last week i took some time away from the whirled
and headed northward to the Observatory
where a most satisfactory collection is slowly on the increase
encompassing contributions from the UK, the USA, Denmark and Spain
as well as from across the length and breadth of the wide brown land
there's still time to join in the solace project
if you prefer, create your own. i'm happy to share the idea.
grateful to those who have sent pieces, thank you.
people have been enquiring whether they may come and assist with the installation.
the short answer is simply, no.
the Observatory can only accommodate two persons,
has no electricity or running water (meaning no showers or food cooling either)
cooking is done with an old wood stove
sparingly burning twigs to heat the kettle for tea
and while there is a pit toilet, it is not available to the public as
when it fills i shall have to dig a fresh one and
that's not a thought that fills me with delight.
solace will be installed at the southern mid-winter solstice
and (i hope) be available for viewing from June 23
it will remain in place indefinitely.
i will document it photographically through various weathers and as promised, collate the images (together with the poem formed from all of your words) into a book.
the sunrises and sunsets here are equally beautiful
the view of the stars at night is unequalled
(and nigh on impossible to capture with a batfone)
the arid lands are a perfect place for clearing thoughts
(the Dog decided that my clearing needed further intervention)
it's good to travel with a friend.
on the way home we stopped at the Arid Lands Botanic Gardens
to see how 'elegy' was faring
after which certain wee dog washed the dust of the desert off
with a swim at the top end of Spencer Gulf