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Blogging about life

So what have I been doing recently? I wrote about my blogging plans before my blogiversary. Now my blogiversary has passed I decided to write a bit about what else has been happening.

A few days before my blogiversary I received a link to the podcast of a radio interview during which I had read two of my poems. Then on the day of my blogiversary I was excited to learn that two poems, Multifaceted Light and Space and Time, which I had submitted to Agape Review had been published in their digital magazine.

So far this summer the Church choir has been involved in a Choral Evensong and a wedding. The Choral Evensong is an annual event (except when Covid put a stop to choral singing) usually on or about Trinity Sunday.

Trinity Sunday this year was the Sunday after the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. There were lots of events around the UK and no doubt elsewhere in the Commonwealth to mark the event. I went to watch the service from St Paul’s Cathedral broadcast live on a large screen in the church. The congregation joined with those in the cathedral in singing the hymns. There were refreshments afterwards, although I went home to eat lunch instead.

The Choral Evensong included an anthem, In Our Service by Thomas Hewitt Jones, which had been specially written to mark the jubilee. The words were taken from the Queen’s speeches.

Many people decorated their homes with Union Flag bunting or an actual flag in recognition or celebration of the jubilee. There were red white and blue flowers growing in pots and flower beds. Shop windows were decorated with a jubilee theme. My photos of some of these appeared on my photography blog, Sue’s words and pictures.

Wedding decoration on handrail with decorated pebble below

For the wedding I mentioned earlier the ends of the pews had been decorated with artificial flowers arranged with ribbons and net. The following day I was given one by a former church warden, who said, ‘This will look nice on your front door!’

The decorated pebble was a gift early in the pandemic. It has appeared on a blog post before.

Two conversations, one during a chance encounter, the other in the social time after a Sunday service led to an interesting hour or so in a local open space. One of my many friends and acquaintances will be running an event at the Edinburgh Fringe. About a dozen people gathered to learn about her plans. Did you know Charles Darwin was a student of medicine in Edinburgh?

Jane Westhead speaking about ‘Darwin in Edinburgh’

There will be a chance to learn about ‘Darwin in Edinburgh’ from 4-14 August 2022. We heard about the route of the walk through Edinburgh and learned many interesting facts about Darwin and his family. It was fascinating. Find out more and book tickets in the events section of the Edinburgh fringe website. Originally conceived as a one-woman show it now involves more people and sounds exciting.

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Paint chip Octave 2

Linda Kruschke’s challenge this week is for the next stanza in the October poem. Don’t forget to visit her blog for her poem and other participants’ poems and links.

The challenge this week is to write the second octave of your poem. The five paint chip words and phrases you have to work with are after the fire, shark, bramble, tickled pink, and bittersweet. I would like you to use at least two of these in your octave. You can use the same rhyme scheme as last week, or mix it up. But this week’s stanza should connect with last week’s.

Linda Kruschke

My poem from last week is here.

Octave 2

Like damaged nature we can recover
From setbacks and disappointments
Like being separated from a lover;
Some hurts aren’t soothed by ointments.
After the fire cliff-top gorse was black.
I noticed that bracken, bramble and grass
Were the first plants to grow back.
I look for changes each time I pass.

Greyish sea with white-topped waves at top, straw-coloured grass with blackened branches of gorse and new green shots of gorse, some green grass and brambles.
Blackened gorse in October 2021 from the fire in June 2018

September musings

The weather changed this week. Having enjoyed an Indian Summer earlier in the month, much-needed rain began to fall. This week is forecast to be showery with some heavy rain. Thunder and lightning keep featuring in the forecast for a few days ahead, but then disappearing nearer the time. Electrical storms are fairly uncommon where we live.

Last week our usual routine changed with visitors for 3 days. Enjoyable walks in the local area with them used up some of my regular writing time. After they had gone home I spent a lazy weekend reading a book a day as well as getting out in the fresh air for a walk and to attend a church service.

This week two mornings have been given up to gardening – one to visit a garden centre and the second to plant the pansies and violas purchased the day before.

A low water-level in a beck

The reservoirs in this county are very low at present. The rain will help to refill them. It was surprising how high the water-level in the nearest beck had risen after a day and night of heavy rain. Previously it was at the lowest level I can remember.

A higher water-level at the same spot

I have recently been reading a book on my phone using BorrowBox. I found it interesting, but there was rather more technical detail than I required as a non-medical person. After renewing it twice and accidentally losing my place by an over-enthusiastic session of cached data-clearing, I have decided not to finish it. Had it been a physical book I might have flicked through to see whether there was anything else of interest in it.

The book was The Changing Mind: A neuroscientist’s guide to ageing well by Daniel Levitin. I found much of the early part interesting especially the references to music – the author is a musician as well as a scientist. It is really too long to read on a phone, so I am abandoning it.

If you find the photos with this post interesting, you may also like Sue’s words and pictures, my blog with pictures in every post.

Thank you for dropping by. Normal service will be resumed soon!