Perfect Day

I wrote the following after one of my favourite days with Goldfinch:

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I am quite sure that I dreamed of a day like yesterday… only the reality was wonderfully better than any fantasy.  You made it better! I now understand the word perfect.

What are the chances?  Both of us with a day free, the weather absolutely glorious.  Late spring – every leaf glowing with life, still fresh, verdant, lush.  The bluest of blue skies.  Greens of every shade singing out in joy as they are bathed with golden sunshine.  Blossoms and flowers of every conceivable hue of pink and purple.

Birds in jubilant chorus.  Lullaby trickle of a stream that can’t be seen but must be close.  An occasional rippling rustle as a kind breeze freshens everything under the sun.  There was a hum, a rhythmic hum of life invigorated by the rays of the sun.

Who would not enjoy a picnic in a conveniently isolated and idyllic location?  The day could not have really failed to please.  But you made it paradise.  Do you realize you just gave me the most perfect day of my life? A day I will long to repeat a thousand times. As your strong yet gentle hand clung to mine, waves of celebration burst into my heart.  I would have skipped like the five year old me.

Finding the perfect spot dappled with shade near to the small pond.  Six goslings, with adult geese watching over them, curious about our arrival.  We laid your fleecy blanket down and I set out a picnic feast, probably enough to feed half of a rugby team.  It was delightful to see you enjoying everything I had made.  Being able to show love to you and seeing you enjoy my love is making life sweeter than I’ve ever known.

After we were both full, relaxing with the knowledge we had many blissful hours ahead.  Feeling your embrace, the many times you squeezed me again as if to make sure I was truly in your arms.  Your soft kisses on every part of my face. I’d be happy to be lost in your arms forever.

I could love you forever Goldfinch…

If you would let me…

 

 

 

 

 

Wonderful Wisteria

Whenever I leave my sweet little abode I am greeted by this view.

Wisteria

It is so so pretty.   As soon as I lock up my front door I turn and there it is, next door’s wisteria.  My heart lifts with the prettiness I encounter.  I think I have the best view of it and am able to enjoy it more than they are!  I can sit in the little courtyard outside my kitchen, reading a book and enjoying the sunshine and every time I look up, there it is.  Such a pretty view.

One of my friends came round and did not share my enthusiasm.  He said wisteria is a hay-fever sufferer’s worst nightmare!  Poor guy.  I don’t send many men away from my flat with their eyes streaming with tears – honestly!  He was almost choking on whatever was aggravating his airways. I keep some anti-histamines in the cupboard now, just in case any of my friends/visitors have an allergic reaction to the beautiful flowers outside my little abode.

IMG_20190330_171302I felt very sorry for him that day.  The scent from the wisteria is absolutely divine!  I think that is the aroma that I breathe in every time I come in and out of my flat.

There are also two huge camellia bushes either side of the gate that I come through.  It might be them.  Or perhaps a combination of these intoxicating perfumes.  I have no idea what makes up the delightfully sweet fragrance that blesses me, but it is sheer paradise.  I almost feel proud bringing friends through the exquisite aromas that lead to my front door.

When I walk in and out of my little abode there are beautiful pink petals all over the drive-way – it feels as if I am on my way to make my marriage vows.

epping forrest.jpgI love May.  Summer is ahead.  I love summer.  But in May everything is still fresh and lush.  The colours in May are extraordinary.  So many stunning flowers and the fruit trees all laden with blossom.  The little pocket I live in is blessed with pretty gardens and many many trees.  In fact, I can walk five minutes and then arrive at woodland which leads onto one of London’s larger parks.

I have no idea what I am still doing indoors telling you about this.  It is a lovely sunny day.  I am going to put my walking shoes on and head out to soak it all up.

via Redolent — Word of the Day Challenge

 

 

 

The Luminescent Tales From The Mind Of Kristian Has Nominated Me For The Sunshine Blogger Award

Well, we are brightening up a damp chilly November weekend with yet another ray of sunshine, Tales from the mind of Kristian who has kindly nominated me for another Sunsine Blogger Award (Yaaaay! – awards are not only fun but also a good sign that someone out there is enjoying your blogging presence so I am always grateful for them).

https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2018/10/27/sunshine-blogger-award-nomination-5/

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The Rules

• Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to them – thank you Kristian!
• Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
• Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
• Notify the nominees by commenting on one of their blog posts.
• List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post.

Kristian was very kind and replaced three of the original eleven questions for me (as I think I was in danger of causing no little offence to Halloween enthusiasts with some of the original questions – and why should I be belligerent?)

1) Do you have a favourite Autumn themed film/movie?

I can’t think of anything specifically autumnal. The only thing that came into my mind was this line from “You’ve Got Mail”.

I just typed into my Google search engine “autumn films” and of a long list, there were only three I had ever seen! One was “You’ve Got Mail” and another is one of my favourite films “Dead Poet’s Society” (which may be hard-going for some viewers towards the end).

2)What method of murder do you most like to see in films/movie?

The type that don’t work…you know when the bumbling police duo surprise the “baddie” before he can carry out his dastardly deed.

3) Horror or Comedy?

Not horror….so I guess we will go with comedy. I am sooooooo fussy about comedy though. I can’t stand anything that is lewd or offensive or full of bad language. I like light-heated, family fun. I love the Pixar animated movies because they are lighthearted comedy.

I like a movie the whole family can sit down and watch together.

I know we all have different tastes…but here is one little clip that encapsulates the myriad of little scenes I love in Pixar movies.

4) What’s your favourite thing to do with a pumpkin?

Probably roast it along with a ton of garlic and some sage and onion and then blitz it into soup.

To be honest, I think I only ever tackled pumpkin soup once. But I often make butternut squash soup which is lovely. I made a huge batch earlier this week and filled my freezer with soup – yum yum yum.

5) If you could choose between ruling the world or living in paradise which would you choose?

I have to admit this was the question that really caught my eye, I have read posts from the other bloggers who have answered these questions already and they have all said “living in paradise” and I quite agree. I was designed to live on this earth. I was designed for paradise.

 

This is a subject that fascinates me because I think most of us have the desire to live on earth. We see pockets of paradise and our heart leaps. The whole earth should be like that. Not many really want to rule as kings over the earth. Which makes sense doesn’t it. We only need a small number of rulers to govern. Those rulers should be deeply concerned with the welfare of all creatures on earth and not motivated by greed.

It is so interesting because all my life I have been asking my friends and workmates what they believe and what their hopes are for the future of mankind. Most are animated about our beautiful home and humans having a very long and lasting and wonderful future. Even if people say they believe that they will go elsewhere once they die…what their heart seems to yearn for is a paradise on earth. That makes so much sense to me because of what I have read.

6) What human trait do you like the most?

Kindness / Unselfishness

I know that is two…but sometimes people are kind for selfish reasons.

7) Which human trait do you dislike the most?

Arrogance / Conceit

Two again…but I guess I am adding flavour to what it is I dislike.

8) If we discovered an inhabitable planet and had the option to start a new life there, would you?

I don’t think it would be a matter of… “oh we found an empty planet with water and a breathable atmosphere which can sustain human life and we want to populate it. Let’s build a fancy space-ship and get a wriggle on.”

But once we have fulfilled the original purpose for the earth, for it to be a paradise full of happy healthy humans…well…that is the point – we are not there yet. We need help. The earth is not looking like it should. We are all bunched up in cities where we can’t breath in pure air, or see the stars in the sky at night.

Once the earth is FULL and we are living in harmony with it according to the Creator’s purpose, then perhaps He will consider allowing us to populate another planet. Will we be allowed to go to another planet and trash it? OH NO OH NO! Not on your nelly!

If you can’t keep a bedsit clean and tidy, why trust you with a house? Once we get our act together, and are living in a way that makes us and other creatures we share earth with thrive, maybe we will be allowed to use what we have learnt on another planet. But we are not in a fit state to be trusted with another planet right now are we!

I would not necessarily volunteer myself for being amongst the first to move to a new planet, but if He assigned me, I hope I would be willing and eager. Sure I would miss home, but both myself and members of my family have lived away from home on volunteer assignments for months, or years at a time. You get used to it and you build a family-like network amongst the people you are working with in your new assignment.

9) Have you been to a fancy dress party? What did you go as?

Several clowns, the Von Trapp children (with my siblings – there being seven of us), a teddy bear, a cat, a footballer, a nurse, a pirate, Moses’ sister Miriam, Tina Turner, a french maid, a Bollywood dancer, Carmen Miranda and I was once half of a horse (don’t ask me which half)….I can’t remember much more off the top off my head…I am sure there were other fancy dress parties and themed parties. I have been to a lot of parties.

There is a video…(Mandy’s husband’s mum has it in her possession)…of me strutting like Tina Turner in my tassel dress and an outrageous wig and belting out “River Deep Mountain High” at the top of my voice. If I were rich, that video is material they could easily use to bribe me with.

Of course I won that karaoke contest…no need to ask the question. No shame on stage! Give me the microphone and you more than get your money’s worth. I just wish videos didn’t exist because I am sure there must be more material out there I could be bribed with. Thank goodness I don’t own much.

10) Have you ever had a recurring Nightmare? Share it with us, if so.

I don’t have nightmares. I sleep like a log! Even after sleeping all night, after my head injuries, I find that if I lie down on my bed for a five minute snooze during the day-time, I might wake up and discover it is tomorrow!

lion portrait on black When I was very young, I used to dream about a bright blue lion that chased us and we were all hiding with our neighbour’s children from the blue lion.  One by one the lion caught them. The only way I escaped is by walking upside on the ceiling and then climbing out onto the roof.

I sleep so very heavily that I very rarely dream.  When I do dream, well, my dreams are normally rather odd, sometimes funny.  Normally my brain is trying to make sense of something new.  For example if I start a new job, I tend to have a dream where I am interacting  with my new workmates in a movie scene – something like Robin Hood with his merry men. Nightmares…not so much. On occasion I have dreamt that I have overslept and been late for work.

I have had flashbacks (of the night in the park) but they were when I was wide awake usually when something triggered a memory.

11) What was the last film you saw at the Cinema?

I know it might not be for everyone…but there were parts I was crying with tears. The combination of physical comedy and comic timing of Rowan Atkinson’s lovable, yet make you want to cringe, characters is a treat for me. Give that man a medal for making me laugh until I have bellyache.

That was fun! Thank you Kristian and special thanks for changing three of the questions for me.

Here are my eleven questions for my nominees:
  1. WHAT WAS YOUR PROUDEST MOMENT OR ACCOMPLISHMENT?
  2. DO YOU HAVE ANY PHOBIAS?
  3. IS THERE A POST ON YOUR SITE THAT IS REALLY SPECIAL TO YOU?
  4. WHO DOES MOST OF THE CLEANING IN YOUR HOME?
  5. DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE COMEDIAN OR COMEDY SHOW?
  6. WHAT IS YOUR TOP CHOICE OF RESTAURANT CUISINE?
  7. DID YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE TEACHER AT SCHOOL?
  8. HAVE YOU HAD DREAMS WHERE YOU WERE WALKING ON THE CEILING?
  9. ARE THERE ANY BLOGGERS WHO CHEER YOU UP REGULARLY?
  10. HAVE YOU EVER HAD SOMEONE YOU HARDLY KNEW TELL YOU THEY WERE IN LOVE WITH YOU? WHAT DID YOU DO?
  11. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BLOGGING FOR?
My eleven nominees:

Eleven bloggers who are like sunshine, producing very beautiful posts!

Dawn-Marie Dawn-Marie – Love Exploring Scotland

FOWC with Fandango — Snooze

What I Want For You And Me

I am absolutely loving the writing prompts from Sarah   Sarah Elizabeth Moore

I am watching The Great British Bake Off Right Now (incase you are wondering why I am not reading your posts)…but I am working on this post at the same time because it is such a great prompt.  I am just really chuffed to be actually publishing a post in response to one of her prompts on the day that it is linked to!

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Whenever I hear the manifesto of a political party coming up to the time of an election, I realize I have a much more hopeful, cheerier idea of the kind of world I would like to live in than most politicians. I know I have a few photos already of what I envision for the whole earth to be like one day.  But I just typed into google search engine the word that I guess sums up what I want for you and me and everyone else on the planet:

PARADISE

…and I was thrilled with the gorgeous photos and pictures that appeared.

Now, before you cast your eyes over these pictures, please don’t think I envision us all lying in hammocks all day being served cocktails by men in skimpy clothing.  Oh no no no!

My idea of paradise is cultivating and landscaping this entire earth so that every part of it is as beautiful as the glimpses of paradise that we see in travel brochures.  Now that means work.

But what wonderful work,  can you imagine if we were one huge international workforce who had been assigned the task of making this whole earth the way it should be.  We work together to make sure everyone had a satisfactory home and we would be learning all sorts of skills, construction, making our own furniture and clothes and tools.  Learning to cultivate our own crops and veggies.  Learning how to care  for animals properly.  Just really truly living the way everything inside tells me we are supposed to be living.

No war, no crime, no disease, no grief, no violence, no rasicm, no suffering…just joy and peace.  I mentioned this before….I have Liverpool roots, but am no relation to John Lennon.  However…I will steal his lines:

“You may say that I’m a dreamer

But I’m not the only one!”

When I close my eyes, this is the world I would just love to see:

And I would love for you and yours to be able to enjoy this forever!

 

Day 28 – 2018 AWAC

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2018/10/09/manifesto/

FOWC with Fandango — Paradise

 

That Will Be A Turkish Apple Tea For Me

apple teaI have been gifted by a friend.  A friend whom I shared a rather memorable holiday with in Turkey a few years ago.  We fell in love with drinking this beverage when we were out there:  Turkish Apple Tea.

What a holiday it was.  I have been on two “package” holidays in my entire life.  Turkey was one of them.  Normally we just book flights and stay with friends.  But a friend wanted to try Turkey and she didn’t think we knew anyone out there, so she arranged for us to stay in an all-inclusive hotel.

The weather was gorgeous throughout.  Everything I saw of Turkey’s landscape was beautiful.  The food – yuuuuuuuummmmmmmmy!  However, there was a fly in the ointment.  We felt pretty much harassed by some of the waiters.  I was warned about this before we went, but it was quite frankly exhausting.  I do not like to be rude to anyone, but we had to be very firm, positively unfriendly night and day…and I found it all pretty disagreeable.

What salvaged the holiday was that we did in fact have friends out there.  A family we had grown up with were living in Turkey just a twenty minute drive away from our hotel.Olu Deniz

Our friends helped us to escape from the atmosphere within the hotel which was causing us so much stress.  They took us under their wing and they took us to many stunning locations.

I cannot remember the names of the locations we went to.  I know we visited a Gorge and walked up through the clear water. There was a hammock cafe at which we idled away an entire afternoon.  We were taken to some amazing locations to dine.  It was great to meet some of the friends of the family we had known since childhood.  We were spoilt rotten!  Plenty of invitations to dinner that meant we did not really utilize the “all-inclusive” hotel deal we had paid for.

Our Turkish speaking friends came to the hotel and spoke to the hotel manager and the waiters explaining in Turkish that we wanted to be friendly but if we were harassed we would go out of our way to avoid them.  We noticed a big difference after that.  They were polite but they were not inappropriate as they had been before.

scuba divingOne of the highlights of the holiday for me was scuba diving.  I had always wanted to…and it is something I would love to do again and again and again for the rest of my life.  My sisters and I are total water-babies.  I was transfixed by tiny colourful fish who were not at all shy of our presence.  They swam all around and in between us.  It felt as if they were greeting us with delicate little kisses.  It was one of the most special experiences I have enjoyed.

Aaaaah….sigh!  Paradise!  Everyone should be able to explore this beautiful planet.  What a home we have.  One day!

Turkish Apple TeaSo when my friend came over to visit me, the gift she brought me was a tub of Whittard’s Turkish Apple Flavour Instant Tea.  I opened it and we had it chilled with ice-cubes.  Tonight I had some with steaming hot water.

One of the holiday experiences she reminded me of was the last night we were there, the evening we flew back to England.  She laughed reminding me of my karaoke antics and the reaction of the hotel staff and fellow holiday-makers.  I will write a post all about that bizarre night one day.

In the meantime, I am going to sip apple tea throughout the rest of the summer and remember that eventful holiday and our taste of paradise.