-- February 22nd, 2015 --
We all know that life is a roller coaster. Sometimes on the downward bits of the ride, we’d like to get off, saying, “Actually, this sort of up and down experience doesn’t suit me. I’ll go for the bumper cars instead, as I’m quite able to handle hard knocks. It’s the ups and downs I can’t deal with.” But life doesn’t give us the option to change rides in the middle of the fair.
What life does do, however, is give us, every once in awhile, a massive upward trajectory, and a chance to hover at the top of the track, with a heady sense of oxygen and a clear view of everything below: where we’ve been, how high we had to climb to get where we are now.
The last few weeks have seen me all over the damn ride. But I’m on a definite high now, with my beloved “Tonight at 7.30″ getting glowing reviews on both Amazon US
and Amazon UK
. Life doesn’t get much happier than that.
But let’s go backwards, through this mad month of mine. You definitely need a bit of a glimpse of last week’s half-term “holiday.”
How long has it been since you were in a position to spend four days in a remote country district without internet, television or telephone, unless you got in a car and drove five miles? Before you answer that, how long has it been since you were in said situation, and then the car was driven away by your husband, leaving you and your offspring in the misty Devon countryside in a massive 18th century stone house? I give you: The Library.
Of course in this photo we’ve just arrived, with all the clobber we (I) seem to require to leave home: several thick sweaters, Wellies, candles and candlesticks, a popcorn maker, an immersion blender, my special salt. And John was there to settle us in, and to look quite Lord of the Manor as he did so.
The first day was lovely. The sky dawned unbelievably blue. Here is our view from the main house to the “Orangery” where Avery slept. Yes, Mom (my mother was totally disbelieving when I revealed this to her): we actually made Avery sleep in an outbuilding. An unheated outbuilding. Hey, we brought along an electric blanket! And under this bright blue sky, it seemed quite reasonable. Really. It was only after John left, and the skies opened and the temperature dropped right down, that we realised it had been a bit mad. Here was her “room.”
As befits an Orangery, there was an orange.
At least the original glass ceiling had long-since given way and be replaced with a normal roof. Can you imagine the temperature with a glass ceiling?
When we planned our Devon getaway…
-- January 20th, 2015 | --
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Stephen Sondheim, Into the Woods
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