For and to

autumn pond 2017

for       to

retreat : mid autumn 2017

This place is for doing, making, and thinking.

This place is of and for the feminine, in the way Hélène Cixous thought the feminine - as a mode of being and doing that moves between (mere) gender, as a poetic force, an opening to life. A place for those of like mind -- this doesn't mean in agreeance -- to retreat. The house, a cottage, a studio, a folly (Noela called it 'robot house')for sitting and for siting: East-West-South-North — small dwellings in the paddocks - ?

For doing nothing, for doing something, for becoming tired, for resting, for sleeping, for sitting, for action, for wonder, for precarity, for learning, for not knowing, for weak not-yet-thought, for healing and for strength.

For cutting, for burning, for twisting and unfurling. For planting. For growing and speculating, for building and razing, for purposing again. For meeting and for solitude. For sharing. A place to behold, to beheld.

To organise, to watchover, to gather, to sort, to store, to archive, to preserve for later. To dig, to mound, to tie, and to unravel, to carry HEFT, to cast spells and metals.

To paint, re-colour, to plant, to trim, to construct, destruct. To contemplate. To encounter and be thrilled (thanks L). To look and to hear. To write, to draw, to watch and to listen. To stitch, to roll, to twist, to loop and to knit.

To smell the air, to feel the weather: to organise your day and night around its movement. To read, to cut, to lay down one letter after another letter, making one word next to another, one sentence and another, to stop and then to start over again …


1. the forced or strategic withdrawal of an army or an armed force before an enemy, or the withdrawing of a naval force from action.
2. the act of withdrawing, as into safety or privacy; retirement; seclusion.
3. a place of refuge, seclusion, or privacy: The library was her retreat.
4. an asylum, as for the insane.
5. a retirement or a period of retirement for religious exercises and meditation.
6. Military. a flag-lowering ceremony held at sunset on a military post.
the bugle call or drumbeat played at this ceremony.
7. the recession of a surface, as a wall or panel, from another surface beside it.

verb (used without object)
8. to withdraw, retire, or draw back, especially for shelter or seclusion.
9. to make a retreat: The army retreated.
10. to slope backward; recede: a retreating chin.
11. to draw or lead back.

12. beat a retreat, to withdraw or retreat, especially hurriedly or in disgrace.