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Bluebells & willow-seeds

I went for a long walk over Dartmoor last weekend and must dig out the photos.  Too hot for a long walk today, but in the shadow of the woods the bluebells are at their peak, and the sunny fields are white and golden with lady's smocks and buttercups.

The willow-trees are seeding, too, a million tiny fluff-seeds floating lazily through the air.  When you are walking through the bluebell woods in sunlight, this is lovely thing to see, the seeds catching the light and turning golden.

We have been watching the Stranger Things TV series recently.  It's very good!  It's set in a 1980's small American town, and features 80's music, children playing D&D,  plus some dark-ish horror fantasy elements, with really interesting writing and beautifully layered characterisation, (though as always with American series that feature some 'high school' children, I always wonder if the 'high school' bits are supposed to look quite as horrifyingly dystopian as they appear to my eyes...)

Anyway, the series uses tiny drifting dots of fluff and gloomy blue lighting to indicate that the characters have moved from the 'normal' world to the dark horror fantasy world, and I admit when I came out of the pet-shop the other day, having gone into the shop in sunlight with people all around, to find that dark blue clouds had rolled across the sky, the car park was now completely deserted, and tiny willow-fluffs were still blowing in vast numbers through the air, it did give me a moment's pause. :-D 


21st May, 2018 17:38 (UTC)
I begin to see why it is that in American culture, people are desperate to get away from the rural town where they grew up, whereas in Britain, it's more likely they would be complaining that they can't afford to buy a house there!

Wow. That level of supervision seems... very odd to me. At 17! Good grief!

I was going around to visit friend's houses unsupervised before I ever went to school! And when I was 13 and we'd moved to Devon, I went to see my old friends in south wales, travelling alone on the train, stayed there for a week... Her mother was dead and her father was at work most of the time. I guess her older brothers probably had some idea where we were, but we certainly weren't notifying anyone of our location! But if someone had bullied us or attacked us, we would have had loads of choices on safe people to appeal to for help. Though I hear from friends that there is a lot of pressure for children to be much more supervised here now than they were in the 80's.

...Still, wow. The US seems such a scary place.
22nd May, 2018 00:30 (UTC)
You must remember that when a small town is described as being in the middle of nowhere in the US, it's much more isolated than the equivalent in the US.
22nd May, 2018 08:26 (UTC)
Yes, I know - I'm used to a tiny micro-culture where 'the sticks' can be an hour's cycle ride from town, it's hard to adjust the expectations!
22nd May, 2018 20:23 (UTC)
There's a LOT of nowhere in the US to be in the middle of, and there's not a lot of transportation infrastructure to support it.

For example: My aunt and cousin live in a small town (actually about five miles outside of town) in rural Wisconsin, which as a state is about in the middle size-wise, but larger than the entire of England (but not including Scotland and Wales). It takes five hours for us to drive there, on the highway. Google Maps says it's 270 miles, the route we usually take. To get to their place, you MUST drive. The closest train station is 45 miles away by car. There is no bus.

One could bicycle into town--the safer routes would take longer than 5 miles, of course--but that's only viable when it isn't winter. One could walk--again, not really in the winter--but there aren't any public footpaths, you'd have to walk on the road--and that's two hours of walking just to get into town.
22nd May, 2018 23:13 (UTC)
I know a guy online whose Japanese wife thought they were out in the sticks in the suburbs.

Then -- a trip to the Southwest. They were driving along a road where the only evidence of humanity as far as the eye could see was the road.
22nd May, 2018 20:26 (UTC)
My mother was very restrictive and I had a very conservatively religious upbringing. I got better. ;-)

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