On the night of the summer solstice I made my way to Hermitage Moorings just east of London’s Tower Bridge. There were about a dozen other vessels in the harbour when I arrived, tugs and Thames Barges mainly, which had all been lovingly restored by a community of passionate enthusiasts.
Donwood frequently collaborates with the band Radiohead and its lead singer, Thom Yorke. In 2002 he and
Yorke won a Grammy for the special edition of the album Amnesiac. Here: his favorite trees.
'I find that one of the most important and truly interesting properties of rocks in motion is the role played,
in the formation of the landscapes we humans love, by their relative buoyancy.'
'Lean is the dull steel flashed white in the sun / Like a sudden lifting of the white-leaved abele, / Flushed from the raw thongs of the birch-tree / The white wood flies through the mists of morning.'
A flinchin is a deceitful promise of better weather. Skub is hazy clouds driven by the wind. And a ciabhar
is a slight breeze, just enough to stir the hair.
'Everything about swallows says ‘South’. They are a shiny, metallic, gregarious, nomadic tribe, decked in magenta and ravishing deep blues.'