He said: “you get your eye in after a bit”
trace wall lines, the culvert of Trub brook, kick up leaf litter
roots, leaves and mycelium disrupts, unseen spores are dust motes on equipment
picked clean: the bones of the mill, the bones of the fence
rainbows on the millpond, oil painting wrinkles on the water’s surface
With thanks to Bob Huddart of the Middleton Archaeological Society for showing me this gift of a site, hidden just from view on the grounds of Hopwood Hall College, Middleton. And thanks to Sonia and Cliff for their patience and willingness to share their experience and knowledge. A prose piece will accompany this in my PhD thesis. My knees are no longer dirty.