Sunday, 30 June 2013

Friday, 21 June 2013

in a field of 'm's

 Herb Garden - 20th June 2013

Marjoram Mint Moth Mind Mingling Modifications

'Field Study's Man in E17' has been contemplating this thought, interpreted but not quoted, from 'Nature Cure' (Richard Mabey) that, mind is a form of sharing between individuals, a sort of social field rather than a personal and/or solitary possession. Further to this proposition on consciousness is the notion 'wildness', as distinct from 'wilderness', is in the mind or a state of mind. The field student has also been prompted to contemplate what the 'natural long term' tendencies of his(?) field or habitus are, as he and they and we and I approach a decade of coming and going to the allotment.

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Sunday, 16 June 2013

in the field with red ants, blackfly and scarlet emperors

Field Study's Man in E17 got down on his knees to weed the bed in which our pouting ruddies reside. The out and out scarlet emperors impressed upon his retinas the vivacity of their imperious powers. All was a fervent blur in their red orange red field of leguminous seduction. Under the influence of the runner bean's floral hue, the field student gallantly ripped up the fat hen, tugged and tore at the dandelions, snapped the prickly lettuce, clutched. clenched and heaved the nettles, mustard and errant brambles, gingerly plucked the spurge, dug out the creeping buttercup, ruthlessly crushed Jack-by-hedge, snapped bindweed, snapped bindweed, snapped bindweed, snapped bindweed, remorselessly snapped bindweed. This was sappy hand to hand combat, a maelstrom of broken roots and leaves, of biternate incised, pedate serrated, lanceolate obtuse and peltate acute. By the other end of the bed, the field student was the victor of a battle in a ritual war all ready lost. The piles of limp leaves beside him on the battlefield, around, under and about the coiling, twisting, climbing legumes foretold of yet another vigorous and perennial resurgence; an uprising only temporarily stalled, and impossible to quell. Above all the futility of his opposition were the ants. We assure ourselves our opposition is worthily 'chemical' free. The ants it seems, may be farming the blackfly aphids via a husbandry of delicate* and complex biochemical means

We gathered up the leaves, those victims of our brute mentality, and sought redemption via the compost heap. We returned to the runner bean field, a relatively huge area area dominated by the pylonesque architecture of the field student's more constructive mind. We observed for some time immeasurable the applications of the ants, their resolute Stakhanovism. Under the bushy vines of the Scarlet Emperors we found ourselves calmed, perhaps under a tranquilising influence of the true mistresses (or mistress) of the site.

Red Ants, Blackfly and Scarlet Emperors
Bed 1, Plot A - June 15th 2013.

Friday, 14 June 2013

In the field it is the season to be swarming - part one

The swarm of honey bees started clustering on the window to the right, around the 'favourites' poster.

 St James St - Friday 14th June 2013