Sunday, 13 October 2013

Birthdays have their own challenges


All the sounds of the earth are like music. To accomplish great things we must first dream, then visualise, then plan, believe, act! It is not for man to rest in absolute contentment. He is born to hopes and aspirations as the sparks fly upward, so the arrow will fly through the air and leave no trace. With your dreams, visualisation, plan and action you will leave a trace. This last week Gary might have taken a few moments to reflect just this. 

I always tend to reflect on my life, when another birthday comes around. Would I change anything if I had my time again, yes, I would have taken a university degree in history and literature. It is debatable whether I would have been clever enough to pass but that is something I have always regretted. The rest I have put down to experience, I suppose a combination of all life’s experiences, all the choices made, remembering past images. The emotional highs and everything in between. 

Lastly life is not about money or fame, more a balance of all, for some, just living brings all the above, while others have to compromise. Different instincts travel with them through life's journey. As I have always said ' Some dance to another beat.'

House hunting is still on going, most do not want children or dogs. To finish off Susan and I went for a run on Saturday morning, on the horizon was a deep, dark storm heading our way, as you can see from the attached image. This time we were fortunate to be just ahead of the storm, that strangely quiet, warm period of time before the heavens are about to open. 



Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Every Picture tells story


We all watched  Startrek, the quest to go where no man has  been, I have , but sometimes where you came from, is so ingrained in your very soul that there  is no getting away from that automatic reach for the Bokomo Weetabix for your breakfast  Your urge to check the weather in St Michaels, there is no one there any more but they where and that is what makes this urge all that greater. The day passes and when you are shopping for dinner you instinctively drop a South African white and red in your basket.
This  is not done by instinct, but to stay connected. The bottle of red Australian wine that appears in your basket is not by design or accident but that connections that flows through you without you knowing. Family and children are there, be it Australia or South Africa, and I cannot forget.
We are moving, our landlord has got some family problems and needs the house back, so we are looking for a new house, exciting times and not before time.
Every picture does tell a story, take the top one as an example. That screw kept for sometime we might need it, those old course papers which might be useful for someone in the future? My favourite, the inside of a cream cheese tub with a recipe we will never make. Waste not want not, the old expression rears its head again. Getting back to that screw, I have a feeling there is a screw lose somewhere, maybe even lost, I will have a think on this, maybe that screw has a home.

Now onto the most important news of all, Gary Smith is having a birthday, yes I know, not another one, seems to have 2 or 3 a year. He said to me the other day that he was looking for a small boat, as he has moved near a dam and wanted to take the family on a water adventure. As you can see he has been doing his homework and now it is just about the finer points. It seems the Sunseeker has come up trumps. Will the internet work? Is there a cellar for the wine? Complex questions that need to be answered. I do believe it has a gas fuelled pizza oven for those odd days you would want a Italian open sandwich. Happy Birthday Pants, may the joys of youth surround you and the fortunes of happiness engulf you. Can someone tell me how he will get it there?
I have opened a bottle of Pinotage tonight because at my age you do not let an opportunity to go by, who knows, you can not be too careful, tomorrow is a long way away.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Walking Sam

Somedays I wonder where to take Sam for a walk. The beach is always an option but the countryside does beckon? Sometimes I just want to go somewhere I can sit and be still. let my mind find it own answers to what ever problem or challenge disturbs it. 
Taking Sam to the beach on rainy days is the obvious solution, that way he stays clean but on those few days when the sun is shining and the breeze is gentle, Wareham Forest is our getaway location. 
When you walk through a forest with Sam you tend to let your mind drift, you reflect on your path taken and there I realised, that surviving and living your life takes courage. The ambitions and dreams you're strive for require courage and risk taking. Makes me think of the tortoise, it only makes progress when it sticks out it's head. 
Michael has bought another car to get around Bristol. Now that he is staying in a house quite far from the University, he really needed a car to combat those mad drivers. A little advise to anyone wanting to travel in Bristol, take care, ignore the blaring hooters and make sure you know where you going. 

This is a time of change, moving house being the top of our agenda. We are looking for a 3/4 bedroom house, quite central, with a garden. This might seem easy but over here most landlords do not want dogs or children. What a reflection on our society? Talking of moving, Gary has just sold his house and has rented a castle until they build their new home. Angela and Matt moved just a few months ago to a 6 bedroom mansion as Angela is expecting the pitter patter of little feet again. This Christmas will be a challenge for Santa.
Before Christmas we must not forget, Gary will be having another birthday on the 9th, I trust I join everyone in wishing him a Happy Birthday, hopefully he will have some healing water from the grapes to take him into his next year.

We went to a party at Longthorns Farm, they know how to put on a party, a local photographer caught Michael partaking in what is known as a stubby, look like a beer to me.