Train dreaming and place name poetry

 

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For the past 6 months or so I have been working in London and commuting weekly between my home city Edinburgh and London. Travelling for around 4 and a half hours each way on the same route – gives plenty time for train window dreaming and watching.

Maybe because I spent my early years on a farm – I notice the crops and farming circle of life more than what might be happening through glimpses of windows or back gardens. My ‘seen from a train window’ novel –  would be short on drama and deeply lacking in Girl on a Train tension.

My Oct to June photo feed is packed with seasonal variations on a theme of east coast skies, fields, sea, distant cooling towers, tiny houses, trees jumping into focus, blurry videos and the odd sunrise and sunset. Watching how the colour of ploughed fields changes – from the reddy brown earth of Dunbar to almost black of the Fens.

There are familiar punctuations that mark the journey passing; southbound – out to sea on the East Lothian coast, approaching the Scotland – England border at Berwick, counting the bridges over the Tyne, the light at York station, and then non stop from York as London draws nearer – the big  flatlands of the south.

And the poetry of place names

Balderton Barnby, Norwell Cromwell, Temple Hirst, Chapel Haddesey, Appelton Roebuck

Rattling on…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 thoughts

  1. Keep rattling on, I do enjoy your blog!

    Long ago, we lived off the A5 in the English Midlands. A land of motorways since and suburbia even then but also quiet canals, Watling St, tithe barns, ancient woods. The place names fascinated me as a child: Sheepy Magna, Appleby Parva, Fenny Drayton…

    Niall

    On Mon, 4 Jun 2018, 16:03 The unfinished sentence…, wrote:

    > marob23 posted: ” For the past 6 months or so I have been working in > London and commuting weekly between my home city Edinburgh and London. > Travelling for around 4 and a half hours each way on the same route – gives > plenty time for train window dreaming and w” >

    1. Thank you ! I just started noticing the names when they came up on my phone as the location – would be interestign to understand the history to the place names, maybe a topic for another blog !

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