Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Back to 'normal.'

....whatever that is, as some-one famously said. (Or am I thinking of Prince Charles and 'love'?)

Whichever - it is so good to be back in working order again and in contact with 'the world'.

It has been our monthy Writers' Group this morning - ten members, all friendly, interested in words and enjoying talking about them. What more could anyone wish for?

Today we were also joined by our President, Mike Amos, who told us so many amusing stories and who joined in so well with our activities. I always leave 'Writers' full of enthusiasm for putting pen to paper.

We published a book last year called 'Trains of Thought' - proceeds went to the Wensleydale Railway, which is run by volunteers. The book contained two pieces by each member of our group, all on the subject of travel. I must say that we did rather well with it, running to a reprint and raising a considerable sum for the railway.

Now we are thinking about our next project, which we hope will be another book - called something like 'Flights of Fancy' - again two pieces by each member and the proceeds of this one going to our local Air Ambulance, which runs on contributions from the public. I have written one possible piece and this morning I had another idea just as I awoke. Isn't it strange how ideas can pop into one's head in that moment between sleeping and waking? So when I have finished the blog today and read a few of yours, I shall begin my next piece - it will be called
'The Magic Apron' and when I have done the rought draft I shall post it for your comments.

Home early from Writers in order to meet the computer engineer - everything mended - then lunch and then my walk with Tess. It did strike me on the walk that the muddy puddles at the side of the lane show just as much about our wildlife as a fall of snow does. There were lots of rabbit prints and pheasant prints along the sides of the lane. There is no shortage of either around here at the moment.

Just opposite our gate, on the other side of the lane, is a large deep blue patch of forget-me-nots. The colour is amazing and it is such a joy to see them on this dull day with a bitterly cold East wind blowing. It is also a joy to hear the blackbirds singing away - the weather doesn't seem to bother them at all.

See you again tomorrow. So lovely to be back.


Heather said...

Lovely to have you back Pat - I wondered where you had been.
What an enjoyable way to raise funds for your favourite good causes. I look forward to 'hearing' The Magic Apron.
I noticed during the past week of very unpleasant weather, that the birds didn't seem to mind it at all and sang as beautifully as ever.

Pondside said...

The Forget-me-not is just starting to bloom here - drifts of the loveliest blue all around Pondside.

Irene said...

I see a lot of buttercups in the fields right now. I do like them. They are so cheerful. Good to have you back.

Elizabeth said...

So glad you are back in the magic world of the internet.
Yes, that moment between sleep and waking --or vice versa is a wonderful time for creativity to bubble up.
Envy your forget me nots!

Hildred and Charles said...

Nice to see you back Pat - will look forward to your rough draft of the Magic Apron. May is so lovely with wildflowers and beautiful patches of tulips and anemones, - the daffodils are in decline but still a few sweet narcissus around. As far as I know I have no forget-me-nots in this garden, but will have to shift some from the old garden, - have had some lovely spring surprises though...

Rachel said...

I missed you too.

angryparsnip said...

So happy to hear that he problem was resolved quickly.
My internet provider, comcast, in always dropping service, so frustrating.
Your writers group always sounds so wonderful.
How exciting that your group raised so much money for the Railway. I am sure the results will be as good for the Air Ambulances.

cheers, parsnip

H said...

Lovely to have you back :)

Writing a book to support such a worthy cause is a wonderful idea. I look forward to reading your story!

Gerry Snape said...

what a panicky feeling...a bit like the washing machine having a blip...I can't cope then! good to have you back. Thankyou for the comment on my poem. My sister was looking through some old pics and sent me this and I just wrote it in one go...but as I said to the potter...I'd been thinking it for many years!

steven said...

a soggy line weaver?!!!! that makes your life all the more real . . . it's lovely to know that your lovely words do good outside of this blog also!!! steven

The Weaver of Grass said...

Nice of you all to be so welcoming. Having the internet again is like welcoming an old friend.
Thank you for visiting me in my hour of need.

ArcticFox said...

you reminded me of something I heard while drifting in and out of sleep this morning... “You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.”
― Saul Bellow

Our forget me nots are just about finished but the bright blue cornflowers are just coming out now to replace them.

Welcome back!!