Findings

Lately I have been asking myself: Is there any connection between my new interest for nature writing and my long-lasting investigation into the concept of home?

Today Kathleen Jamie contributed an interesting thought to my ongoing inquiries:

We maneuvered the yacht carefully into a bay where a pale beach was backed by dunes.

It had been inhabited once. A single abandoned house stood at the westernmost end of the bay. … It drew the eye – … maybe there is something instinctive in us, that we’re drawn to human habitation and can’t resist a ruin, the way newborn babies respond to a crude drawing of a face.  These are the rarities of human history, the places from which we have retreated. These once inhabited places play a different air to the uninhabited; they suggest the lost past, the lost Eden, not Utopia to come.

Kathleen Jamie, Findings: 63

Marc Calhoun:Storehouse at Thearnish

 © Copyrigh – Marc Calhoun: Storehouse at Thearnish

Ruin of storehouse on the north tip of Ceann Iar of the Monach Isles. It was used by the keepers of the now disused lighthouse on nearby Shillay 

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These are the rarities of human history, the places from which we have retreated. These once inhabited places play a different air to the uninhabited; they suggest the lost past, the lost Eden, not Utopia to come” – oh, these words make me dizzy …


5 thoughts on “Findings

  1. Wow, Subros, i think we may have common concerns and enthusiasms!
    1. I love Sebald- ur pic of Somerleyton tiny station made me wild lol so
    2. i love railways and physical and mental travel
    3. (I am not linking this to sell it-its wholly non-commercial!-but because I think we may have shared interests!) my blogs deal with the. sense of home,and the unheimlische heimat:see particuarlyhttp://towardsutopia.wordpress.com/2011/05/05/unheimliche-heimatunhomelyuncanny-home/ and http://decayetude.wordpress.com/2011/05/11/the-uncanny-return-an-unsettling-re-working-of-unheimlisches-heimat/. As a gay man, finding an emotional and psychological and physical home is a quest i have mainly achieved, aged 52, by living in the “bohemian” area of Liverpool UK
    4. decay in urban and rural landscape and what that represents in ourselves: some call it psychogeography
    5. I have just bought the book “Edgelands” and am intrigued re some of the books u list re similar spatially and temporal borderlands. Steve Benson

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