Rule of three …

There is no direct connection between the image, the music and the poetry other than I became aware of them over the last forty eight hours.  The picture is from a walk to the aptly named Crow Wood near Newbrough on the southern Tyne.  The music was brought to my attention by my eldest son, Patrick – @smallhours2 – it pays to take notice of junior. The poetry is an extract from Norman MacCaig’s Close-ups of Summer – I am slowly working through his entire works. Poetry should not be rushed:

Hens sloven. But the cock
struts by – one can almost see
the tiny set of bagpipes
he’s sure he’s playing

The sun’s the same – pipemajoring
across space, where the invisible judges
sit, wrapped in their knowledge,
taking terrible notes

Above the south Tyne ...

This is all a reward for keeping the mind open to new things.
(click on the image to enlarge)


  1. LaVagabonde · March 1, 2015

    Sometimes new things appear in a pleasing synchronicity.

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  3. Malin H · March 1, 2015

    What a lovely post, Robin. ❤️

    • northumbrianlight · March 1, 2015

      Many thanks Malin – the image was no doubt familiar 😉 ❤

      • Malin H · March 1, 2015

        My pleasure, Robin! And familiar indeed 😉 ❤️

  4. suej · March 1, 2015

    New things inn synchronicity – I agree!

  5. suej · March 1, 2015

    Oh, and I meant to say, I have been playing the words of a ditty in Alan Garner’s Thursbitch in my head recently –
    Hic, hoc, the carrion crow,
    The carrion crow I see.
    As I walk by mysen
    And I talk to mysen,
    Mysen says unto me:
    Look to thysen,
    Take care of thysen,
    For nobody cares for thee.

    • northumbrianlight · March 1, 2015

      Excellent Sue – more synchronicity – reminds me of the East Anglian adage for distinguishing the sociable rooks from the solitary crow:
      ‘When tha’s a rook, tha’s a crow; and when tha’s crows, tha’s rooks.’
      Courtesy of Mark Cocker’s Crow Country

      • suej · March 1, 2015


  6. kiwiskan · March 1, 2015

    loved the image and poetry

    • northumbrianlight · March 1, 2015

      Many thanks, much appreciated. MacCaig can be patchy (can’t we all 🙂 ) but at his best there is no one better.

      • kiwiskan · March 1, 2015

        unfortunately the video didn’t seem to be available

  7. noellevignola · March 1, 2015

    Loved this whole trio. Perfect Sunday morning fare for me.

  8. restlessjo · March 1, 2015

    pipemajoring across space …. 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · March 2, 2015

      Isn’t it fabulous – he draws such wonderful pictures with words.

  9. Photography Journal Blog · March 2, 2015

    I really like the way you edited the photo.

  10. Thom Hickey · March 6, 2015

    Thanks. You can never go wrong with MacCaig! Strong image and intriguing sounds. Regards Thom.

    • northumbrianlight · March 6, 2015

      MacCaig never fails to surprise and thanks to junior I am quite taken by PSB – recommend a listen to Inform – Educate – Entertain

  11. littledogslaughed · March 9, 2015

    I love the image Robin-its beautiful light lends a kind of melancholy to the scene- the poem is wonderful, I must check him out and I really liked the music-lots to take in today with this post!

    • northumbrianlight · March 10, 2015

      Glad you enjoyed it Meg – if you can find it, I recommend MacCaig’s short collection – The Many Days.

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