The Last Post. Cosmo’s Post
I don’t think the formula of 1-7 years works in relation to dog and human life spans. The vet told me he was dying at an average age for a dog his size. This summer I had plans to really make the most of our walks together, and let the walking really stimulate my artistic output. But now I am left feeling cheated out of about two final years together. I find it painful to walk in the woods now as a blend of nostalgia and melancholy wafts over me. Cosmo was the reason for the walks, and I struggle without him, walking in a woodlands context. Other areas of my life are unaffected by the loss.
So this post shows my tribute to my companion Cosmo who I now realise had been my work mate, my inspiration, my shadow, my muse and my friend.
About five months ago I installed 'Cosmo’s Post' in the woods. I got permission from the owners of the woodlands, who were very understanding and allowed me to make the tribute. I made it from the trunk of a Chestnut tree from Thornden Wood.
We spent a lot of time together in these woods, while I was artist in residence there he came to work with me every day. We spent many whole days in there together. I have got to know these woodlands very well as we walked in there most days for nearly ten years. We have seen changes of ownership and land management policies, as well as the changing seasons.
The post depicts episodes of our times in these woods, it has wild flowers, a deer, horses, crows and oak trees. Several images of Cosmo and his foot prints plus a little bit of text and dates.
|Cosmo's post 6 months later|
I placed it right over the back of the woods close to the Wildwood Zoo, it’s a nice part and one of the remotest, the approach pathways are particularly overgrown this summer. The Zoo have replaced the wild boar Cosmo barked at with about a dozen deer. Lots of crows, as there is a Rookery there. It is my favourite part of the whole Blean Woodland and has Gatekeeper butterflies. To read my award winning artists blog A walk With Cosmo (click here). I followed that about 5 years later with a second blog 'Another Walk With Cosmo' and to read that (click here)
So R.I.P. Cosmo.
|travel well - my friend|