The middle of the residency and visit no. 6. I am later today and the cleaning ladies are in the church. I find it hard to settle. Feeling flat.
I read The Spirit of Silence. I am not inspired.
Do some sketches of the choir figures again.
Look at the eagle lectern, her head stretches up and out, as if she is going to launch and fly frenetically round the roof space.
I eat my sandwich. Do some more sketches.
I sit in silence. Waiting. Silence: a period of rest, like a field lying fallow. Music: sound and silence.
The Sacristan enters the church and the silence is broken. I settle again and sit.
Perhaps I need to get on with making. Decide to leave earlier than usual and go to collect more soil samples. The sea at Rock a Nore is huge and splashing right up on the cliff. On the West Hill the wind buffets and pushes me as I spoon up the soil.