Deakin’s ‘Wildwood’ pt.II

Twilight, the gradual softening of the day into darkness, is surely the gentlest, most natural way to prepare for sleep. And yet it is a pleasure we deny ourselves with the switch on the bedside lamp. Even the guttering of a candle or the afterglow of a paraffin lantern is less abrupt. A couple of generations ago most country people went to bed when it was dark, at least in summertime. And so we miss the time of darkling shades in which our pupils dilate by slow degrees and dreams drift in as, wide-eyed, we enter the rook-black night.

– from the late author, Roger Deakin’s recently-published ‘Wildwood – A Journey Through Trees’ (pp.47-8).


3 Responses to “Deakin’s ‘Wildwood’ pt.II”

  1. Chris Says:

    Beautiful! …and what an alluring title for a book. I’ll look it out. Thanks!

  2. Chris Says:

    This theme on what we’ve lost in nighttime has been followed up by others too, for instance Roger Ekirk’s Close of the Day: a History of Nighttime. (Thanks to Peter Brown for the reference) See this review,6121,1538823,00.html

  3. drfrank Says:

    Hi Chris, Looks a cracking read – thank you. If you haven’t already, check out one of my favourite stories, that of Mucky Porter, who’s knowledge of the fens enabled him to guide others past all the night time bogles and boggarts:

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