Field trip to Skenfrith, a small village in south-east Wales close to the border between Wales and England. Exploring Skenfrith castle we found the River Monnow running past, a tree inside the castle compound, walls with jagged teeth, bits they’d tried to restore. We met here because it’s the middle point, a meeting point. I have a quote from Roni Horn written down in my book which says ‘when you have only one, you have only one, when you have two you have the space between, plus you’ve got the difference, and the difference is where everything opens up’. We met in that middle space.
There’s something a little magical about train journeys
You step on in one city and are easily (normally) transported to another. You’ve sat among handfuls of people who are essentially strangers, all travelling for different reasons, and that one thing that binds you together is that you have the desire to travel and see somewhere else.
One of my favourite bits of train track is along the south coast, through places like Teignmouth and Dawlish. You get to travel metres from the waters edge and it’s wonderful.
Being on a train makes me feel alive, and I often find it inspiring – inspiring me to go and get life, showing me how much more there is out there than I have seen so far.