Today things that make me happy at random – although I think that happiness is often the ability to live in the moment. To avoid untimely gossip, to maintain one’s health if one can, to endeavour to be kindly and to hope for the best.
So here goes – my adorable sons – pic taken in the 70s.
My lovely and sometimes crazy grandchildren – now grown up
where did the time go?
The bluebells at Heaven farm – love the place.
Things include my great aunt’s pastry cutters – I just love the design – and the memories of her making biscuits.
Sadly she lost her potential husband in the Great War, another reminder of our privileged lifestyles.
‘Pop in and write poetry’ at the Open Art Cafe in Rottingdean –
I love the sessions and the poets.
The tortoise (for Bridget)
When the tortoise crawls out of hibernation from the box of straw
will the rings of her ancient shell shield her from regret
will her wrinkly head recall the sound of that voice
the haunting echo of her wild warm laugh as it’s mouth
takes it’s first bite into a life sustaining lettuce leaf?
Are tortoises bereft of feeling? Is that the secret of their longevity?
Our best friends Jean and Mado Roy, who are French.
Eating Apricots in France
(for Jean and Mado)
Under the sun umbrella
on the terrace
old friends meet.
Watching the mist on mountains
listening to the call of the cowman
urging his herd to milking.
Eating apricots, sipping wine,
a gentle informality,
born of shared memories.
The orchids on the window seat – I usually buy them reduced and past their best and then nurture them!
‘Liberace’ a marionette shares their grandeur!
One of the presents students from Japan brought for my mother. She became the Principal of the Royal School of Needlework at 60! ‘One day you’ll get a proper job’ she used to say! The cheek of it, I had had three! The gifts are all handmade!
A tree-house – absolutely love it -not mine unfortunately.
Sunsets – two of many.
A cheeky squirrel in the Pavilion Gardens.
A great guy who makes funny films himself and with an autobiography to his name called ‘Strawberries to the Moon’ on Kindle – available on Amazon.
The allotment on the Weald – I have a whole web ‘for love of my allotment’ and a page on this one devoted to the plot!
My cousin in California who was in the Fleet Air Arm and won medals for bravery. A dear man who now emails me ‘Dear Octopus’ with tales of his life and love for Louise his wife.
The mittens Catherine Meak made for me, very special – I call them poets mittens.
My amazing garden birds.
My long suffering partner Alan who plays wonderful music, does most of the washing up and who often checks my posts!