A window of opportunity in the weather this week meant I could take a couple of hours to wander and think.

I was struck by my conversations with Anna the significance of investigating deep time in order to predict the future. What can these mosslands tell us about our environment and more importantly our future environments?

καιρός – Kairos is an Greek word meaning Time (Ancient Greek) and Weather (Modern Greek) which is defined in relation to the surroundings and revealed in fleeting experiences.

Invisible horizons in our everyday landscapes – how much can the chemistry in the air and below the surface tell us about the climate condition?

Create access to invisible worlds which are present all around – we are part of the process of those worlds but have lost the connection.

Thinking about how to respond to καιρός  – the conditions needed for certain climate changes to occur.  I am interested in the tipping points of these spaces, what is happening between things in a performative exchange.

Can art expand our awareness as I seek to better understand what we do not see?

‘An experiment is a kind of conversation with plants’

‘I have a question for them but since I do not speak the same language I can’t ask them directly, and they won’t answer verbally, but plants can be eloquent in their physical responses and behaviours. Plants answer questions by the way they live, by their responses to change. You just need to learn how to ask.’

‘Experiments are not about discovery, but about listening and translating the knowledge of other beings’ 

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants

by Robin Wall Kimmerer



Spent a wonderful morning on the 22nd with Anna Keightley discussing her work and passion for the mosslands of greater Manchester.

I am extremely grateful for her continued patience with my constant questions and limited understanding.

Key things that we discussed with a view to finding common ground for a creative response:

Invisible elements; exchanges; below the surface; chemical signatures;measurements;UV; colour; indicators of climate change; patience; recording the small changes.


The passing of time allow experiences to overlap, layers of the landscape build to suspend layers of memory and history. Sedimental layers preserved in time, captured and held in place suspended in the land unseen, waiting for us to reimagine and reveal.

It is my intention over the coming year to observe this living, dynamic landscape revealing how it is shaped, experienced, valued and imagined.


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Over the coming weeks I will be revisiting Little Woolden Moss, reacquainting myself with this old friend.

When we walk within a landscape, move around it, feel it, listen to it, we begin to translate and decode the markers of Haecceity. First proposed by John Duns Scotus (1266–1308), a haecceity is a non-qualitative property responsible for individuation and identity. That property or quality of a thing by virtue of which it is unique or describable as ‘this (one)’.