I was brought up on the old Lincolnshire Folksong "The Lincolnshire Poacher" -
When I was bound apprentice
in famous Lincolnshire,
Full well I served my master
for more than seven year,
'til I took up to poaching
as you shall quickly hear -
Oh 'tis my delight on a shiny night
in the season of the year.
I had an Uncle Tom, who was a dedicated poacher throughout his life. I am sure it was his "delight" too.
In 1949 JB Priestley published a booked called, simply, Delight. In it he listed no less than 114 things which were his delight. They ranged from "the perfect gin and tonic", "the pleasure of smoking in a hot boath", to the sound of a football match in progress.
Now there has been a modern version produced, called "Modern Delight". It is fascinating to read what "famous" people consider to be their delight. Jeremy Paxman's delight is Frogspawn (he says the frogs will be "at it" long after we have departed this life!) For Philippa Gregory it is a tiny, fluffy duckling while for Roy Hattersley it is the delight of drying his dog Buster after he has been bouncing through puddles.
So here is a meme for you all today. What is your delight? You can, if you like, list up to six. As it is time to put on the lunch I can't manage six but I will tell you my most favourite "delight" and that is having The Times crossword to do over my breakfast toast and marmalade. Yesterday the Times was late arriving and we had run out of marmalade - I was bereft.
More delights from me later in the day - in the meantime - what is your delight?
Here, later in the day, are my other five!
The smell of an Autumn bonfire.
Sitting on the garden bench with both dog and cat.
Waiting in the airport departure lounge before a holiday.
Having my hair washed at the hairdressers.
Curling up by the fire with a good book (and a plate of crumpets!)
What ever your delights are - enjoy them while you can.