I’ve had a bad few days struggling with time management, fluency and my internal editor. I am now just going to sit down and write. This is post 2,300 so I really should have got the hang of it by now.

All that time ago, I intended to advertise the work of Quercus Community and to educate the world about aspects of nature. Eight hundred thousand words later it looks like I ended up writing about poetry and Cup a Soup. that was not how I envisaged the blog developing. Nor was it how I imagined my life unfolding.


Well, I nearly sat down and wrote. What actually happened was that Julia rang up wanting a lift back from the laundrette, we went to lunch at KFC, dropped in at the garden centre and had a drive round.Β  I can’t quite remember, but I think thi is our first outing since the autumn. Unless you count going to work as an outing. Even my social life isn’t so bad that I need to consider going to work as an outing. Not quite.

While we were out I noted the varieties of tree and flower blooming. I’m a poet, I need to know these things. The crocuses are gone, the daffodils are in full flower and the primroses just beginning to show. We did see a good clump of something that looked a lot like purple crocuses, but which turned out to be some sort of dead nettle – probably ground ivy but I’m a bit patchy on identifying dead nettles. They are all edible, so it doesn’t really matter if you are just wanting something to sprinkle on a salad.

With that number of words I could have written eight books. That would be more impressive as an answer when asked what I wrote. “Eight books”, even if they are about Cup a Soup , is a much more impressive answer than “a blog”. And even “a blog” is a more impressive answer than “haibun”. At least people have heard of blogs.

We’ve just had tea and banana cake. We are trying to make the cake last.

There we go, it’s nonsense, but at least it’s fluent nonsense.

I’m now feeling the urge to write about Cup a Soup.

27 thoughts on “Restrospective

  1. Clare Pooley

    I consider our weekly trip to Morrisons and Lidl as an outing. Pre-covid I thought that shopping was one of the most dreary jobs imaginable and would have gladly agreed to give it up if someone had offered to do it for me. I now discover that dreary jobs are better than staying at home all the time and having other people chose my shopping for me.
    I also read and enjoy everything you write in your posts. I might not comment but that is to do with my brain refusing to function and form coherent sentences and not the fault of your subject matter.

      1. quercuscommunity Post author

        They are captivating things – as a result of my reading I know more about cycling, Sooty and the New Forest than I ever realised was possible.

  2. charliecountryboy

    As someone once said, β€œIt’s the way I tell’em” I actually enjoy reading your posts, you didn’t expect that, did you, lol. Anyway I’m not adverse to a Cup o Soup, but please keep away from Pot Noodles 😁

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      πŸ™‚ Thank you. It’s amazing how much enjoyment is to be gained from looking into the lives of others. We were talking about pot noodles in the shop on Tuesday – great as an occasional snack but useless as a source of nutrition.

      1. charliecountryboy

        I once did the 3 Peaks and after 6 hours up and down Ben Nevis, before we set off for Scarfell Pike, they gave us a Pot Noodle! Never eaten one since πŸ˜‚

      2. quercuscommunity Post author

        Yes, apart from the nutrition I can see there might be overtones of exhaustion and despair colouring your view. πŸ™‚

        I have looked at Ben Nevis from a car twice, twenty years apart. I couldn’t see the top because of the cloud, both times. I have no evidence that the top was ever visible, or that it stopped raining, in any of those 20 years.

      3. charliecountryboy

        Haha, yes, it was a beautiful spring morning when we set off but the top was like a polar expedition. I remember the guy said only walk where he walked as there were snow shelves, which if we stood on would collapse. I was a bit baffled stood there in the April sun πŸ˜‚

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