Things left behind in the slicer....**
We're just pithy monkeys made of singing particles! Love it!
So THAT'S what all those people were doing, I saw them from the Millennium Bridge and thought "clams? on the banks of the Thames? surely not!" but then a tour guide distracted me talking about the artist that paints pictures on wads of chewing gum in the grate, and my little squirrel mind was off and running... :)
Gosh Jill! This is just so so amazingly heartfelt and beautiful. You’re writing just keeps on getting better and better. Thank you for this gift of your words to start my day 💕
Such a stunningly multi-layered post, Jill. An absolutely wonderful read. I'm very behind on my reading, and I am so glad to have found this treat in my inbox. 🙌
I really enjoyed Lara Maiklem’s book but have never mudlarked myself! Also I think the Robert MacFarlane book you’re referencing is The Old Ways but I could be wrong. In any case, excellent taste in literature :)
We’re in Wales, curled up on the sofa by the fire after a days hiking and this pairing couldn’t have been more perfect. I used to live on Shad Thames and did a little larking myself, and would hear similar whispers. That silt is dense with stories… Such a gorgeous piece, Jill. Thank you so much for it ❤️
Just knew you'd get to mudlarking (after generously putting me on to that book), and how connective it becomes in your hands... Hard to write about exes, pasts, and you do so with such touch. Bravo.
Really loved this post.
I've been watching a good British show called "Gold" about a bank heist in the 1960s. There's a scene about the difference in what mudlarkers find in the poor part of London (back then)–––teeth, bones, pottery shards vs. mudlarkers in Chelsea who sometimes find jewelry, etc.
There's only three episodes out in America. I really like the show.
My best find is a bone domino carved with ring and dot markings. It’s got to be three hundred years and some I think. Pulled from under a brick on the tide line near Queenhithe.
What a gorgeous, thoughtful piece. Relics of life, all around us.
Ah, Jill, this was wonderful. I listened to the audio. As a Brit living in the US, I too have an accent whenever I go.
Remain and Leave are the same?
I should do more crosswords.
Your love of the word "Rangoon" had me dig this up: https://spotify.link/FYY4yoU6qDb
I really enjoyed this - especially the passages about mudlarking! Looking forward to more.