Life’s alms……

I am sitting at my desk brain deep in a ‘techie’ project this afternoon and struggling to find focus. It’s tipping down with rain out there and I glanced up to see two dogs legging it along the beach. As their joyful barking floated up to my window, I paused to watch them and then stopped what I was doing to dip into my own joy with writing.

Georgie and I have just returned from a holiday in Lisbon and my goodness, he gifted us so much more than a break away.

We discovered that we holiday in the same way and Lisbon was a delight to flow through for a while. From the ancient castle, winding little streets, monuments, churches and medieval tower to watching the surfers ride the Atlantic waves, where we joined them late each afternoon splashing about in the water. The whole place has an air of calm about it which we pottered through nattering and giggling together. Before we went we discussed having a plan and ended up with no plan. Simply starting each day on our balcony looking out to sea with a ‘What do you fancy doing?’ So many memories made. ❀

On Sunday Georgie and his family had an adventure day in the Lake District, which I was invited to and laughingly declined, as the hard hats and wet suits were a giveaway for me on what was involved. Now if it had been a writer’s retreat I would have been there like a shot. This is my favourite pic from Sunday. Go Georgie, go……

Monday night found us in Manchester Cathedral watching my lovely brother play in the group Lamb. Many hugs, grins, catch-up’s and singing songs from across the years of watching Lamb play, while Georgie and I lent against each other when we could.


30 Responses to “Life’s alms……”

  1. 1 Jean M. Cogdell October 24, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Oh, it sounds like a lovely holiday. Sigh…

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  2. 3 roughwighting October 23, 2017 at 11:05 am

    I could ‘feel’ the love of that vacation, and the time together, from your words and the wonderful photos. So. Much. I live in the States and don’t know this area, but I’d certainly like to visit there sometime!

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  3. 7 frederick anderson October 23, 2017 at 9:25 am

    What an awesome place for a gig, Manchester Cathedral! My great-grandfather was married there, apparently. And Lisbon, about which I know nothing…I just googled my way there and the Gulbenkian sounds entirely my thing. What a life you have! Bon for the next voyage, Jane!

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    • 8 Jane Sturgeon October 23, 2017 at 10:16 am

      Thanks Frederick and I just Googled the Gulbenkian (and ended up in Canterbury till I added Lisbon). We were staying over the water in Lisbon, so when we explored Lisbon itself we were on foot. We didn’t get out to the suburbs (it’s a sprawling place). The Gulbenkian looks like our kind of place too. Hugs for you and here’s to a good week. Xx

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  4. 9 Tandy | Lavender and Lime October 23, 2017 at 6:51 am

    So glad you had good travels! We are off to the Lake District in February πŸ™‚

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  5. 11 dgkaye October 21, 2017 at 2:39 am

    Oh you are blessed to be traveling and doing so many fun things Jane. You are so right, sometimes the best plans are no plans and letting the day take you where it may. I love the photos and especially the one of you and your man with the golden beams of sunlight shining upon both of you. So I’ll send you some moonbeams of love my friend. ❀ xxx

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  6. 14 Christy B October 20, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    Oh wow your adventure day in Lake District with Georgie looked like a lot of fun πŸ™‚ That’s a great pic of you two!

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  7. 16 ianscyberspace October 20, 2017 at 2:29 am

    Such and interesting life you live. I wish I’d seen Lisbon in my travels over the years.

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    • 17 Jane Sturgeon October 20, 2017 at 7:56 am

      It was out first visit as we’re going to places neither of us have ever been before. The second language there is English, which surprised us. Our two countries have many links and they are never talked about and we have never gone to war with each other which is a huge plus. Hugs for you Ian. Xx

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  8. 18 tornadoday October 19, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    btw…..I love the pic of you and Georgie!!!!

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  9. 20 tornadoday October 19, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    ❀ my most favorite adventures are those that started without a clear plan………with the only objective of joy ❀

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  10. 22 grandfathersky October 19, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    What a perfect way to start any day – Let the Universe present itself, and we will find our way … Joy!

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  11. 24 Clare Pooley October 19, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    That is such a lovely photo of you and Georgie! I’m so pleased you had an enjoyable break in Lisbon – a place I would love to visit. I don’t blame you for declining the adventure day in the Lakes πŸ˜€ Couples need to have some separate interests and not be together all the time.
    How exciting to have such a talented brother!
    Love and hugs to you, my dear Jane xx ❀ ❀ xx

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  12. 29 Jane Stansfeld October 19, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    I savored the happiness in this post, – keep sharing!

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