“SEPTEMBER SUNSHINE AND THE WEEK THAT WAS”
We’re blessed with a golden September day, like a brief return of summer. There’s a rogue sunflower forming a bloom on my garden bench, having planted itself earlier among the rosemary. Time to go out for an explore and try to get a photo of the abundance of Boletus mushrooms which are a great source of clear yellow dye.
I’ve decided for now to blog once a week and celebrate the “Week That Was”. I’m doing a lot of writing for my Meditation through Writing course and some other pieces for my friend Fiona’s new creative website One Soul Many Hearts.
You may want to look and see if there’s a creative opportunity for you there. Fiona would be pleased to hear from you.
This week formed a pattern of social events, creative writing and reading, dotted with visits from the District Nurse and a trip to Ayr Hospital to discuss having some teeth out on an overnight stay, just in case there are are any unanticipated problems. I repacked my hospital “be ready for anything” suitcase. Once that was done, I tucked it back in the cupboard and continued my policy of living one day at a time.
Tuesday was gentle exercise class which is surprisingly invigorating. It is held in our lounge here so it didn’t matter that it was a disgusting day outside and it was nice to meet my neighbours afterwards for coffee and Jaffa Cakes, although we do all try to choose the healthier biscuit options. This was followed up by my regular manicure and hand care, part of staying well. “Very Cherry” was the colour of choice, a deep magenta – something to delight the nurses when I next go in for my drain.
My friend Angie arrived with my granddaughter’s birthday present which I will put up for you once the surprise is over. Angie makes gorgeous household accessories, shown on her website “Sugar and Spice” and last night I bid successfully for a red and white spotty pillow on her Facebook auction. Nice to have someone so talented nearby.
The beginning of the week was about following the Americas Cup races which had many of my favourite features, stunning state of the art catamarans, San Franciso Bay as the venue, amazing sailing (Poor New Zealand – they really worked hard and a couple of crews which fit the description used by Judge Len Dawson after the first dance in the new “Strictly” series. He called it “Chicken Soup for the Eyes!” which is very apt for the sailing crews. In my next life I’ll come back as a Transatlantic sailor with a fab catamaran. The crew is open to negotiation!
Yesterday was a very satisfying and social day – not so usual for me these days. At our morning coffee in the house we raised £70 for the MacMillan Cancer Big Coffee Morning. We were served coffee In the “posh” coffee pot and cups and cakes and shortbread to replace the normal biccies.
In the afternoon I went through to Whiting Bay where Bev who runs Bay News held a coffee afternoon in their new holiday flat extension with views of the sea and Holy Isle. The baking was done by George, Fiona’s son, who coincidentally turns 16 today. So along with birthday greetings comes a plea to keep those lemon cakes coming! The afternoon raised £500 for Macmillan and it was great for me to meet people from Whiting Bay that I hadn’t seen since I got ill.
Yesterday the weather was at it’s softest and smirriest with low clouds hiding the mountains. Today is exactly the opposite. I hope you have a joyful day whatever your weather. Now for those mushroom photos……
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