Friday, 31 January 2014

Days pass

It is now ten days since my daughter in law had her new hip and she gets more mobile by the day.   She is still on crutches but can move more freely about the house and has had a walk out most days over the last few, apart from today when it has poured with rain all day.
The forecast for the weekend here in the Yorkshire Dales is appalling - rain and snow over six hundred feet (we are six hundred feet so I expect we shall get a mixture of both).  I have been out of the house each morning to sit with her and do odd jobs - most of the time we have just chatted and made a fuss of her two very affectionate cats who are happy to just sit around our feet on days like today.

I managed to fit in my poetry afternoon on Wednesday - as usual at friend W's house - and a lovely mix as ever.   We had bits of Tennyson's Mort d'Arthur, Shelley, Keats, The Jackdaw of Rheims,
Carol Ann Duffy.   Listening to poetry is so much more enjoyable than reading it isn't it?   It really is meant to be read aloud.

Again it seems as though the South West is going to suffer this weekend and Aberystwyth's students have been moved out of their seafront accommodation for the third or fourth time since  Christmas because of the expected tidal surge accompanied by high winds.   February is certainly coming in fiercely.

If you live in the South of the UK then take care this weekend - everyone else keep warm.   I'll be back soon to my daily blog - I really do miss it.   I shall now go off and read yours.


Lucy Corrander Now in Halifax! said...

I sort of agree about poems being read out loud - but it depends so much on how they are read. (I dislike 'poetry' voices!)

angryparsnip said...

I find that even when I am confused when reading something if I say it out loud I understand it better.
I am happy to hear that your DIL is feeling better.

cheers, parsnip

Maureen @ Josephina Ballerina said...

Hi Pat,
Glad to hear your daughter-in-law is making good progress.
What strange weather all around. Atlanta was absolutely paralyzed by an ice storm this week. People in cars for 30 hours or more. And the mayor blamed the national weather service for not giving enough warning. Heck, *I* knew two days before and I live 600 miles away!
Hope you stay warm and dry this w/e.

MorningAJ said...

Take care in the snowy weather. We've been so lucky here so far, but I'm not sure we'll make it through February without seeing some of the white stuff.

I hope it doesn't get too snowy or your daughter in law will have trouble walking. Not good!

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

I believe that Wordsworth and Coleridge always recited their poems out loud so they could hear how they sounded. As they often did this while out on walks many people thought they were crazy!

George said...

Glad to hear that your daughter-in-law is doing better, Pat. As for the weather, we survived the polar vortex storm that swept through the south a few days ago (Atlanta, which was totally paralyzed, is only two hours to the west). Stay warm as you deal with your own weather. Spring will soon be upon us, thankfully.

Arija said...

You are awash with water and we hope and pray for even a little precipitation as we keep roasting here.
In the south of our country we have persistent extreme heat and in the north they are coping with cyclones and flooding. Fun, fun, fun.

Anonymous said...

I am sure your poetry readings are wonderful in good company. As Lucy (first comment) notes, there is a certain style of reading poetry particularly modern, that I just can't take - a monotonous 'poetry voice' with no inflection. Very affected I've always thought. Bearable in small doses, but en masse difficult for me to tolerate.
Along with Arija, 40 degree heat here. Phew.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

How wonderful for your daughter-in-law to have you to help out - and to enjoy your company.

Heather said...

Pleased to hear your daughter-in-law is doing so well. I remember learning The Jackdaw of Rheims at school. We have lovely sunshine here at present after two really dire days and more promised. Oh well - we are thankful to be just very squelchy and not flooded.

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

I am so glad your dil's recovery is going well....And want you know you have really been missed!

mrsnesbitt said...

The weather Pat? So cold - only one place to be eh? Keep warm.

Linda Metcalf said...

I am happy to hear your daughter in law is doing so well....I also love to have poetry read to makes so much more clear.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Interesting to read everyone's comments on poetry reading - I do agree that some folk read it much better than others. I find it necessary to practise before the readimg so that at least I get the sense of the thing right.
Thanks for calling in.

Mary said...

Sending good wishes for your DIL's speedy recuperation!

Yes, concerned for my family and friends in Devon (Torquay and Teignmouth) this weekend. This winter has been such a terrible one yet again on the south coast.

Hope you are snug and warm with colder weather coming in too - we had our first snow this past week, now to hit 66F today - crazy!

Hugs - Mary

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