Another day, another list of things that are uninteresting to anyone apart from me, and not even that interesting to me in the main..
I passed today mainly drinking tea and watching TV. Also did a few exercises whilst sitting down watching TV and made a few notes on the4 pad next to my chair. Today isn’t really a Bank Holiday but as the Post Office was closed we had the day off as a bonus. Monday is going to be busy as we catch up with four days of orders and nonsensical emails, but it’s been nice having time to wind down.
Number Two Son is in the same country as us for the first time in nearly three years, but is currently sightseeing in London before coming up to Nottingham. I’m not by nature a nervous parent, but it’s always nice to know he’s landed safely.
Highlight of the Platinum Jubilee for me, in fact probably my favourite thing this century, was the TV clip of the Queen having tea with Paddington Bear and producing a marmalade sandwich from her handbag.
Finally, an email accepting two tanka prose. They are like haibun but use tanka instead of haiku. They also have fewer rules and are more about writing than about following rules. The “rules” aren’t actually rules, but the imaginings of several editors who see themselves as more important than the form. However, as I said yesterday, I won’t go off on one because, apart from a discussion about scansion, me talking about imaginery rules is one of the most boring subjects in poetry.
Tomorrow we have clotted cream to eat on our scones. My days tend to have fairly low-level highlights . . .
The photo is one I have on file – Paddington Bear on a gold 50p coin, outside St Paul’s Cathedral.
Son sent the link to the Paddington tea with the Queen film, before it was really mentioned or shown here-well, I hadn’t seen it. I quickly passed it on to daughters and friends. We loved it. The Jubilee was really spectacular!
Yes, they used do do things well, but they took a dip for the Millennium Celebration and came back for the Golden Jubilee, Olympics and this one. They have improved a lot.
Clotted cream is not a low level highlight!
A wonderful post, Simon. I couldn’t get to the Paddington Bear/Queen video, but watched one about the Jubilee instead. Just lovely.
It helps that we have had a Millennium, a Golden Jubilee and a Diamond Jubilee as rehearsals. If she is as healthy as her mother it will be a close run thing whether we have a100th Birthday or a State Funeral next. After the longest reign in British history, the next one could be quite short – like Victoria and Edward VII – she did 64 years and he did 10.
Congratulations on the tanka acceptances, Quercus!
Thank you Lavinia. Homing in on my hundredth – next one is 97 if my counting is correct – though I know numbers aren’t everything . . . 🙂
It’s all about the low level highlights
Yes, and being grateful for what you get. Whenever I see the name LA I don’t immediately think “New York Socialite and social media star” as many do, I think of a small dog in a bag and a cat in a Big Bird costume. 🙂
Laugh while you can, cats have long memories . . . 🙂
She paws me in the middle of the night if I’m sleeping on my side, because she wants me to sleep on my back so she can sleep on me….she got me back…
🙂 One of ours used to sit on my chest if I slept too long at the weekend – I used to wake dreaming that I was suffocating . 🙂
Ive opened my eyes to her face staring at me…it’s freaky
It is a sight that stays with you, isn’t it? 🙂
We share your delight at the Queen’s performance – and discussion about scansion is a wonderful phrase.
I’ve just been watching the parade on TV (despite my Cromwellian leanings) and was delighted to see Mike Tindall being used as a climbing frame by one of his kids. The presence of a man who resembles Shrek is a sure sign that the Royal Family is becoming modern.