‘Island solitude’ harks back to our early days of exploring glittering Scandinavian waterways under sail, of archipelagos akin to giant’s stepping stones, navigating with no fixed destination, and encountering rocky shadows to escape upon.
A memoir of gliding through the shallows, bow gently coming to rest on the pebbly shore, the slippery touch of damp rock moss underfoot, and the fragrant green embrace of gnarled crabapple and dog rose.
‘Freedom to roam’ reflects an ancient Scandinavian law and an open invitation to explore all corners of the mighty peninsula provided only footsteps are left behind.
It’s a chronicle of journeys into the highlands and wildernesses along the remote northerly borders, foraging for herbs and berries, and hiking heather-lined trails above the tree line with only the stars for company.
‘Remote refrain’ is inspired by a return trip to Hardangerfjord during spring blossom last year, and of following the orchard-lined fruit trail that meanders from brackish shore to forest edge and back again.
Written as a sonnet to fresh pear, its delicate white flowers and the subtle honey scent of their pollen, carefully wrapped inside the sensory amphitheatre of fjordland and accented by the watery reverb of its surrounding falls.