Thursday, April 29, 2010
The last couple of days have been a highlight.
Last week a cousin who I haven't seen since I was fourteen, that's fortyseven years ago though we have corresponded every now and again, rang to say she'd be in the area. So we arranged to meet midway in a seaside town she hadn't visited in thirty years.
We met on Tuesday.
She rang and gave me details of when her bus got in and I arranged to meet her at the bus station.
I duly arrived and waited for her.
Five buses pulled in almost together and I was surrounded by people when I suddenly realised I had no idea what she looked like and she had no idea about me either!
Gradually the crowd dispersed and I was left sat on my seat at one side of the station whilst a lone lady was sat on another seat at the opposite side of the station.....it had to be her!
I walked across as she slowly got up and tentatively said 'Alma?' she nodded and it was like the forty seven years had never gone past.
We had a wonderful day by the seaside doing touristy things.
Riding the little minature land train, visiting the local stately home gardens, walked the spa, the promenade and the pier.....and with the fresh air giving us an appetite we also, rather naughtily, ate fish & chips and icecream!
The morning was sunny and warm but the afternoon turned dull with a chilly north wind so we sat in a little cafe with a hot drink while we looked at photographs we'd both brought and of course we talked and talked and talked.....
I'd been worried it would be a long day as I'd had to set off at 7.30am to be there in time and her bus wasn't leaving until 4.45pm which meant we wouldn't be back home until around 7.30 pm.
I was also worried it wasn't quite the season for the seaside and things would be closed but we managed well, it went so quickly and we walked a long way without realising.
Then yesterday a distant cousin I'd met for the first time only a few weeks ago through my love of genealogy arranged for us to go and find out about a brave relative who'd fought in WW1.
We didn't really know each other as I'd never met her until I spent a day with her and her dad when they'd come to visit me a few weeks previously but we got along really well and had a very enjoyable day.
We found our mutual relative's war discharge papers and his service record which even gave a description of his eye & hair colour, height, weight etc. but sadly no photograph.
We finished up with afternoon tea in a beautiful little tearoom near the picturesque little village where he'd been born, found the house he lived in and the school he was taught at, visited the churchyard and found his grave with it's headstone that gave us more details of his life.
Sadly there are no other descendants living there now.
I've really enjoyed those two days, both different but both family matters.
And I've forged new links for an old friendship and a new friendship.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
I've been feeling really off it this last week or so with a Gilberts flare-up and of course the weather's been beautiful when I didn't feel well enough to garden and still is now I'm finally feeling a lot better and ought to do some housework!
I kept looking at it yesterday and finding bits of dust, a fingerprint on the door, a smear on a window so this morning when I got up and felt much more myself I decided enough is enough and to get down to it.....that was at eight am.....LOL.....it's now twelve ten and as yet I haven't started!
When I think about it logically I've really been quite busy.....
reading the paper, watching the birds on the feeders, wandering around the garden to see the new spring growth, talking to my friend on the telephone, washing the breakfast pots, reading a couple of chapters in my current book, I've done a bit on my computer too, e-mailed a friend, added some names to my family tree, Sparked (still on it!!) but sadly no housework!!
The sun's warm, the wind's light, the garden's calling me..... Martha-Aaaann..... Martha-Aaaann.... Martha-Aaaann.....
I've actually written on my Spark feed I'm going to do some housework!!
I've still got hours left to this day and my new rockery plants need bedding in, the borders need a shim and the the seat near the pond, under the cherry tree boughs profuse with blossom and buzzing with bees, has my name on it.....I think I'll have my lunch there and see how things pan out after that.....
My favourite seat by the pond.....well what would you do?
The cherry tree's awash with blossoms and bees
Thursday, April 08, 2010
Today is one of THOSE days.....you know the kind when you wake up full of the joys of Spring and glad to be alive.
I'm sure you've all had them.
Well, today is my 'Glad to be alive' day.
We'd a good hard frost again last night so the early morning air was chilly. Everywhere was clothed in a crisp white layer.
I looked back at my footprints across the lawn, showing black against the crispy whiteness.
I wandered near the pond watching the fish gliding around flashing glints of silver, gold and orange.
As the sun rose and warmed everything, shining it's golden glow around the garden the crisp white frost melted.
Flowers opened, the bees came buzzing in and even a butterfly graced the first open flower of my magnolia.
Two swallows arrived here from Africa way yesterday afternoon and they were busy building up the front entrance of last years nest that winter has ravaged, swooping down for the soft mud in my bog garden and flying with beaksful to rebuild their nest under the eaves.
A loved up pair of collared doves were billing and cooing to each other before mating precariously on the top of the fence and the frogs were singing love songs in the pond and laying great clumps of transluscent spawn.
I stood amongst all this, in my night attire, steaming cup in hand, and drank in the beauty of the day.
Nature's wonderful and I'm so glad to be alive.
The loved up collared doves
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
One of my Sparkteams is Shutterbugs, a fun group for anyone out there who loves taking photographs.....good, bad or otherwise!
Every week we have an assignment which we interpret any way we want...it's amazing to see see all the different ways this can be done.
This weeks assignment is 'Your library & books'.
I live in a little village which doesn't have a library.....BUT.....we do have a mobile!
A mobile is a very well kitted out van which appears every Wednesday afternoon and brings a wealth of books, CD's, videos etc and with internet accesss.
It got me thinking this assignment.....I love to read, always have.....anything & everything. Really though my first love has to be poetry.....Oh! and history! .....Oh! and geography!....Oh! and art!...Oh! everything really!!!
Where would I be without my books?
You can look things up on the internet but it doesn't give you the same thrill as opening the covers to those hidden words which are going to fill your head with a picture.
And everyone has a different picture!
There are millions of interpretations for the same sentence!
You lose yourself in some intriguing tale of mystery, sorrow or plain old adventure...
You transport yourself to different lands...
You really meet the people in the text...
You are the hero or heroine...
You are the story!
You marvel at the artists work...
You marvel at far away places you know you'll never visit...
You marvel at the world and all it contains...
You wish you'd invented something...
You wish you'd been there when history was made...
BUT, you are there...
Books take you there...
They cut the mediocre and make it special...
They allow you the freedom of flight of fancy....
They give you happiness...
Where would I be without my books?
This anonymously written poems sums it up perfectly.
I've travelled the world twice over,
Met the famous, saints & sinners,
Poets, artists, Kings & Queens,
Old stars and hopeful beginners.
I've been where no-one's been before,
Learned secrets from writers and cooks,
All with one library ticket
To the wonderful world of books.
Our village library van...my flight of imagination!
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