREES Tempted to suggest something along the lines of "heartwood", too... @JoannaCDobson @PeterFiennes @SAVEDORETREES "Memory-tree"? @Xavatron @nic_89 Ah...want to be back at the Corrie of the Waters NOW. @Cairngorm22 Ah...so good to see these, Neil. Set my mind aloft. Thanks for them. @woodcut55 Frederick -- thank you for that lovely note. Stay safe amid the blossom. @NaturalistDara @thebookseller @LittleToller Wowzers!!! That is unmistakably cool, Dara. @baston_john Good spot! So many years ago, but I remember it very vividly. Our awkward dance in the rising wind as… https://t.co/1RvRMkQclr @nickbarleyedin @alittl @Elif_Safak I remember that! What an evening. @jasonpa81916386 @walkfoto @thecpeacock Yes. This. A question I hope to ask one evening coming. @yvonnelyonmusic @kassiastclair @sccenglish Thanks for this write-up, Julian. Really good to have thoughts, phrases & progress from the… https://t.co/sjHGVbDcjK @Ninawth Hi Nina — welcome! @B05Smith @maxsmithtv Fantastic. I’m hoping to draw together a thread of resources like this. @HamishH1931 Bright on the eye! @JulianHoffman Oh my... @PatchLimb Perfect!Word of the Day: "cat's-paw" - nickname for catkins of the smaller willows/sallows (Goat willow, pussy willow, grey… https://t.co/VbDS7leo49
4/2
2020
They asked for 30,000 ventilators. Government press release says they’ve found 30. https://t.co/12OenEaqKj
Retweeted by Robert Macfarlane @DavidW_woof brilliant sub-thread; thank you for it. @ZinInGroen She does write of the "brandy-like whiff" [I think I have got that right] of birch-woods in rain. @OfNegativeSpace Oh...what a loss to sustain, survive. I am so sorry. And that phrase..."I sought the advice of the… https://t.co/dLg2D2yOhE @nic_89 Ah...wishing you joy of it, Nicola. @jasonpa81916386 @tsoceallaigh @BertoliniAnnaM It’s by @thecpeacock & it’s ever so good. @TGOMagazine @Scorhill fyi @kingfisherquest Thank you. That’s lovely to hear. @GeorginaNoakes Ach, that image. Yes. @kingfisherquest I can feel it as I read it. The bright bite of the spring. @philamina11 It's a pleasure. Yes. Trying -- like all of us -- to find some firm ground underfoot, even if only for an hour ever few days. @Andrew_Ervin Yes. This. @sophiecd_art I commend the use of Elastoplast as the marker-medium! Brilliant idea. A fine memory-keeper. @KateGunn My pleasure. Such good company to keep. Keep safe Kate, all. @jacqtothefuture Wisely said -- and wisely done! @OliverPyle Ah, yes. That modest, memorable opening. "So I am on the plateau again, having gone round it like a dog… https://t.co/lQmSZJNZLZ @leebaker_ @GeorginaNoakes There are many replies, Georgina, Lee, I'm glad to say! They unspool after the last twee… https://t.co/ASXvBoJr4X @pylodictis Ten years since I last saw an avocet (on Foulness Island, Essex coast). The most elegant bill of any bi… https://t.co/70FLtsKU40 @moore_d I love those lines, too. And in an elegantly reflexive proof, one needs to forget them in order to realise their truth....Lastly, thanks for continuing this #CoReadingVirus walk together into the mountain. I'll be back on Friday 3rd A… https://t.co/DBFSL4o0G0...and I'm personally fascinated, here as elsewhere in #TheLivingMountain, by the role of the body & the sense of t… https://t.co/IrvdPiwmTzAs ever, I'm interested in which phrases, sentences and words from these chapters resonated with readers most and w… https://t.co/7TthJcVoqh @photography_mls Ah, the dip in that water...a lowering of the river's eye to its bed. @theorchidking That's wonderfully put. The "tangle" of climbs (and times). Yes -- and this entanglement is re-capit… https://t.co/GRKYkYVhJ4 @Andrew_Ervin Ha! Brilliant. Though as I understand it the human nose is quite exceptionally powerful in terms of t… https://t.co/qhT0sAXZgA @kathrynaalto Well, I do mention one briefly in the introductory essay -- the glimpse of an impossible mountain ran… https://t.co/NGSqUU9cr1 @MerrynGlover Yes. Here, as elsewhere, knowledge is not a finite ground to be paced, mapped and completed. It is a… https://t.co/pOzm3RoctZ @sccenglish "It is like what we imagine knowledge to be: dark, salt, clear, moving, utterly free, drawn from the co… https://t.co/juVi9HxXG2and have you experienced similar mis-seeings when in wild country; the cloud-break that opens onto an impossible la… https://t.co/yeXIytCi0OA second question: often in The Living Mountain Nan sees something that doesn't exist, or that seems it cannot exis… https://t.co/GGbKVUN0Bv @townsendoutdoor Ah -- I was hoping you'd post one, Chris. Such a modest birth of such a mighty river. Badged by th… https://t.co/DkpQ8K3SfQ @EllenMFinn Wise words; did you turn back, or file away for future recollection, Ellen? @joycebwriter Water so clear you must touch it to know it... @weealanb Don't be drawn under the hill near Huntly Burn... Also - do you know Alasdair Roberts' wondrous, witchy v… https://t.co/junOnMKJn3 @KevinUnitt Brilliant! I do, I do, I dubh. @Jini_Reddy And along come the geese to lend their voice too! Beautiful, Jini. @GregDavis625 Put in mind of Derek Watkins' extraordinary map showing the variant/changing generic terms for stream… https://t.co/gxY5A3yyc6 @BertoliniAnnaM Ah, Anna... Springs are some of the most powerful places I know on Earth. And a dry spring hurts the heart....and my first question arises from Nan's three-word sentence: "Water is speaking." Where & when in your own life,… https://t.co/cjdxNxptEEGreetings for the third gathering of #TheLivingMountain, where we walk on into Chapters 3 & 4 (The Group & Water) o… https://t.co/YwPyHrSkeDJust a reminder that we re-gather for the third meeting of the #CoReadingVirus Global Book Group tonight at 8pm UK… https://t.co/C1FxHQSCyTTonight @MichaelGove told the public our inadequate #COVID19 testing is due to a lack of chemical reagents. The UK… https://t.co/w8xyXcKIiL
Retweeted by Robert MacfarlaneWord of the Day: "sloe"––common name for the Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), which flowers before it leafs & clouds he… https://t.co/Ed8eoSXgHD
4/1
2020
@adoughtyimages That’s fantastic. Similar things happening in our ward here in South Cambs, and across the country (countries). @curlewcalls Ah bless you. So nice to know it’s all resonating for people. @theiaincameron And to yours, Iain. @JoannaCannon Yes, yes, this. @MilesKing10 I once unwittingly ate Dog’s Mercury somewhere near Petersfield. Never again. Near Petersfield or further afield. @theiaincameron My brother is also on the frontline in the north-east of England. Similar reports. So proud & admir… https://t.co/t56aOBozce"The horror films got it wrong. Instead of turning us into flesh-eating zombies, the pandemic has turned millions o… https://t.co/jvRq18Br6aWord of the Day: "úht-cearu"––the worries that gather as one lies sleepless before dawn (Old English; lit. "early-m… https://t.co/0GgWbhrN4v
3/31
2020
@PatchLimb @adambcqx Tomorrow’s word will, I think, be familiar to you both; but it bears repeating three years on, it seems to me... @barbmilne @theburdtweets But here the opposite is true?Today, Instacart and Amazon workers walked off the job because the companies profiting from their labor are endange… https://t.co/zYTscLFyYD
Retweeted by Robert Macfarlane @thcatsmother O that image... @1parkner That’s where it is, Frances. Photo by my mother, Ros. @RosalindCPH I toil too, often.Just to say that Word of the Day is going to be returning from tomorrow morning, 7am UK time. I'll try to keep it g… https://t.co/CIApQERuvjLastly, these are hard, hard times. Worries breed, demons circle, fear rises. The going is tough. There are drops a… https://t.co/Yiqalcs77RA closing question: what might Nan mean when she writes that "Nothing has reference to me, the looker. This is how… https://t.co/sKUoPGiSXc @krrisstin Yes. A fox? A stretching lover? I think of Tsunodo: "Place is always moving, like a sleeping cat." @dpgallery @WanderfulLdn @hannahmmalcolm Im hoping to put together (next time?) a thread of all the extraordinary c… https://t.co/fVdikTbMep @nancyfordephoto The eroticism fascinates me; displaced from life onto land, human bodies onto the safer (riskier?)… https://t.co/bq5x5XZg0v @erica_cao Ah, well, what a voice @juliefowlis has. And she lives not too far from the Cairngorms. If mountain wate… https://t.co/gSB1wZypvc @ctmcateer Yes. Echoes of George Eliot on "enlarging the range [the] self has to swim in". From Impressions of Theo… https://t.co/3o4dgjkiD8 @OfNegativeSpace Beautifully put. @AndrewDBurns Shivering reading it again. Stone stops––and language too. @dogwooddays_nic "All is plateau...". @artistjaypee I fear I am at times of 'the talking tribe'. I do wonder what it would have been like to walk with Na… https://t.co/5qxZdBYG0vMore questions arising from Chap 2 of #TheLivingMountain. What, to you, are the distinctive qualities of Nan's pros… https://t.co/rD1W9hgx9E @KevinUnitt @theburdtweets How about that, eh... @kathrynaalto has explored this mystery in a forthcoming essay in… https://t.co/TbpoYDcFvi @_Polinard "Vertical sauntering"! Lovely. "Contouring" one of my favourite verbs -- though it can often lead into rough ground. @kflhanson "The recess was more than the summit." Yes. Often so. @kathrynaalto @just_me_dhw @L_Giubbilei *Scuttles off to seek out Balthazar Korab...* @GeorginaNoakes @maria_karssenbg My stomach still lurches re-reading it. @LeonieVHicks @lysaght_sean ! @anna_chorlton Ah, lovely to see poetry emerging already in response to the reading, Anna. @ClaireMcCann8 Fabulous. And MacCaig himself, of course: "Glaciers, grinding West, gouged out these valleys, raspi… https://t.co/CYWGPjwC10 @AndrewDBurns @SparkyNorris He's also often very...funny! A rare attribute, on the whole, among writers of place an… https://t.co/xTpzQQTuJ2 @AndrewDBurns What a book that is. If ever there were a text undersold by its title... I'm sure you know the story… https://t.co/dRpYynEM7D...and my first thought/question concerns the contrast Nan draws between 'summit' and 'recess'. Was this striking o… https://t.co/bxAG9xdVoh...This is Loch Coire an Lochan, the "secret" loch of which Nan writes. I've swum here one golden September, skied… https://t.co/k35sf6xcrc
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