Modern Nature, Derek Jarman

Heat and cold hurt. A hot bath burns, an orgasm overwhelms with pain.1

… such frankness about ordinary experiences…

… the death toll mounts…

… DJ continuing to struggle with health…

… memories of a pair of aunts with austere lives…

… planning for Edward II… it keeps him alive…

… i have an urge to look at the photography page on my blog… my photographs and photographs i have linked because i found them interesting… it’s a nice array of images… much more interesting than sets i have attempted to curate… is this a message to let my interests take me where they will?… that will be the most interesting?…

… whole paragraphs full of flower/plant sightings…

… i relish the descriptions of puttering about… H and i, retired, semi-retired… we putter about but less productively it seems to me… H in front of TV all day… me doing this and that…

… DJ talks about gathering and pickling samphire… i search for information on that and come up with samphire.org.uk… it’s a thing…

… i wonder if i could grow it?…

Salicornia, i learn, is the latin(?) name for the genus that includes a number of species many of which are known by the common name samphire… they grow in salt marshes and are eaten where they grow… there are some varieties that are at least partially toxic, so one needs to know what Salicarnia they are dealing with… it is, apparently, a delicacy in eastern Canada…

… i am almost finished with the book… another morning or two an then on to Denton Welch…


  1. Jarman, Derek, Modern Nature, p 286 [return]