This short audio segment conveys several layers of the DREAMING PLACE project with a cottage context. Click play button below to listen in:
“I think of the sound the basic, functional bed springs would have made.
Was it a comfortable bed where who knows how many children were conceived and birthed? Or was it hard, bumpy, damp, the itchy blankets taking ages to heat to a nice temperature warmed by the bodies and the fire.
The organic plant matter of thatch on the scalp of this cottage would have been the first to go. With its roof ripped off by the claws of relentless rain and drizzle and wind, the contents are then defenseless, wide open. They sit and wait.
Drip by drip, year by year, all the memories and worth and quality and goodness of the house erode and dissolve. “
Extract by Susan Hughes after a cycle ride to a tumble down house with her then boyfriend a Donnegall fiddler. The owner of the house would not let anyone take anything from it when his family had moved out many years before.