Tales of walking, eating, watching and playing. Vintage treasures and simple pleasures ... the things that make her happy.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

She left a piece of her heart ...

... in Tuscany.

... where they lived life in the slow lane.
Cocooned in a cottage high in the Apuan Alps.
A remote, sun baked little house.
They walked every day ...
they swam in the river,
then returned to their cottage to cook simple food.
(Mr VJ making pesto!)
They drove the twisted road down the mountain,
to stock up at the market.
Practising her limited Italian, the grocer smiled
and gave her a gift of bunches of fragrant basil and
feathery parsley to go with their tomatoes and peppers.
His gesture made her happy all day ...
They drove to Lucca and Barga ...
These guys made her cry ...
Sometimes they took the train ...
They browsed an antiques market ...
They stood on the Devil's Bridge.
Went higher into the mountains by cable car ...
And joined in with the fun of the fiesta ...
But sometimes ...
they just sat and did nothing.
Listening to church bells echo across the valley ...
Watching bees.
Staring at basking geckos.
The scent of jasmine heavy in the air.
She loves this place so much.
some may mock her and say,
"pah, it is just a too hot, too decrepit, too quiet,
little house in a village in the too distant hills".
But for her ... it gives the gift of time ... and space.
She sings 'Summertime' to her little man,
as she did when he was a baby.
They read, they play.
They watch life around them.
They have time.
At home, every day ...
she misses time.



Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Scraps of old tablecloths ...

... timeworn tape measures, pretty coloured buttons and scraps of lace ...
all used to make individual cards.
Applique flowers cut out.
A little bit of bling here and there ...
The last bit of a wonderfully soft strip of old cotton ...
Timeworn and faded ...
with old darns ...
Crochet flowers and poems from an old ripped book bereft of cover ...
And a rosette, with a rather topical poem ...
She hopes to make lots more in time for ...
'Vintage at the Village Hall'
on Monday 8th September
at the Blandford Corn Exchange.
For lovers of all things vintage and hand made,
it is a quality fair that is not to be missed.

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Tuscan Rain

Through an open window ...
she smells rain on drop soaked, sun baked earth.
Cloud envelops their mountain. 
A swirling cloak of misty breath, 
dancing, a whirligig.
From the valley below smoky rain plumes rise.
Thunder crack, rain slap,
lightning strike and grumbles.
They do not mind.
The weather moves quickly on their mountain.
They read books they have wanted to read for a long time ...
Until the sun returns ... 


Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Whole Lotta Love ...


... at the Glastonbury Abbey Extravaganza,
they set up their chairs
and shared out their picnic ...
The Wildflowers performed first (they were VERY good),
followed by George Ezra,
and then she indulged her older man crush ...
Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters 
performed to the capacity crowd.
And delivered!
All topped off with a fab fireworks display ...
Whole lotta love!

Tuscan tales to follow ...

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