Magical notes in a day……

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Throughout the summer on weekends in Vale Park we are treated to music. Yesterday I put my knitting bag together and strolled up the promenade, collected a deck chair at the entrance to the bandstand and settled down in the park. Neighbours drifted in and we enjoyed two hours of delight from the Golborne brass band who played everything from the classic marching tunes, songs from WWI and WWII right through to Abba, Queen and Flo Rida.

Little ones danced in front of the bandstand without inhibition, the sailing dinghies were out on The Mersey providing a backdrop through the trees, the bell tinkled through now and then from the Fairy Garden, butterflies flew and there was peaceful happiness in the air.

They ended by playing ‘You will never walk alone’ by Gerry and The Pacemakers. The birds took off from the trees en masse and swirled together to re-settle back on the branches again. Then they took off again and again. It took me a few minutes to realise that they were flying in time to the music. It was magic.

Love flowed when I went to the knitting group for the first time last week. I was welcomed with open arms and I could feel that the loving care in ‘Remember When’ tearoom has touched all of the ladies that join together there every week. We had a lovely time and phone numbers were exchanged with plans being made to have a special Christmas meal together, in the tearoom of course. Lesley has displayed my creativity and the orders are coming in. I am going back there tomorrow, just to have a top-up of the loving atmosphere. ❤

The quiz night last week was hilarious and the banter a joy to be a part of. I feel that the love created from the knitting group in the morning had stayed with me and it went into the hotel bar that night. We were all on top form. There is a camaraderie between the teams and a fair bit of 'sharing' of information, sometimes deliberately misleading…I mean imagine that! The moment that brought us all to our knees with laughter went like this…..

The head of the 'The Know Hopers' called across to the 'The Boys' that she needed a word with her husband, who came across to our table:

'How can I help you my love?' he enquired.

'I fancy some hot nuts' she said.

With deadpan delivery he replied 'I presume you mean peanuts'.

Magic moments as Em and I get a whole day to spend together….

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Emily has turned 22 and we have been planning a day together since Christmas and on Monday this week we pulled it off.

I headed down the motorway to Leicester and we spent the day doing all the things we love together. Leicester is a thriving city and two universities give it a very young feel. They have ‘lanes’ going off the city centre, just like Brighton, and the little shops up there were tailor made for us girls. We ‘oohhed and aahhed’ over paintings, glasswork, pottery and crafty gifts. We sat in a wonderful deli having lunch and caught up with our news. It felt like we were in Italy. A local wool shop gave us new knitting ideas and projects and the vintage and secondhand furniture shops are a treasure trove of fun.

Em took me to a place called ‘Ocean Commotion’ and some of her childhood memories floated up while we looked in all the tanks. The marvelous colours of the little fish and the gentle burble of the air in the tanks took us to another world for a while. Em remembered when she was little and we used to take her to a garden centre with a special place full of fish tanks. She loved those trips. I remembered two goldfish her Dad won at a fun fair years ago. ‘Gordon and Herbet’ lived with us for quite a while in the big glass bowl I found in a junk shop.

Magic moments float up as I think back to Monday. As the sun set (somewhere high up above, because it tipped down with rain all day) there were little twinkly lights that came on outside the shops. One place was covered in them right up the front from the display window to the roof three stories above. In another there was a studio above a gallery that had us both feeling a longing to get up there and paint. We found a cosy Irish pub and sat and nattered while I sewed a popper onto Em’s coat that kept flapping in the wind. The butterfly umbrella my Mum gifted Em was in use all day, but the weather did nothing to dull our shine.

We had a great time in a restaurant Em had discovered for our dinner. It offered a world buffet and I needed her guidance on several occasions as I looked at food I did not recognise. The staff were great and caught our fun mood and we left there with many good wishes and paper hats on our heads.

As we said ‘au revoir’ to each other Em put a huge bag of clothes, that she no longer wears, in my hand and I have already worn a spangly top that was nestling in there. She also discovered a lovely skirt and scarf in a charity shop for the new work I am doing on platform. She is one canny and thoughtful shopper.

Em is in her final year at Uni and has a 10,000 word dissertation before her in the next few months. We shared memories of the degree choices she had before her just a few short years ago, because she chose the unexpected. She made the best choice for her and I applaud her courage in following her heart, as she is flying with it. She has carved a lovely life out for herself in Leicester and has got out and about exploring and found all sorts of places. Her new friendships there have brought blessings forth and she has discovered much about herself.

Life flows and things rarely go to plan, as our children grow up, and in my case a marriage ends. Emily is a priceless gift from my marriage and life’s gifts continue to flow in the magic moments we have together.

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Look, I don’t want to wax philosophic, but I will say that if you’re alive you’ve got to flap your arms and legs, you’ve got to jump around a lot, for life is the very opposite of death, and therefore you must at very least think noisy and colorfully, or you’re not alive – Mel Brooks

I know the title is too long for Twitter but those with curiosity will have clicked on the link!

This morning I was in the courtyard cleaning the hen house and having been up early writing I was happily in my pj’s and dressing gown and yes, it is pink. We live in an unusual set-up tucked away in an old caretakers house on the edge of a business site and this morning was bin collection morning. Down the side of our home is a walkway through to a prep school and I saw an old acquanitance of mine on the school run and we had a quick catch-up and yes she was beautifully turned out this morning. Her face completely closed off when I said that part of my daily round now involved psychic work and I, being used to this, carried on as if nothing had happened, didn’t expand on the exact nature of my work and wished her and her family well….then I paused and thought I’ll just grab the empty bin whilst I’m out here! The bin men had left it in the middle of the external driveway (thanks fellas)…it’s a business site….and in my business attire (who sees me when I write!!) I grabbed the bin. I was caught and I bantered with the person who caught me and much laughter ensued.

This morning I have also tried to order a leaving present for Morgan, Em’s boyfriend, as he is off to Uni next week and the web site (name and shame) ‘I Want One of Those.com’ declined both my debit and credit cards. I found the pressies on Amazon and they are now on the way, but the cards being declined on the other site caused my bank’s fraud department to call to check everything was OK…..I don’t think the gentleman on the other end of the line has had a call quite like it because I started joking that I want one of those dot com was not as bad as it sounded and was in fact a gift site and all was well in my world because I had found the items I wanted 50% cheaper on Amazon. He could barely talk through his script for laughing…..

A number of things struck me as I finished my morning tasks….

I…….

No longer hide who I am,
Prioritise my own needs,
Don’t take life too seriously,
Scare myself on a daily basis with my new creative projects,
Get rid of the rubbish,
Tell those I care about what I appreciate about them every day,
Say ‘bollocks to it’ often (sorry Mum) x

Whether you are moodling, creating, working, living, coping, whatever you are doing have fun somewhere in it…….

We all need some fun in our lives, the sunshine in our souls that laughter brings…that spontaneous explosion of mirth as someone touches a funny bone….

It rejuvenates us, puts a spring back in our step and tops up energy.

So……

If all around you is looking a bit murky and dark
When you crave a giggle or a bit of a lark
Then remember what you used to do for fun…
What sparks the laughter bubbles in your soul
And create the space for it to happen as onwards you stroll….

Last thought; IMOM your one liner yesterday was hilarious and is still causing chuckles at this end – the best kind of misinterpretation x