Whilst listening to a lovely relaxing album called Dancing Rivers by Alberto and Kimberly Riviera which contains lots of weather titled pieces such as sunshine, Storm and whirlwhind, I ponder on one of the best summers I’ve had.
It all started with a conversation with a friend, after they had offered to take me somewhere and I asked them for some help with a task I needed doing, it then led to chats, outings and meeting other people. I’ve met some people I haven’t seen for a long time and some made some new friends along the way.
Some of my trips involved furry friends including an owl, birds, a dog and a cat. My only real love affair this summer involved one of these furry creatures a dog, who seemed to be scared of me at first, but trusted me in the end. The cat seemed to enjoy walking around all these people in their parents lounge as these other strange people joined them in discussion, the cat Mr Ginger at one point decided to jump on me which made me jump as I wasn’t expecting it and I think I was listening intently at the time. I met two new friends beautiful owl, which brought some consternation as no one quite knows whether it is male or female and the couple concerned have always referred it as a he and now it looks like a she after our visit to an owl sanctuary. It makes conversations rather amusing when they said he isn’t in a good mood and I remind them don’t you mean SHE! The birds I met by a set of bird tables situated right outside my new poet friend’s lounge window, when my friend and I paid him a visit, we would see the birds come over to pick up any birdseed left for them.
The birds although quite mesmerising weren’t as mesmerising as the gentleman poet I was listening too, who has had poems published. His delivery and writing hauntingly beautiful and inspired me to write a few of my own some of which I covered in my previous blog post.
Other delights was an impromptu visit to a park, a band gig, a large local garden area, some visits to one of my favourite eating venues KFC. Oh and lots of cake particularly at Mr Ginger’s home who I mentioned earlier including, chocolate cake, apple pie, carrot cake, lemon drizzle, oh and the list goes on in one week I think I about 7 different lots of cake, no not at the same house.
The weather has been mainly kind on these outings and never really affected anything we did, apart from occasionally, feeling a bit hot as it would suddenly get really warm.
Travelling as we have done has meant meeting up with old friends unexpectedly and new alike, including two trips to see Mr & Mrs Bubble, who I haven’t seen for a long time, which resulted in an off road driving trip which I had never done. It’s particularly amusing when your blind friend takes the driving seat and drives over puddles and you feel like your going to end up ejecting out of the roof of the car, but it was a thrilling experience. It was wonderful to see longed missed friends those people who would sometimes be mentioned in conversations by others who had seen them since I had, which always stirs longings of desiring those you’ve met and bonded with in the past. New friends like Mr Gingers parents and their friend who would give us talks, my poet friend and others I met at various gatherings, promise and bring new experiences to be enjoyed and shared. One friend seems to lead to another like an invisible cord that reminds us that in many ways we are all linked, one friend reminds me of another or introduces me to another who knows someone who knows me or someone else I know. I’ve often realised that the most important things you can give anyone is memories, and having many shared ones is wonderful with many people is even better. I can sum up my summer in five words, animals, memories, friends, conversations and travel. I can’t redo those experiences but I can certainly hang on to the memories and look forward to what the autumn/winter will bring.