Saturday, March 26, 2011

Spring, Sprong, Sprung

The clocks go forward tonight, giving that extra hour of daylight and making everyone all summery again. It's about time, I've been waking up so early in the mornings, because of the angle of the sun being that little bit higher, and I've been paying close attention to the daffodils that I planted in the garden last autumn - I hadn't any bulbs planted in the garden, and it's nice to watch them growing, from the green budding tips to the blowsy yellow trumpets that sway in the wind, announcing that SPRING IS HERE!

I'm back from France, which was a really interesting trip away. While the ceremony and burial were poignant, the French way of carrying out these rituals was very interesting to observe - so dignified and respectful, and yes even elegant - so French! I've also met a whole load of new relations, cousins two and three times removed, and there are some interesting times ahead as we will all forge new connections through the children in families on both sides. I reckon that my lot now have a very valid reason to pay more attention in their French classes at school, and hopefully we will see some exchanges happen between the families, over the coming years. It's all about family in the long run :¬)

So, it's back to normal, until Wednesday when I fly to London to take part in that exciting poetry reading in the wonderful bookshop at Oxfam Marylebone. Anne Stevenson has an extra long slot, so I can't wait to hear her wonderful poetry in person, as well as the others which include Malika Booker, Emma Jones, Jacquelyn Pope, and Don Share. Busy, busy, busy! Now, back to the garden to make the most of this fine spell we're having.

3 comments:

Dominic Rivron said...

Back to the garden? It was nice here... yesterday. Quite unpleasantly chilly here today.

BarbaraS said...

Sorry to hear that Dominic. There's rain on the way now for mid-week. Aw well, it's needed I guess :S

Kay McKenzie Cooke said...

Hi Barbara! Yes it is all about family in the end ... I am enjoying delving into the family tree a little & finding about the Northern Ireland branch... Aghadowey is where the maternal link hailed from at one stage. You never know, I might make it over there one day ... Good to catch up with you again! You do sound busy. But happy. :)