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  • Writer's pictureChristine Collister

Autumn's golden light

Blogpost No10 October 2022

Another whirlwind month has flown by! These offerings seem to clamour for my attention quicker and quicker. So here we are in October … can you believe it? I love it when we get deeper into Autumn. The change in the light and the leaves on the trees is nature's magical performance. Colours galore! Here's a seasonally appropriate song from Collister&Fix's North&South:

I've been dipping at twilight most of the month and the sea has been a feast for the senses. Sometimes balmy and welcoming but nudging now into freezing cold and turbulent … the waves seem to be asking the question: “are you sure you want to be here?” Yes is the answer! Yes!

Children Of The Sea is still in the mixing stages. DAM studios have been otherwise engaged these last few weeks but Wednesday and Thursday next week are ear-marked with the hope they will glean the final polished mixes. The art and written word side of the process will then have my undivided attention. It’s all very exciting.

In keeping with revealing a glimpse of each of these new songs, here’s a snippet from song number 8 “The Sound Of Infinity” and this is the inspiration behind it:

“On Dalby mountain the old Manx people used to put their ears to the earth at ‘Sheean ny Feaynid’ (the Sounds of Infinity), to hear sounds which were like murmurs. They thought these sounds came from beings in space; for in their belief all space is filled with invisible beings.”

(source: William Cashen’s Manx Folklore (1912)

Next Thursday evening my Friends (Lindsay, Steve and Callum Rowe, Jo Callister and Christy DeHaven) and I have our first rehearsal for our upcoming show at The Centenary Centre in Peel - Saturday November 12th! Tickets now on sale via the website; Celtic Gold in Peel; Corlett’s The Jewellers in Douglas and the Travel Agency Port Erin and … should you see me around and about I have a few on my person I can sell to you directly ;-). It should be a delightful evening - we’re excited. I hope many of you here on the island can come along. I have no idea if we’ll be able to livestream any of it for those of you not on this tiny piece of geological perfection but if we can we will!

Bob and I had a lovely experience this week when a dear friend of Bob’s came to the island to see us (for less than 24 hours!). Bob and Leo met many years ago now when they both lived in London. Leo's originally from New Zealand and now lives in Western Australia and came all the way to Europe ostensibly to attend a wedding this weekend but couldn’t justify flying all this way just to go to one event; so he made plans to see as many friends "topside"as he could, in a relatively short space of time. He’s already been to Portugal, London, St Albans and after seeing us, made his way to Leominster then onto Scotland for the wedding then onwards to Sweden before flying down under once more. What a heady trip! We definitely showed him a good time however short his visit was … he fell in love with mum! We took him to Peel, Niarbyl, The Sound, Port Erin, Port St Mary and Castletown before dropping him off at Ronaldsway on Wednesday afternoon. What a joy to spend time with good friends and share our love of this place, for the time being, we call home.

This weekend sees me clearing out the greenhouse. There are a few tomatoes still ripening but they’ll continue that process off the vine and I’ve had several bright yellow capsicums present themselves this week which has totally thrilled me. There are also … a clutch of green pointy peppers (very technical) starting to glow red - it’s a minor miracle! However the majority of grow-bags and whatever organic matter they still hold, will be added to the compost heaps that Bob diligently attends. There are still pots with growing seedlings, mostly purple sprouting broccoli and a whole host of fabulous garlic bulbs fattening (I hope:) in their separate containers. There is great satisfaction in tending to all growing things.

Next month I should have footage of our Centenary Centre show on November 12th but here as a reminder of our love of performing together is a reprise of the first half of the Christine Collister & Friends show at the Erin Arts Centre in July.

Thanks as always for taking the time to drop by and take a look at what’s been going on over the last month and have a sneak peak into what’s coming ... up ever-so-quickly! I really do appreciate you.

Endless blessings you gorgeous beings of light!

Till next time … stay well and keep rising above the turbulence.

Christine x

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