Afternoon tea with my friend,
Sipping sparkling wine
To celebrate her birthday,
While all the while anticipating
Another birthday far away
In snowy Macclesfield.
Another day of waiting…. Nice to have friends to share the good times and the anxious moments.
Needle in and out,
One, two, three, four….
Keep the rhythm –
Hardanger is a traditional embroidery stitch, and new to me. It requires concentration to keep to the pattern, but creates a gentle, steady rhythm, a soothing occupation while waiting for news….
“Today” news, Radio 4 with morning tea in bed,
5 Live tennis commentary from Down Under,
Voices from around the world
As I eat my breakfast.
Years ago turning the dial to
Wimbledon commentary on Radio 2
And Radio Luxembourg under the blankets
My little blue transistor opened my mind to wider horizons.
Listening to tennis commentary on the radio always takes me back to my childhood, and the little radio my family had. No TV allowed in those days because of my family’s strict religious beliefs, but I can remember the thrill of turning the little dial and tuning into voices, often in unknown languages, from around the world
I walk home along the lane,
Birds are chirruping and twittering
As the dusk descends.
I watch from the window
the sky is changing slowly
Into evening dress.
Amazing sky this evening at around 5 o’clock.
Cutting up bits and pieces
Into carefully measured
Then joining up the little pieces
Into carefully arranged
Now what do I do with it?
The story of our lives, perhaps?
This is the product of my cutting up my “blue Monday” fabrics, and piecing them together at an Embroiderer’s Guild workshop, using shaded four patch blocks. Quite a satisfying (although fiddly) process but I don’t know what to do with it now!