Accidently catching the wrong train I jumped out at Polegate and decided to head to Berwick from there. I headed out past Warnock Coppice, Warnock Lane and into the curiously named Paragon Fields. Up onto the Downs after a hefty hike up the hill and down towards Jevington. Next, through the village and then back onto farmland with Folkington to the North, eventually approaching Windover Hill from the East. It has been some time since I visited the Long Man in person although I see him from the train window most days on my way to work. There is a cache hidden in the general area of this chalk giant (second largest geoglyph of a human form in the world, I’ve read) and it is an adequate size for dropping a cd, which I did. (Am also reading Rodney Castleden’s ‘ The Wilmington Giant ’ at the moment – some very interesting stuff in it which I might write a little about here once I’ve absorbed the entire thing).
By this stage the light was fading fast so despite any notions of locating another cache in the area I felt it was probably best to head for home. I followed the South Downs Way to Lullington Road, followed by a lengthy trek down Alfriston Road (thank Christ for footpaths) and a dicey few minutes dodging traffic on the un-footpathed section of Station Road into Berwick. I only had a cheapo dyno- flashlight with me which makes a considerable racket when you squeeze the trigger, without giving off much light. I kept imagining how disconcerting it would be if I passed another walker alone in the dark, with me furiously pumping the dynamo and wheezing past with only the faintest dribble of torchlight to guide me. Amusing.
Maybe I’ll record the torch and use it in a track: have been using some long field recordings in some of the newer pieces I’ve done recently. They’re very nice to play along with, especially if you have listened through the recording beforehand and can anticipate the more significant sonic changes. I made quite a few nice recordings from my bedroom window in Brighton in the lead up to and directly after Halloween, fireworks are a lot of fun to record.