middle-of-nowhere garden, Buissenal, Belgium
Nicely tucked away in the middle of Le Pays Des Collines lies Stro(o)m, a space for play, exchange, resilience, .... and many other things. Under construction but softly growing, day by day.
The small village of Buissenal is part of the PNPC (Parc Naturel des Pays des Collines), one of the few scarcely populated regions left in Belgium. Stro(o)m consists of a little old farmhouse, some sheds and stables, with a stream running behind it, surrounded by gardens and fields. The closest neighbours are cows. This time of year, the garden is invaded by brooding pheasants (and my two fierce young cats chasing them around).
Due to climatic changes but mostly human interference, many indigenous bird species have become rare or extinct. During the stream, I will once in a while digitally add some of those now silent birds to the morning choir, so as to create a dialogue between past and present - and who knows, a possible future when humans will no longer be around...
List of participating artists for the live stream choir: parus major, phasianus colchicus, picus viridis, phoenicus ochruros, turdus merula, phylloscopus collybita, ...
List of (nearly) extinct solo singers: lanius excubitor, tetrastes bonasia, caprimulgus europaeus, picus canus, ...
(thanks to soortenbank.nl and la liste rouge des oiseaux en Wallonie)