Sunday, May 29, 2011

Gardens and goodbyes

Life News:

We've spent most of the weekend preparing for the move on Tuesday and saying goodbye to the neighbours (when they're in). We've now sorted most of the books into piles for taking to the rented flat and piles for storage, so that's a relief. Still to be done is: emptying the loft, draining the washing machine, defrosting the fridge and turning off the freezer (which is all but empty now anyway). We're getting there, though I must say K is doing most of the hard graft with me providing essential domestic support wherever I can.

Still, I managed to squeeze in a game of golf with Marian on Friday, and it was such a relief to get out and knock some balls into ridiculously small holes (as it were). Made a great change from the trials and traumas of Thursday, hey ho. Also during the week, we have breathed the proverbial sigh of relief to note the massive improvement in Wednesday's episode of Midsomer Murders - which also included a naked Sgt Jones which was fabulous, I must say. More please ... Set against that, however, was the totally appallingly written, long-winded, dull and overly emotional episode of Dr Who we bravely sat through (whilst yawning and glancing repeatedly at our watches) on Saturday. What are they thinking?!? Every time someone had a tearful moment we'd just laugh and shout at them to get a grip, and the sickly-sweet moments with the boy at the end definitely needed cutting. Or someone should have drowned the wretched boy in acid. One of the two ... I would have done it myself if I'd been there.

Today, we decided we'd had enough of flat sorting so popped out this afternoon to see Moleshill House garden and The Coach House garden, both in Cobham and next door to each other which made it easy. Lovely to see both - the first one was more dramatic and overgrown, but the second one was incredibly peaceful. If we do ever actually manage to get into a house of our own (dream on, eh!...) then we would both aim for a peaceful garden for sure. Don't hold your breath ...

Book News:


However, I am much cheered by this 5 star review of A Dangerous Man - thanks, Erik. And for this bank holiday weekend only, you can get a 50% rebate at the till for ALL my All Romance Ebooks if paid for by Paypal or credit card - so for a good weekend read, now's the time to buy!

In terms of work in progress, I've started the fourth in my Delaneys' series, Dating the Delaneys, and I'm also carrying on with my fantasy novella, The Taming of The Hawk. This latter seems to be moving rapidly towards the steampunk genre, I think - if I only knew what that really was, ho ho. But there are machines (of a sort), darkness, dirt and fantasy, so I might be right in my analysis. On the other hand, there's not much Victoriana, so I may equally be wrong. I'll have to wait and see.

Meditations this week are:

Meditation 532
Zimri takes pride
in being counted last

as God is his guide
and his family’s outclassed

Meditation 533
That slow returning home:
the priests, the people
and the temple slaves

drifting like shadows
through the fields and paths
to houses shaped like graves

and a life they thought
they knew. The forgotten dead
crowd in on waves

of sorrow. No-one remembers
the laughter. They are silent
in the ruins God saves.

The Sunday haiku (because we saw it whilst golfing) is:

Treecreeper dances
across this divided tree
so rhythmically.

So, in conclusion, my last official day on the web is tomorrow and I'm not quite sure when I'll be back online - BT (if we continue at all with them) have promised us some kind of connection on 16 or 17 June in the rented flat, but we might on the other hand be doing something technical with a dongle (well, gosh!) so it may be sooner, if slower. Till then, have fun and I'll catch you on the other side!

Anne Brooke


Jason said...
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Anne Brooke said...

Thanks, Jason! And who knows, I might even return sooner - it's hard to tell! :))

Don't be too naughty when I'm away!!!


Anonymous said...

Such violent thoughts this weekend! First the golfing & then the kid on Dr. Who. Tsk, tsk.
Liked the poem about the priests & temple, it reminded me of Ancient Egypt.
Hope the move goes well & that you get online sooner than expected.

Anne Brooke said...

Thanks, Jackie! Must be the frustration coming out ...

See you online after Monday soon, I hope!



Stevie Carroll said...

Good luck with the move.

Anne Brooke said...

Thanks, Steve! Not too bad so far! :))