Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Great Aunt Ethel

Ethel smiled her way through her days. The youngest girl of eighteen children she was blessed with internal sunshine. She was wise and generous too. Not wise in a clever, well educated way but wise in the way of making good choices.
We were afraid to admire anything. It would be wrapped and in our bags as we left, with a firm hand refusing to let us return it. Now that she is gone I am extremely grateful for the china figurines of shepherdesses or ornamental plates. They remind me of her so much that I am no longer able to tell whether I like them or not. My taste is no longer of any importance. The sense of Ethel wins as she nestles in my heart.
A maiden aunt, she house kept for her brother. He remained a batchelor and they spent their days in the family house, a large Victorian building full of unused rooms. Their siblings left home and set sail to make homes elsewhere, returning with decreasing frequency. Except for her nephews. Five nephews who, like her brother cherished her. At her sister, Olives' wedding, her brother stood up to give a speech. To the consternation of the bride and groom he sallied forth on the merits of Ethel, and how the men were missing out by not picking her.

Monday, 24 November 2014

The love moon

Love  moon

Gingerly she steps out,
Lightly tripping trepidation,
she reaches to the love moon.
Its face speaks of the everlasting

tomorrow, as it turns slowly,
at one time a bland face
another a slip of cream
lightening the blue-black sky.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

A moment

I tried to grasp a moment. After being litter trained twice the cat reversed its habits this morning. The poor red velvet sofa is hastening to a speedy end! No one wants to sit on it. Out have come the puppy pads but for who now? Us or the cat?
By the end of the day I lie on a mat to meditate. The guiding voice tells me to 'find somewhere quiet where you won't be disturbed.' Small children asleep, big children quietly on computers, a big tick to that.
The room is warm and comfortable. I shut my eyes. The sound of waves soothes me. Warm breath on my face. A large yellow body lying down beside me. The dog has joined in. Not to be out done the cat arrives to dart up and down my legs playfully. Alone I don't think so. Always competition for my attention. I rub my headached temples and rise to sort them. I'll learn meditation another day.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

The boulders of protection

I dreamt that the family was under attack. I gave the girls swords and knives then the rivals explained that it was a mock battle and we were only to use boulders. I wept as we we had no boulders. Relief flooded in when I realised that I could collect all the boulders that were thrown at me.
The next morning we headed to Holy Island. On the beach we piled a cairn of boulders for protection. In the shop the girls would only leave when armed with daggers, cross bows, and swords (all wooden, but still). Dream warriors on arrival and fighting warriors departing.

The beginning

Beginnings are always exciting. It's endings which are tricky, but they always come together. My eldest daughter has set me up with a blog. A blog diary to act as therapy and record all the quirkiness of our daily lives.
On my first blog day I came home to a buzzing, a loud, incessant hum. In the corners of all the windows wasps gathered. Any that fell where chased by the cat who knocked over the lamps and smashed the CD's in her eagerness to make them prey. Why? November seemed an unlikely month to be swamped by wasps indoors. In the end the vacuum did a proud job and sooked them up into a dusty bag. Fingers crossed they can't navigate their way out back down the nozzle!