Wednesday, March 05, 2014
After a winter of too much work, an injured achilles tendon and not enough fun, I decided to go away for the weekend instead of blowing a fuse! My youngest daughter is helping restore an old farmhouse near the Baltic Sea in north-east Germany, and I had a standing invitation to come and have a look. I jumped into the car on Friday afternoon with a box full of organic goodies and whizzed up the autobahn for 3.5 hours. It was a relief to just keep my eyes on the road and have a rest from manic multi-tasking!
The farmhouse was divine - old beams, red bricks and the smell of newly sanded pine floor-boards paired with young people full of enthusiasm - just my cup of tea!
Hannah was in fine fettle and we sat in the huge kitchen eating polenta and fresh veggies, chatting for hours.
I slept for 9 hours solid and woke up feeling like the new dawn! After breakfast I "inhaled" the historic atmosphere of the little village and then we went for a lovely walk along sandy paths between the salt marshlands. My foot felt fine and when we got back to the house I even had a little afternoon snooze for the first time in donkeyīs years!
On Sunday we made Irish scones for old times sake, swapped recipes for green smoothies (avocado, cucumber and mango is amazing....) and then headed off to the seaside. The Baltic was a vast expanse of calm clear water and the air a delight.....
Just for the sheer thrill, I balanced out along to the end of this wave-breaker (ha, just testing my fixed foot...)
In the evening I drove home along the scenic country route and my soul soared like a lark!
Now I am ready to tackle those last few measly kilos - Resilience reigns!
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Observing my life from different angles is an ongoing process - deciding to become stronger in mind and body is a current part of this. I wrote this little poem recently to reflect a shift towards closure with some things in the past and to allow the future more scope to evolve.
Jigsaw puzzle pieces slip in place at last
Ideas taking shape, forming in my mind.
Loose ends trailing past, waiting for a hand
Tying fine neat knots, putting them behind.
Thoughts to rearrange, smooth the jumbled pile
long list of things that were and memories that bind
Wandering down a path, searching for a clue
murky waters still, hands delving for a find.
A rampant garden wild, alive with buds and blooms
leave it to evolve, change my frame of mind
Turning round and round, familiar scenes whirl by
Rolling up that skein and feeling life rewind.
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