Tuesday, May 26, 2020

A little hello

Hello. How are you doing? I hope you're OK.

I'm sorry for the lack of posts: I ran out of puff. A dear friend died of cancer at the weekend and it was suddenly all too much.

This morning, to cheer me up, Dave agreed to come for an early morning walk by the river. Walking is not really his thing. Cycling, or nantling in the shed, or basking in the sunshine are more his cup of tea. 

The walk was lovely. I find walking by the river under the trees, listening to birdsong, very calming.

This viaduct carries the Monsal Trail:

There's a flight of steep steps to the left that takes you from the river path up to the Trail.

We saw a heron standing on a rock, preening itself:

'They're a lot more picturesque when they're not picking at themsleves, aren't they?' I said to Dave.

'So are people.'

Walking with Dave is a different experience from walking with Liz. 

With Liz (a latter day Fotherington-Thomas) it's 'Oh, look! A red kite!' or 'Isn't it lovely where the sunlight breaks through the trees and lights up those ferns!'

With Dave it's 'I'd like a bit of blue plastic pipe like that,' or 'This galvanised wire netting is a good non-slip surface, we should have some on our stairs instead of carpet.'

It was still very nice. He's a sweetie. And we didn't just talk about building stuff, we talked about Philip Larkin, too. He's a bit of a polymath. Did you know? 


Anonymous said...

Yes, he’s a wonder - in every respect.

There’s nothing so consoling as true companionship, and nature flourishing, regardless.

And how lovely to see a heron - impervious and magnificent, about its business.

Thea xx

Sally said...

Lovely post Sue, nature is the perfect distraction. So sorry about your friend. Sally

Anonymous said...

Dear Sue. I really don’t know what to say but am very grateful that you have found a way to find words, appreciate how difficult that is. Thinking of you.
Love Jenetta

Sue Hepworth said...

Thank you for your comments, friends.xxx

marmee said...

Sue I am sorry that you are grieving for another friend! Wish I could pop in for a quick cuppa and give you a proper hug.

Sue Hepworth said...

I’ll take a virtual one - thank you, Marmee. Xx