I want to say that I have been on the go for so long I feel slightly disorientated. I want to have a little moan about that. But that “for so long” refers to a period of about three weeks. There are people in this world whose lives don’t provide them with a break and a decent rest for several years at a stretch, never mind weeks. Heck, there are plenty of people who never get a holiday in their entire lives. I should grumble. Heavens, what a wimp I’m becoming.
Work has been busier this month, which is good. The weather has been – well, British. Since I last wrote any notes here I’ve been gripped and thrilled by a magnificent performance of “Peter Grimes” at the Proms (Stuart Skelton in harrowingly good form in the lead, the chorus practically blasting off the roof of the Albert Hall when they let rip, all this and the lovely Iain Paterson to boot); I’ve also spent a blissful afternoon at the Science Museum (no longer just for kids), I’ve written my arse off all the bank holiday weekend, and I’ve dashed down to Kent to help my mum celebrate a big birthday – you know the kind - one with a number ending in zero.
The latter is a bit of a “good grief, really?” moment for me; presumably a hell of a lot more so for her. She never really seems to change that much, much less age particularly, and it is weird to realise how the numbers are still stacking up notwithstanding. Well, I hope I have inherited her life span genes, and not my father’s.
Mum’s birthday was fun, and would have been more fun if the weather hadn’t been so up itself. It’s still August, for crying out loud. What’s with the howling gales, persistent heavy rain and thunder and lightning? But there was plenty of champagne, as well as both vanilla and maple-pecan fudge (she’s allergic to chocolate) and several kinds of cake, and curry for supper, and bouquets of flowers, and potted phalaenopsis, and a nice stack of greetings cards to prop along the front room bookcase. And gin and Pringles, without which no family gathering seems to be complete these days. Whatever did we do before the advent of the Pringle?
Outings (it being way too dodgy, weather-wise, for the planned picnic on the beach either day) were instead spent partly sitting in the car listening to the rain beat on the roof, and pondering the intricate patterns very heavy rain makes on a windscreen in a very heavy & horizontal wind (like quivering water-lace; rather beautiful in a wet way), and partly indulging in the atavistic pleasure of blackberry picking. So what with the dear UK climate doing its absolute nut, and the blackberries leaving all of us with lacerated burgundy hands, and champagne going to everyone’s head, it was a mad but very happy couple of days off.
This weekend I’m cat-sitting (for the cat who is scared of farting – note to self, do not fart at the cat. As if I needed telling. But then, I’m no lady, me). Then next Friday I’m off to Cornwall, for the second half of Mum’s birthday celebrations (I told you it was a big one) – a family week in Polruan. Beautiful Cornwall, beautiful Fowey River, beautiful clean sea air and peaceful walking, silent country nights, lovely pubs, and good Cornish cider, yarg cheese, and pasties from Niles Bakery...