A bell pic seems fitting for a post calling "time" on my seaside sojourn. This one is made out of shells I found at Kimmeridge at the beginning of the week: limpet shells in varying sizes all with holes at the apex of the shell and a handful of top shells also with holes at their apex for the clapper. It doesn't ring of course although I like the idea that perhaps when I am not looking or listening, it sings a faint sea-peal of waves breaking and retreating and somewhere at the heart of that peal is the secret chuckle of sea water entering rock pools again as the tide turns in, as it faithfully will, day in day out, summer and winter, autumn and spring, whether I am there or not.
Anyway it's time to leave the sea - I shall miss it a lot - to put holiday-mode on one side and to return to normal life.
Always difficult after a break. But one of the great joys of this blogging lark is that for the first time I feel my holiday is still there, waiting to be revisited and re-experienced in the posts of this week. Holidays are, by definition, not for ever, but half their benefit is looking forward to them, half is enjoying them and half again is looking back at them. And yes, I know that makes three halves! But somehow I don't want thirds, I want three halves here! And as you may already have gathered in these pages, Mrs T's relationship with mathematics is "interesting"!
There are of course things to go back to that are tedious and uninviting but there are also things I will be pleased to resume. And as the Chinese writer Lin Yutang once wrote, "No one realises how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow." I always try to think in my mind's eye of a list of things, some of them may be very little things, that, on returning home from however good a holiday, I will be pleased to encounter. Helps the transition from holiday to normality a lot I find.
Today's list includes in no particular order:
1 Replicating seaside ice cream cones at home (can't replicate the seaside but the cones, chocolate flakes and homemade ice cream are all possible)
2 Using the sea images and colours that have been floating in my head this last week to inspire a new piece of hooky (or possibly knitting, if kept very simple!)
3 Picking up the threads with friends and family again
4 Having been much more active this week than I am usually, keeping that up - I need to, as I'm far too sedentary, if I'm not careful, in my normal routine
5 H still has over a month of summer holiday left so doing some holidayish summery things at home
6 Having the refreshed and rebalanced perspective for work that being away always brings
7 Seeing my dahlias flower
8 Picking blackberries - the blackberry season is late this year because of all the bad weather earlier in the summer but come the end of the month, blackberry time will hopefully be here again which is good news for this household
Anyone else do this on the eve of returning home from holiday? I'd love to know what your list includes.
Finally I want to say a big thank you and send a hug to all those of you who have kept me company in the last week, reading and / or commenting here. It's been so lovely and has meant a lot to Mrs T to write her meanderings with your company. Normal and less meandery service will now be resumed (although not on a daily basis, I fear, once work gets a hold again!)
With love to you from the sea
and Mrs T