'I have nothing to say and I am saying it. And that's Poetry'. Who said it? I really can't remember. It might have been John Cage, the Composer who wrote '4 minutes 33 seconds' which was total silence, when one listened to the sounds all around. However, whoever it was, I feel a little like that this morning. After two enjoyable but rather busy days I switch and go to my post page and wonder what to write about today.
Saturday the farmer and I had a purge on the kitchen windows. Not exciting I'm afraid, but Secondary Glazing is heavy and quite unmanageable for me - so he did the hard work and I washed, dried, ironed and rehung the curtains. Now we keep admiring our handiwork and also feel ashamed about how dirty they looked before we tackled the job.
Yesterday was a walking day for the farmer and so friend W and I went out for lunch and, as usual, ate too much. My starter was three cheese fritters on a bed of salad and her's was black pudding fritters. Then we both tucked into roast lamb - delicious. (but not conducive to encouraging thinking too hard).
Today we visit our University Hospital forty miles away to see the Consultant about the problem with the farmer's balance and are due to leave home in about an hour.
All this activity makes the problems in the Middle East go to the back of my mind. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? I don't know. I just know that seeing all these displaced people - in particular the children - traumatised, bewildered, hungry, thirsty, often having lost their parents and, above all, terrified, and all because of their religion, makes me despair. And as I can do so little about it, perhaps it is best to ignore it. I do feel that the BBC tend to go where the 'drama' is and then move on.
Please don't think I am trying to trivialise things - but is there still fighting in Aleppo? If so the cameras seem to have moved on to where it is more 'sensational'. Even our local news on the BBC has a catalogue of car accidents, murders, assaults, burglaries and the like - and only very rarely something pleasant and uplifting. What is the world coming to ?
I see that I have asked four questions in my post today. Answers on a Post Card please.
UPDATE The farmer has seen the Consultant and the problem is not serious - he has an inner ear fluid imbalance which is making one ear do all the work - exercises are to be done in order to try and help it. The scan showed nothing out of the ordinary - great relief all round.