Alstonefield 1995 | Peter Riley

In Dovedale a heron swoops into the updraught and sails away.

In the dining room at the George Inn it’s very busy. There’s a family here from one of the camp sites who find they haven’t got enough money for a meal and are embarrassed, and the landlady says, “It’s all right, if you can’t pay you can’t, order what you want and send a cheque later if you can.” This should be the act of an entire economy. I don’t just come here for the scenery.

I walk back to my lodgings through virtuoso bell-ringing.

From the pamphlet and CD 
XIV PIECES (Longbarrow Press, April 2012). The pamphlet and CD can be ordered here. Listen to Peter Riley reading ‘Alstonefield 1995’: