Inspired by the River Swale and Roger Deakin, I went off to West Burton Falls last night for a moonlight swim. It's a great place which has evolved to the usual Dales limestone design: a horseshoe of cliffs with a waterfall in the middle, a Malham Cove in miniature. (OK, so these days there's no waterfall at Malham Cove, but there used to be).
I squirmed into my shorts and old trainers in the car and made off down the muddy path towards the roar of the waterfall. There's a pool at the foot of the falls (which fall not into the pool but onto a stone table at the head of it), just big enough to swim in. It was very cold and there was a moment as I got in when I thought I couldn't face it. Don't be a great wuss, I said to myself and, sure enough, once I was in, the water was lovely. I swam a couple of "lengths" of the pool (more like "widths" of the conventional, indoor kind). I was joined, briefly, by a swooping bat. It was great, swimming under trees, dark water at eye-level.
I don't know much about this joint project by Capilla Flamenca (an early music group) and Het Collectief (a contemporary music group). I think I've worked out that it combines early music chosen to relate to the zodiac with pieces from Stockhausen's Tierkreis - 12 short pieces based on aspects of signs of the zodiac, originally written for musical boxes, though often played as chamber music. That's all I can tell you. I like listening to it a lot:
5 years ago