Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Rising Tide


All Washed Up

Back to Suffolk and Snape Maltings, another dash of art, a site specific art work by Fran Crowe, in the Dovecote Studio. The building itsself reminds me of a budding daffodil bulb (I’m sorry it’s been an odd sort of day, but trust me this post will get yet more obscure.)

Dovecote Snape Maltings-1

Fran’s work is made from what ever she finds washed up on the Suffolk Shore

Which on the plus side is colourful, the negative being, well see for yourself

Dovecote Snape Maltings 1-1 Dovecote Snape Maltings 2-1Dovecote Snape Maltings 3-1

Not good is it?

The other thing I found  out on her ‘silly but serious’ website is that Fran is interested in moles, and their role in fighting the rising tide of sea level change due to global warming. Now this blog has a fondness for moles, they tend to be more dead than alive when they make an appearance, but that is more to do with the fact they are subterranean little mammals and camera shy. Fran’s initiative is called Up and Under the gist of it is (as far as I can make out)  that we should cultivate moles and that then should water levels rise, the mole tunnels will act as drainage channels, but sadly the mole will drown.

Now I have to say I think Fran’s plan may be site specific, that as I live at the top of a hill in Derbyshire, if the moles in our field find their tunnels awash with sea water, they, the nation, if not the world is totally stuffed. Not good is it?

Mummified Mole


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

3 thoughts on “Rising Tide

  1. Hello, I know of her. I saw a number of inspiring installations Fran Crowe had made at the museum in Great Yarmouth two years ago. One consisted of all the rubbish she’d collected from a one mile stretch of beach on the Suffolk coast where she lives. It was a very though-provoking piece, because all the rubbish had been sorted for colour and looked, well, quite beautiful. It made me want to go out and collect rubbish too, for it made me think that nothing is in itself ugly, the context is all. I’m not sure that was the point…

  2. I went and pawed through Fran Crowe’s website. She’s very inventive. I’ve been inspired to consider what I might build with beach debris. So far my favorite notion is a jail cell for litterbugs. (I can be prone to revenge fantasies on rainy days. I’ll feel better one day next week.)

  3. I do not know much about moles, but Fran Crowe’s work and art is beautiful and thought provoking with an important message!

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