Here’s the thing.
When I ask my old man (in truth, he’s only 30, same as me) what kind of wild euphoric sex he’d like to have under a pear tree, he asks what sort of pear I have in mind. Is it Beurré d’Anjou, perchance, Bon Rouge, or plain old Conference?
This sums up how his brain works, the clunk-clunk-chug of its cogly machinations. I mention this as prelude to what he calls a field trip and I call a country walk. Not in search of pear trees, but to look for mountain hares. As usual this begins with a Great Long List and a Big Fat Book. Which is why it takes forever to plan, and why it’s late February before we start out on what’s known as The Great Expedition. It’s a crispy sort of morning, with whiffs of frost impermed with scents of spring: the tilting cusp of the shifting year, he says, even though it’s frozen stationary.
I heard about the mountain hares from a bloke at work, and my old man gets obsessed with finding some himself. He searches the library’s Natural History section (shelf-marks 508.07 to 508.333, sub-sectioned by region in Dewey Decimal) and he finds there are indeed a group of hares settled on the grit-stone moors, a few miles from the city. Just like I said. ‘March hares’, he calls them, so naturally we go out in February to look. He’s always ahead of himself; or maybe I just lag behind.
Anticipation, in whatever form, I’ve found to be unwise. ...
The page you have requested is restricted to subscribers only. Please enter your username and password and click on 'Continue'.
If you have forgotten your username and password, please enter the email address you used when you joined. Your login
details will then be emailed to the address specified.
If you are already a member and have not received your login details, please email us,
including your name and address, and we will supply you with details of how to access the archived material.
If you are not a member and would like to enjoy the growing online archive of Stand Magazine
, containing poems, articles, prose and reviews,
why not subscribe
to the website today?