Icarus, back to earth by choice.

Up on Holy Island for the 3rd time this year. This time as a student. It’s wonderful being here without any organizational concerns. Though I’ve been so dizzily busy of late that it’s taking a while to float back down into my body.


  1. R.J.

    August 10, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    I notice a little Brazilian flag on the sandal. Is that where you got it? Icarus and Brazil recently came together in a way that had a lot of personal meaning for me. And now I find them together again. Seeing that I found this blog because of “Escape to the Country”, and the path that led me to that show was long and strange, perhaps the Universe is telling me something. Maybe it’s time for me to come down to Earth.
    In any case, I love the photo.

  2. Courtney

    August 13, 2008 at 6:57 am

    It’ll be good to just let go and enjoy the island for a
    while. You deserve it after the busy schedule you’ve had

  3. Karyne Whalen

    August 17, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    I just caught your show for the first time on BBC Canada, googled you and found your blog! I love this pic- it evokes summer relaxation, which sounds like you need! I also love it because I love the sea. I can smell the salt air in this pic! All the best! Karyne

  4. Karyne Whalen

    August 20, 2008 at 4:53 am

    I love this pic and how you encapsulated summer for me!:) I LOVE the sea and can smell it in this pic! Here in Canada, I live near Toronto so no sea for miles. However, Lake Ontario is a good second choice! I just recently saw your show for the first time and am enjoying it! Have a great holiday, Karyne

  5. R.J.

    August 21, 2008 at 12:50 am

    So, you’re taking a little escape to the country.

  6. J.J

    August 25, 2008 at 7:53 am

    I’ve found Holy Isle has an unusual amount of heart shaped
    stones along the beach. (And, occasionally, elsewhere. A
    beautiful specimen once presented itself to me while I was
    doing a spot of weeding in the veg garden)

    I found myself scanning this picture for them!
    …And I’m sure I can spy one on the left hand side of the

  7. Jon

    August 26, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    Hi Alistair, just been checking out your blog, quite a good read. I will save in my favourites and come back to it.

    If you know of any three bedroom houses, with loads of land in a good location, give us a shout LOL. Great site and great presenting,keep up the good work.


  8. dana

    August 29, 2008 at 1:19 am


    Even your toes are cute.

  9. Susan

    September 25, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    I agree, Dana. Nature has bestowed bountiful gifts on Alistair – I hope he appreciates them – we certainly do!!

  10. St

    October 28, 2008 at 6:52 am

    I have always enjoyed reading your essays on your blog and
    have to admit that your photography is just as wonderful as
    your stories. I have been waiting patiently (at least 3
    years) to finally see a picture of your foot (feet) posted
    on your blog, ( I have a quirk, what can I say).
    With that being said I have to admit that I am disappointed
    in the picture above because it does not do you justice.

    So I am asking Alistair, how long will I have to wait
    until I see a picture of both your feet walking along the

  11. gl

    November 11, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    I agree with St and dana!
    Give us more of your toes, please!
    Now you’ve got us begging.

  12. John

    February 2, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Thank you for your insights into the human condition. You give so much love and meaning to life that I have been able to find my inner being. Thank you. Peace and love from a friend in Ohio USA

  13. michael

    October 2, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Hello Alistair, I have recently come across your website,which i’m glad i have.Can i ask is there a meaning with the feather between your toes? Take care

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