Down by the sea…

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Brighter

Wild campion, among the coconut scent of gorse. The southern part of Cornwall near Plymouth, as yet un-noticed…

Outlook

A hut or hostel, left to settle into old age and gaze happily at the ocean…

Clear

Back and forth in ocean blue…

Away

Sail

Future's so bright...

Once you get over thinking of Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake, the liberally scattered plastic is not without a ghoulish charm, smoothed and faded and gathered into swathes of similar colours (how?) that melt easily into the fly-blown, gently grilling weed. The result is that none of it seems synthetic. A kind of unholy soup, packed with man-made additives…

Medieval mummers, May Day and Lammastide

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There was a box of old stamp postcards from 30-odd years ago in a charity shop yesterday, and I found these great folklore images from 1981. (The artist is Fritz Wegner.) They remind me a little of Rex Whistler (more of him another time).

There is a fourth one for Valentine’s Day, but it was the odd one out for me. I’ve substituted ‘Side shows’ instead, which dates from 1983’s British Fairs issue, by Andrew Restall.

This is a good time to mention The Museum of British Folklore – at the moment it has no permanent home. A couple of years ago there was a small but beautiful temporary exhibition for a few weeks at Port Eliot in Cornwall. Atmospheric wonders included this lantern…