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Paragliders.

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Well I guess it’s raining men!!

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Connection at last. On and off and on and off and on and…

Well after one week on holiday and almost one week off line with a broken modem it seems like an age since I was last here.

I will now have to spend quite a time catching up etc.

So, for now I will upload a couple of our lovely, lovely holiday piccies and a story that I have just had published on Shortbread

The Northern Lights

(Fan Fic Alert – this has a bit of a nod to George RR Martin and his White Walkers.)

I don’t know who you are but there are things I must ask of you.  First though,   thank you for discovering these papers.  I can’t know what else you have found, what is left of me up here in this lonely place.  If what you have seen will haunt your nights and torment your mind then I am deeply sorry, I would not have wished for that.

Please, if you can, take the envelopes in this box and post them for me.  They are for my family in London.  My dear family who didn’t want me to come.  They never understood my need to travel alone to this remote part of Sweden.  They had long despaired of my incessant drive to seek out and see the wonder that is the Aurora Borealis.  Please send them my letters.  They carry my love and my regret for the hole I have torn in their quiet lives because of my obsession with natural phenomena.

I have been a seeker of nature’s blessings for years and have reaped bounty upon bounty.  I have thrilled at the vision of comets fizzing through the heavens.   I have watched burning dawns flood scarlet deserts, blue moons and dark eclipses of the sun that caused the birds to roost and the world to chill in the middle of a summer day.  I swam with rainbows of fish over reefs of glowing coral and I have walked into a glacier and marvelled at its cerulean beauty.  I have seen the green flash at sunset and the flight of cranes against the autumn sky.  My heart soared as I played with dolphins in tropical waters that twinkled with the glitter of magic.  Always alone, no dilution of the experience. There has been so much more and yet for me the crowning glory was to be the Northern Lights.

I meant no harm.  I wished to take nothing with me save my memories and photographs and, like the careful traveller I have always been I tried to tread gently on the precious earth. I don’t know what I did.  I don’t understand.

As I write this now, I can hear them.  The low, low hum of them coming and I have no more matches and the fire has died.  I have no light save that of the gibbous moon and I can hear them coming.

Last night I fended them off with burning brands.  They are afraid of flame.  I pray that whoever you are you have fire.  Guns are of no use, knives are helpless.  There was a rifle here when I arrived.  In a box and intended for protection.  It was no protection; only the blaze of living flame fought them back.

If you still have daylight, leave now.  Do not waste a second.  Do not believe that you will be safe, even if you are with a group.  Their numbers swell until the forest is obliterated by them and the air is alive with the thrum of their steps.

Oh leave, leave now and take my letters and tell them of the horror that is here and tell them that none must come.  Tell the world that these forests and these magnificent, sparkling fields are cursed and must be left to the terror that walks the snow.

May heaven help you and deliver you safely from here.  I am going to go out and face them tonight, I will not meet my fate cowering in the corner like a whipped dog but I am sore afraid.  Pray to your God for my soul.

I am going.

Holiday pics!!

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Hey Tonia

Arcachon is a big boating community and they do look gorgeous sailing out to the ocean.

I spotted this one and it made me think of your super book, Blue Diamonds. Tonia Marlowe – I bet this boat isn’t as beautiful as the one in your story but it was blue and it was a boat!!

 

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We’re back. A couple of poems and a picture.

So, arrived back from the seaside last night to find that the interweb was broke – it wasn’t me.

Tons of sorting out to do and the tent is covered in tree sap from the pine trees so that’ll need a clean.  However, one lovely surprise was that my little Poem The Wedding Gown got the most votes in the Flash Poesy competition on Authonomy so, without further ado here it is.  I was absolutely thrilled that it was so well liked.

 

The Wedding Gown. 

It draws me from my slumber
A spectre in the night.
The moon has found the buttons
And sprinkled them with light.
I cross my lonely bedroom,
The boards are cold and bare
And I reach into the corner
For it still is hanging there.
My fingers stroke the satin,
The ancient, precious lace.
I hold it close against me
A cloud upon my face.
The train it falls in wavelets
Folds so pure and white
But the garland made of rosebuds
Is dark against the night.
Now tears of sadness blind me
As I turn and walk away
Never and forever will it be our wedding day.


Where we stayed at Pyla there are wonderful sunsets and the residents on the camp site gather on the top of the dunes to watch each night.  It is a special moment, often there is a particular atmosphere as many nationalities gather together to watch the display.

We have lots of photographs and I’m going to post some but here is just one taken at random for the collection. (If you want any of these as clean copies (without the teeny watermark, just drop me a line and I’ll email it to you)

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This made me think of the Villanelle that I did a week of so ago.

Flight

The geese are leaving in the evening light
I want to hold them and not have it so
Beat on beat on into the endless night

My life goes with them as they take to flight
Skeins and ribbons in the fading glow
The geese are leaving in the evening light

The stars are glimmering like diamonds bright
The moon will soon put on its magic show
Beat on beat on into the endless night

I watch them now until they’re out of sight
My eyes are streaming as I see them go
The geese are leaving in the evening light

I won’t be here to greet the new spring flight
I feel my heart now as it starts to slow
Beat on beat on into the endless night

I watched them soaring in the shadowed height
I feel the life force cease its vibrant flow
The geese are leaving in the evening light
Beat on beat on into the endless night.

 

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Beautiful Bath

This last weekend we went to Bath to watch the fireworks.  They were brilliant even though the whole thing was rather “Damp”!  Actually somebody was having fun, the rain started just as we gathered in the garden to watch the display and finished as we sogged our way back into the house to put clothes in the tumbler and take turns with the hair dryer.

It is a beautiful city and wearing its autumn colours  it was just too good to pass without sharing some pictures.

The Weir on the River Avon.

The Weir on the River Avon.

A beautiful walk into town beside the river.

A beautiful walk into town beside the river.

Stained glass window inside Bath Abbey

Stained glass window inside Bath Abbey

The Amazing ceiling above the main aisle in Bath Abbey

The Amazing ceiling above the main aisle in Bath Abbey

Incredible architecture and it looks so delicate.

Incredible architecture and it looks so delicate.

Peregrine Falcons nest in this spire

Peregrine Falcons nest in this spire

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Just one of many pretty bridges in the town

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Back in the UK

So here we are back in the West Midlands.  It was hard to leave the woods when the trees were just turning gold but it’s great to be near to the family for a while.

It’s a long journey and we take our time.  We have our lovely VW truck and we spend two nights sleeping on the road, in with the truckers!  It’s great fun, lots of driving music, picnic food and time to chill and watch the passing scene.

We don’t use the Channel Tunnel because we enjoy the sail from Calais to Dover, it’s a nice couple of hours off the road and they serve a good breakfast.  There are shops to buy booze and handbags YAY and it’s a great place for people watching.

It used to be that it would be English people going on holiday or Booze Cruises, buying drink for weddings and parties and of course cheap cigarettes. Depending on the time of the year there are school ski trips, holiday coach tours and lately coaches filled with migrant workers.  It is noticeable though that since the change in the fortunes of the UK with the recent banking crises etc.there are fewer coaches from Poland and Lithuania filled with hopeful job seekers.

The school trips are amusing.  Young teens are like flights of sparrows, they settle and twitter loudly for a while and then as one they will take off and flitter away only to come to rest again a little further down the lounge.  It’s very entertaining to watch “The Race”.

Now that we are  back in the flat maybe my Muse will return and I can write something decent again – I hope so, I am feeling quite anxious.  Not today though, today is our forty fifth wedding anniversary so there is fizzy wine and a roast dinner and lemon tart.  No, I hope that the Muse will come but I hope she will wait until tomorrow.

Peninsular and Orient Line, still swimming

Peninsular and Orient Line, still swimming

AAAAGh - Oh no wait !!! It's okay it was on the back of a car transporter.  Couldn't resist the picture though.

AAAAGh – Oh no wait !!! It’s okay it was on the back of a car transporter. Couldn’t resist the picture though.

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Camping.

Hopefully we are going on holiday in a few days.  Like all good camping persons we have had a trial erection in the garden (phnar phnar) it’s always exciting getting the stuff out.  This is a new tent and thank heavens we had a look because we had forgotten which bit went where first!!

Fingers crossed for good weather at the coast.

 

It's up.  A bit of a confusion at first but all fine now.

It’s up. A bit of a confusion at first but all fine now.

 

 

Of course we often say why are we going away we have all we need here.  Then we remember the cleaning and the cooking and the tidying and we think - ah yes, that's why!

Of course we often say why are we going away we have all we need here. Then we remember the cleaning and the cooking and the tidying and we think – ah yes, that’s why!

 

And while we are away this little guy has to protect the grapes from the blackbird.

And while we are away this little guy has to protect the grapes from the blackbird.

 

 

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More of our summer

A few more little piccies of what was happening in real life while I was trying to stop Ewan making a prat of himself and failing.

Table for seven please - we'll be down in a minute.

Table for seven please – we’ll be down in a minute.

 

 

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We had the duck and Isle Flottante

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The rooftops of St Emillion

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Cooling off in the municipal well

 

 

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More wine

 

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This must be very valuable it’s behind bars, then again it just might like to party!!

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Each barrel costs between five hundred and six hundred Euros and is used three times and then sold off for fifty euros to smaller chateaux.

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you are the Moon

Not much star gazing because of this beauty who watched us every night.

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What else was happening

Okay – while I was escorting poor Ewan through his trials and tribulations other things were happening of course.  We have been in France for just over a month and have had mixed weather and done quite a bit.  We have had a lovely visit by our son and his family and a couple of super outings.

This little guy visited on several evening.

This little guy visited on several evening.

Bergerac was in festive mode and was very pretty indeed.

Bergerac was in festive mode and was very pretty indeed.

Oliver and granny at lunch time in St Emillion.

Oliver and granny at lunch time in St Emillion.

Wine - it's all wine

Wine – it’s all wine

Richard calculating  the value of just this part of the cellar - Yikes

Richard calculating the value of just this part of the cellar – Yikes

Ollie and Charlie's wig wam

Ollie and Charlie’s wig wam

So that’s a part of it all, more tomorrow.

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One last Scarborough picture

We went to the nature reserve which winds along the river Derwent.  It was beautiful there and the crowning glory was this deer which was unfazed by our presence and even posed for a photograph.

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Right now then, back to poor old Ewan and his problems

 

watch this space.

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