There’s always something…

Early on Saturday morning I sat out on the sky garden and a Blackbird, perched on the roof opposite, was singing his heart out with a background chorus provided by the harmonious sparrows.

Then the Police helicopter flew over and started to circle.

After a good few months, and multiple visits from different telecoms engineers, the crackling landline was fixed yesterday. My relief was palpable and my Mum was the first one to ask if I had baked him a cake.

Happily flowing with telephone calls today, my landlord started to mow the back lawn underneath my window. Given the number of trees in pots out there, this is a lengthy and challenging task and noisy, very noisy.

The craft group I started in the local heritage centre has been loyally supported by my buddies, but has not caught the interest of anyone else. Time to gently fold it.

When I was there I met Carla from The Kollective and she has invited me to join her local artist’s group.

At Aqua Zumba we all share and support and even if we are weary from a long day, it lifts each and every one of us. One of the lifeguards keeps pace with all our moves poolside and he’s hilarious.

The other evening the music speaker started to break and then kept going silent for several minutes. We all started to sing our hearts out, filling the gaps and with great spirit, keep moving at the same time. A round of applause, huge grins and much laughter, as the class finished.

There was a wonderful program on the BBC recently, about villages, towns and cities entering the ‘In Bloom’ annual competition. I loved watching it for the community spirit and the wealth of ideas that sprang forth. Being blessed to know so many by their first name in our local area, it struck me that a community project would bring much love in. This has stayed as a thought, till yesterday.

I was dashing home with groceries, when I saw a group tending to the grassy area at the top of our little cobbled street, next to a parking places and the main road. I went over and talked to them. From love, they have come together and are tending to local public areas and planting flowers and I have been invited along to their next get together.

Taking a break for lunch today, I went to sit out in the sky garden. The Blackbird was back on his perch, singing his heart out, with the sparrows supporting him, as the tide went out and the waves caught the highest point of the beach, shushing along in time. ❀

35 Responses to “There’s always something…”

  1. 1 frederick anderson June 19, 2018 at 11:13 am

    Oh, yes, I sympathise! Here in my airy nest I am serenaded this summer by heavy machinery as every specialised piece of equipment known to man is deployed in building a new house just across the road. Poor little thing, I’m sure it must feel intimidated by the web of steel and yellow hydraulics towering over it. I do not mind the machine noise (in fact I find it quite soothing, in its way) and I would have no complaints if only the operators spent less time driving backwards. The bleeper that sounds continually all the time they are reversing tempts me to start throwing things! Your blackbird sounds lovely – mine is a bad-tempered little squirt and he hates everyone, including the sparrows, with a passion. If I was his wife I’d have him sectioned!

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    • 2 Jane Sturgeon June 19, 2018 at 12:18 pm

      I laughed out loud at your end of you comment. My sweet companion was singing his heart out at lunchtime, but Bob the Builder is busy here too and there is a ‘Me’ in a parallel universe that is throttling him and saying (loudly) ‘Finish it, just bloody finish it’ and then I hide all his tools. πŸ˜‰ Hugs for you, with a great deal of loving energy. Xx

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  2. 3 Sue Dreamwalker June 15, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    Blackbirds have a beautiful Song and are companions within my gardens..
    Sorry to hear the uptake of your craft group has not got more support.. But then maybe something else is meant to take its place..

    Aqua Aerobics how fun.. I could imagine you all singing and splashing to the life guards antics.. πŸ™‚

    I know the annoyance if a crackling phone line, so pleased you got it sorted..
    I must have missed the In Bloom program on TV.. Will have to try to look it up, as I love gardening programs. Though Have been pretty busy in my own of late to do much else but fall asleep lol in the evenings πŸ™‚

    Have a perfect Weekend Jane..
    LOVE and Blessings your way πŸ™‚

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    • 4 Jane Sturgeon June 15, 2018 at 3:55 pm

      It’s lovely to hear from you Sue and I appreciate you taking the time over your caring message. xXx The Blackbird has just come back on his favourite perch and he’s singing his heart out. It’s been a long day and my weariness is lifting, as I sit and quietly listen to him. So many blessings of nature around us. Hugs and here’s to a peaceful and lovely weekend for you too Sue. Much love flowing to you. ❀ xXx

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  3. 6 kewsmith June 15, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    It’s all about connections.

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  4. 8 Clare Pooley June 14, 2018 at 11:19 pm

    I am so pleased your phone has been repaired properly at last! What a pity the lawn had to be mowed while you were working! It is a noisy job and the people doing it aren’t as aware of the noise as we listeners! The blackbird photo is a beauty!
    Hugs and ❀ ❀ flowing to you, my dear friend xxxx

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  5. 11 dgkaye June 14, 2018 at 2:47 am

    I just love your stories of serendipity and taking in all the small joyful moments in life Jane. And I’m sorry about your crafting group, but at least you are part of Karla’s now. Life just has a way of working out doesn’t it?
    Flowing hugs to you my magical friend. ❀ xoxo

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  6. 15 grandfathersky June 13, 2018 at 10:34 am

    Sometimes it feels we are watching from the edge of eternity, as if standing on a riverbank, feeling part of the flow …

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  7. 17 valeriedavies June 13, 2018 at 4:26 am

    Your life sounds so full and rich with the tiny things that make up the beauty of life and the present… and your blogs remind me of that preciousness, dear Jane…

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  8. 19 ShimonZ June 13, 2018 at 4:02 am

    beautiful photo of the blackbird… and so nice to hear that they sing between the helicopter visits…

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  9. 21 Eric Alagan June 13, 2018 at 3:50 am

    Lisa loves to potter around – literally – and has several lovely flowering plants which is the envy (in a nice way) of our neighbours.

    The guy next door, about my age, has tilled and planted the patch of land right below our apartment block. And it is flourishing with vegetables and fruits.

    I’m not a gardening type, but was impressed enough with his labour and caught myself chatting about his little garden. Perhaps, one day I might just join Lisa and him.

    Gardening does help build community, doesn’t it?

    All good wishes, my dear buddy,

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    • 22 Jane Sturgeon June 13, 2018 at 11:27 am

      Yes Eric, there is something about sharing nature and about nature blooming, that lifts everyone’s spirits. I remember my Grandad saying to me, when I was very little; ‘Get your hands in the soil, it always helps’. Hugs and much love flowing to you and Lisa, my special buddy. ❀ Xx

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  10. 23 smzang June 13, 2018 at 12:44 am


    You have a most beautiful way of setting your reader down,
    smack dab in the middle of the scene. I read you lovely narrative
    and became one with it. Thank you for the peace and beauty that
    you share, and thank you for being always real. You are a joy.


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  11. 25 ianscyberspace June 13, 2018 at 12:22 am

    Nothing nicer than to relax and listen to the bird calls. We encourage them at the back of our home with flowering trees that they love to feast on. A couple have the curious habit of coming to the plate glass patio doors and pecking on them. I don’t know if they are harvesting minute creatures we can’t see or just pecking at their image. Anyway, it’s nice to have wildlife around us.

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  12. 27 Loretta June 12, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    Sounds like a beautiful day, even with the noise.

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  13. 29 Peter Wells aka Countingducks June 12, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    I love any aspect of community spirit and I love your celebration of it πŸ™‚

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  14. 32 Jane Stansfeld June 12, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    Al is right – another lyrical day and a good calming read!


  15. 34 Al June 12, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    You have a knack for changing a narrative of the day’s events into poetry. Makes us wish we were there enjoying it with you.

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