Hiatus. . .
The Ice Bear Project

A brief hiatus from my hiatus...

Morris Dancers 1

Okay, okay, I know I'm not supposed to be posting until I've met my deadline, but I just can't resist sneaking this one in. I'm at work in my office/studio, which is above the shops in the center of my village...and Morris dancers have suddenly appeared in the street below my window. (Having no camera at hand, I used the camera mounted in my laptop to snap these pictures.) As a truck driver's kid from Pennsylvania & New Jersey, I never lose my sense of wonder at having ended up in such a magical place as Dartmoor. Accordion and fiddle music floats into the studio, and I'm thinking: Toto, we're not in Kansas anymore.

Morris Dancers 2
Morris Dancers 3  

If, by the way, you think that Morris dancing is irredeemably twee, check out "Border Morris" troupes, like Dartmoor's own Beltane Border Morris company. (They're straight out of a Charles de Lint novel.)