Posted by Tania Kindersley.
Sorry about radio silence yesterday. The day got away from me like a loose horse.
The nieces came, and the Man in the Hat. I made chicken soup and broad bean salad with feta cheese. I cooked and cooked. I thought: if I can feed my family then all manner of things shall be well.
Today, the sun shone. The wind blew. The sheep and cows grazed the green grass. The Younger Niece and I went for a walk, and talked of the past.
I used to be dismissive of family. All that blood being thicker than water; yada yada yada. It's a lot of reactionary nonsense, I used to think. Now, I fold myself inside the family, to feel safe. It is where I do not have to prove anything, or explain anything.
Also, they make me laugh.
The laughter is still a bit ragged. It comes out in sudden, too loud bursts, as if shot from the stomach. But it is laughter, and I do not take that for granted for a single moment.
Light and shade, I think; I must not forget that the two can co-exist.
The tremendous news is that I found the camera cable. My eye is out a bit, so the pictures are not marvellously good. Here are the flowers I arranged for the nieces' visit:
This is what we saw on our walk:
Lovely comments on Thursday, so kind and wise. Thank you for them all.