TOASTtravels : words from the wild

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A couple of weeks back, on a day punctuated by sudden, soaking downpours, I dragged poor James Melia out to a ruined barn in the middle of the moors.

I’d spotted it from the road months ago – in particular, that arched doorway. I get a greedy, coveting sensation when I see an amazing photo spot, and I decided there and then that this ruin was to be mine.  Mine in the photo sense, anyway.

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James had checked it out on his morning run, and texted to tell me that unfortunately it appeared to be totally inaccessible.
I told him we’d be fine.

& so, in between rainstorms, we bolted from our cars across muddy fields, swampy bogs and herds of cows, camera gear, silk quilt and a tiny, gleeful Orla in tow. “I like mud, Jamie!” she tells him, & then seeing the ruin – “a CASTLE Jamie!”.  Lord knows where she got to be so overfamiliar.

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As we shot, a fine mist of rain began to fall again, as the sun broke through the cloud. Those tiny sparkles in the background of these shots are the result; I suppose some credit goes to James, but at least 75% is clearly mine for insisting on the location. Maybe even 80.

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These photographs accompany a piece I wrote for the TOAST blog about the wildlife words that have been cut from our children’s lexicons & dictionaries – my take, as a one-time linguist, as someone who worked in speech therapy for a decade, as a mother. You can check it out here.

It’s worth a click just to see more of my James’ heavenly photographs.

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Quilt, sweater and wrist warmers, all by TOAST.

Have a lovely weekend, folks! xxx