SIX MORE CABINS IN ENGLAND BoatShack, Cambridgeshire This 1945 oak-and-larch fishing trawler has been converted into a cosy kingsize bedroom with a porthole-style door – and there’s an adjoining shack housing a kitchen and a walk-in shower. The characterful cabin sits in a private 1.2-hectare (three-acre) forest on a smallholding in the Fens, near Ely. It’s an off-grid property, powered by solar panels and has a woodburner fashioned from the boat’s engine. Overlooking the countryside there is a deck made from reclaimed sleepers with table and chairs, a fire pit and a rolltop bath.• From £140 a night, sleeps two, hostunusual.com … [Read more...] about ‘I want to dance with joy’: a beach cabin escape on Kent’s Isle of Sheppey
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I stop for lunch in a field of winter wheat and watch flocks of pigeons leaving the woods. I wait, gulping down soup and bread. I wait for a peregrine while berating the egocentricity that leads me to believe they will appear for me because I am here to see them. What I see instead is a dog fox, bright in winter coat. He trots, flat-eared along the woodland edge and heads up the lane towards me. He is hunting, black socks and ears all a perk, for a mouse. He doesn’t know I am here and for a moment I am elated but then his acorn eyes lock into my binoculars and he pauses, as foxes fatally do, before turning tail and trotting back into cover. … [Read more...] about Essex rediscovered: ghosts and falcons on a rural ride
He sent a copy of The Peregrine to the film director Werner Herzog; Herzog read it and was astonished. He has since spoken often of the book, and it is now one of only three required texts for his Rogue Film School – along with Virgil’s Georgics and Hemingway’s story “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber”. Herzog describes The Peregrine as inducing “ecstasy” in the radical sense of the word: not just entranced or frenzied, but literally beside oneself. There are moments, he notes, “where you can tell that [Baker] has completely entered into the existence of a falcon. And this is what I do when I make a film: I step outside of myself into an ekstasis; in Greek, to step outside of your own body.” … [Read more...] about Violent spring: The nature book that predicted the future