This silence slides easily into an ordinary evening. Fireplace, sofas and pages of The Guardian (weekend section) scattered across the living room. Supplement swapping is necessarily less collaborative than normal so slightly more effort is involved, but not so much that it disturbs the lazy warmth. It is telling that at the end of the silence we continue the activity, without change. I gather a growing awareness that my starting concept of silence is marked by wordlessness.

fireThe Silence Experiment:
Silent: Me and Doreen
Site: Mum’s living room, Windermere
State: Reading by the fire
Surprises: I almost forget I am in the process of the experiment