“I’m a bear in hibernation, I don’t worry about the world.” Download Disc 1
Where we stand, flowers will grow again – Experimental Spanish Radio Station (EP. Bandcamp) Waking Up In A Field – epic45 (from ‘Cropping The Aftermath’ LP. Bandcamp) I Love You (Restrained In A Moment) – Royal Family & The Poor (from ‘The Temple of the 13th Tribe’ LP) Inner Garden – Alexia Avina (from ‘Unearth’ LP. Bandcamp) Black Widow – Trees (from ‘Trees’ LP 50th anniversary edition. Bandcamp) November on my Mind – The Left Outsides (from ‘Are You Sure I Was There?’ LP. Bandcamp) Another Door – The Bats and associates (from ‘Foothills’ LP. Bandcamp) The Theology of Adventure – Dawn Landes (from ‘Row’ LP. Bandcamp) Evidence of a Bear – Sarah Louise (from ‘Floating Rhododendron’ LP. Bandcamp) Hibernation – Annika Norlin Back Behind the Eyes Again – Chloe Alison Escott (from ‘Stars Under Contract’ LP. Bandcamp) Count Your Blessings – Theatre Royal (from ‘Portraits’ LP. Bandcamp) Wolf Count – The Mountain Goats (from ‘Getting Into Knives’ LP. Bandcamp) Dark Clouds – Pauline Murray (from ‘Elemental‘ LP) Rainy Fall – Tango With Lions (from ‘A Long Walk’ LP. Bandcamp) Summer Boy – East River Pipe (from ‘We Live In Rented Rooms’ LP. Bandcamp) Forgotten Names – The Reds, Pinks & Purples (from ‘You Might Be Happy Someday’ LP. Bandcamp) Gruesome Castle – The Wake (on ‘Here Comes Everybody + Singles’ LP) Soft Evening, Brilliant Morning – Trembling Blue Stars (from ‘Country Music Songs For Keith Girdler’ LP) Hiemalis – Kinbote (from ‘Shifting Distance’ LP. Bandcamp) Forest House – Doves (from ‘The Universal Want’ LP) The Fading Light – The Apartments (from ‘In and Out of the Light’ LP. Bandcamp)
Ellemwood Meditation – Sally Anne Morgan (from ‘Thread’ LP. Bandcamp) Song of the Shingle – The Drift (CD and pamphlet from Longbarrow Press. Digital Download on Bandcamp) Hela’r Dryw Bach – Burd Ellen (from ‘Says The Never Beyond’ LP. Bandcamp) Golden Neighbourhood / Closing of The Quarters – trappist afterland (from ‘Seaside Ghost Tales’ LP. Bandcamp) Mutilated Land – Ben Edge (from ‘New Tradition’ LP. Bandcamp) Started Again – This Is The Kit (from ‘Off Off On’ LP. Bandcamp) Orpheus Beach – The Clientele (digital single. Bandcamp) It Doesn’t Have To Be True – Snails (from ‘Hard Wired’ LP. Bandcamp) Northern Slopes – Davey Woodward And The Winter Orphans (from ‘Love and Optimism’ LP. Bandcamp) The Power Of Prayer – Bruce Springsteen (from ‘Letter To You’ LP) Losing My Religion – Quivers (digital single. Bandcamp) go your own way (piano version) – Elizabeth (from ‘The Wonderful World of Nature’ deluxe edition LP. Bandcamp) New Neighbour – U.S.Highball (from ‘Up Top High Doh’ LP. Bandcamp) Memory Tone – Anton Barbeau (from ‘Manbird’ LP. Bandcamp) Fear It – Sulka (digital single. Bandcamp) These Days Are Ours – Candy Opera (from ‘The Patron Saint of Heartache’ LP. Bandcamp) Meet the Lovely Jenny Brown – The Bachelor Pad (from ‘All Hash and Cock’ LP. Bandcamp) Quiero conocer (por tu actitud) – AIKO EL GRUPO (digital single. Bandcamp) Say Goodbye – Riff Doctors (from ‘Strum & Thrum: The American Jangle Underground 1983-1987’ LP. Bandcamp) When All That We Hold Decays – The Luxembourg Signal (from ‘The Long Now’ LP. Bandcamp)
Autumn Arrives – gnac (from ‘Early Recordings vol 4’ LP) Magpie Lane – Belbury Poly (from ‘The Gone Away‘ LP) Layers of Regret – The Leaf Library (from ‘About Minerals’ LP. Bandcamp) Above Our Heads – Sam Prekop (from ‘Comma’ LP. Bandcamp) Buildings Aren’t Haunted, People Are – epic45 (from ‘Cropping The Aftermath’ LP. Bandcamp) Into Autumn – Peter Rogers (from ‘The Stubborn Light Of Things’ LP. Bandcamp) The Murderous Huntsman – David A Jaycock (from ‘Murder, and the Birds’ LP. Bandcamp) Three Ravens – The Rowan Amber Mill (from ‘Golden Strings To Tether The Sun’ LP. Bandcamp) The Man Who Bended Time – trappist afterland (from ‘Seaside Ghost Tales’ LP) Nothing Special – Trees (from ‘The Garden Of Jane Delawney’ LP and on ‘Trees’ LP 50th anniversary edition. Bandcamp) Between A Breath And A Breath – Dyble Longdon (from ‘Between A Breath And A Breath’ LP. Bandcamp) Mount Everest – Dawn Landes (from ‘Row’ LP. Bandcamp) Pink Rabbits – Strand of Oaks (digital single. Bandcamp) Get Famous – The Mountain Goats (from ‘Getting Into Knives’ LP. Bandcamp. YouTube) Favourite Day – European Sun (from ‘European Sun’ LP. Bandcamp) Strange World – PAINT (from ‘Spiritual Vegas’ LP. Bandcamp) Holiday – The Pull of Autumn (from ‘Small Colors’ LP. Bandcamp) Together We’re Alone – Theatre Royal (from ‘Portraits’ LP. Bandcamp) Heart Shaped Clock – The Treasures of Mexico (7″ Single) Crying Behind The Marquee – Emma Kupa (from ‘It Will Come’ LP. Bandcamp)
Thunder Road – Kevin Rowland (from ‘My Beauty‘ LP reissue) Banksia – Alex The Astronaut (from ‘The Theory of Absolutely Nothing‘ LP) It Don’t Rain in Beverly Hills (Original Mix) – Dean & Britta (from ’13 Most Beautiful: Songs For Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests’ LP) Six Syllables – The Very Most (from ‘The Very Most Needs Help’ LP. Bandcamp) I’ll Probably Be Asleep – Hachiku (from ‘I’ll Probably Be Asleep’ LP. Bandcamp) Old Before We’re Young – Jules in Trouble (from ‘Dark Jewels’ EP. Bandcamp) Eel Drip – Penelope Trappes (from ‘Eel Drop’ EP. Bandcamp) The Turning of Our Bones – Arab Strap (single) The Last Exit – Still Corners (digital single. Bandcamp) Never Gonna Let You Go – THE YEARNING (from ‘Only When I’m Dancing’ LP. Bandcamp) Always In Love – A Certain Ratio (from ‘ACR Loco‘ LP) Secrets – Pauline Murray (from ‘Elemental‘ LP) 7 Seconds – Porridge Radio (digital single. Bandcamp) Corporate Indie Band – Swansea Sound (digital single. Bandcamp) If You Ain’t Got Love – The Veras (7″ single) Country Pancake – The Bachelor Pad (from ‘All Hash and Cock’ LP. Bandcamp) Siberian Butterfly – Bob Mould (from ‘Blue Hearts’ LP. Bandcamp) Lost Cause – The Persian Leaps (from ‘Smiling Lessons’ LP. Bandcamp) Skyway – The Replacements (from ‘Pleased To Meet Me’ reissue) Sue’s – Throwing Muses (from ‘Sun Racket’ LP. Bandcamp) Autumn Song – Sneaky Feelings (from ‘The Mercury Moment’ LP. Bandcamp) Pocketful of Sunshine – The Apartments (from ‘In and Out of the Light’ LP. Bandcamp)
Farmers are out with their contraptions cutting back the hedgerows. As I ride past the old Folly End farm shop the cacophony on the other side of the dense green barrier sounds like a multitude of angry hornets.
First commute by bicycle of the new term as I take advantage of no early morning meetings and benign September weather. Over in the west the early sun burnishes the sky above Killerton and I know that whilst my legs feel lethargic it will still be a disappointment not to able to continue on up the valley past the school entrance. Sure enough, when I do turn into the driveway and over the Welcome greeting newly painted on the tarmac, I find I’m already looking forward to riding home again.
In the last decade and a half the vast majority of my rides have ventured broadly westward, southward or northwards from home. I’m not entirely certain why East Devon was spurned during that time, but this year has certainly made up for that. Once more today I head out past Whimple towards Tipton St John, but instead of riding up through Metcombe I take the lane that leads to Lynch Head through Venn Ottery. As the road rises gently above the village I pass The Big House, commanding what must be breathtaking views out over the parish church and across the Otter Vale. In my head I am already writing a 1930s Murder Mystery set in its environs, thoughts that are cruelly interrupted when the road pitches up steeply towards the nature reserve at the peak of the ridge and my breath is captured by the gradients rather than the views.