Walking through the hedge

A playwright on her knees

With so many of my projects paused in 2020 my daily dog walks have increased in frequency and length, often requiring me to pack a pair of secateurs to cut through various overgrown public footpaths.

One particularly dense Hawthorn hedge near Astley Lodge Farm brought to mind Andy Goldsworthy’s actions and words in his beautiful film Leaning Into The Wind :

There’s two different ways of looking at the world. You can walk on the path or you can walk through the hedge.

Walking through any hedge can be uncomfortable at times but well worth it.

Just remember to pack your secateurs…

Vanessa Oakes 2020.

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