|A slow path back to the world|
|Alone with the cat and my thoughts|
This is my birthday month and my favourite time of the year. Here in the North East of Berlin we're staying with friends at a house that was only just built the first time we visited 25 years ago and is now beautifully and randomly matured - forests nearby, not a sound of traffic anywhere within earshot, and food and drink still the common languages. The talk with our friends down in Munich on Tuesday was all of Brexit - I don't think I could ever give up this sort of easy travel ... hopefully it all turns out well enough to not cause too much hassle, or perhaps it will be time to up sticks and move.
|Having a chat with the neighbours|
It's been an enjoyable if unconscious break from online pursuits this summer and I've found it hard to get back to the day to day focus of the visibility needed to enable classes and tours. But it'll not take long to get back into the swing of things. All around us friends are starting to enjoy retirement or the prospect of it and it can be quite unsettling. I'm starting to feel the need to slow down myself but have a good few years yet to go until I reach the age for a state pension. I feel tired from being constantly ill over the past number of years, but my head is still full of energy. So my intention for this coming big birthday, and for the coming winter is to focus on increasing my energy, getting a bit fitter and keeping myself as healthy as possible to be able to keep on touring and getting to see beautiful parts of the world like this. To be able to enjoy long, late into the night discussions with good friends, to enjoy seeing the new generations as they grow and to enjoy my singing groups at home as they develop and mature.