‘Easy like Sunday morning’ is one of my favourite songs and there is nothing easier than a soulful, stroll along the Danube, or the Donau as it is known in Vienna. Heading out for a walk, run or cycle is quite a Viennese thing to do. The river becomes a hive of activity for the [...]
It is a wet day yet again. The rain taps lightly, but persistently, on the conservatory roof. Wherever I have been in recent days, the rain has arrived shortly after. I am being to suspect it is following me around. The birds don’t seem to mind. A group of starlings are busy fighting on the [...]
I was reflecting the other day on my impending return home to Lancashire to see my mum. Since I left the place of my birth, I have tried to visit her regularly, but that usually meant a weekend. Time is short, and so it has been rare to have the opportunity to revisit the wild [...]
I follow Robert Macfarlane on twitter and particularly look forward to reading his word definition tweets. One that caught my attention recently was an Irish/ Gaeilge word, “ciúnas gan uaigneas”, which literally means “quietness without loneliness” A phrase, he explains, that carries a sense of peaceful solitude, of being beyond the usual chaos & noise. I [...]
“May I walk with you?
In silence!” I said.
“Of course!” she replied
But she chattered instead.
a glorious, sunny Easter holiday weekend arrived. Outside on the drive sat a recently, converted camper van waiting patiently to play her part in the next phase of life... A curious plan formed in my mind. I could take advantage of the hot weather and...
I missed the daffodils this year. A whole month slipped by As I walked with my head down, My thoughts in other places. I missed the daffodils this year. A whole month locked in a room Because I needed to study My head in grammar books. I missed the daffodils this year. A [...]