Friday, 7 September 2018

The path back to Autumn

A slow path back to the world
I'm not quite ready to give up on summer yet... it's been so delightful having long periods of sun and when the rain started at home we managed to follow the sun again back to France.   Now, we've a couple of unscheduled days off in Germany before our concerts this weekend and the sun is  still shining.   So I'm sitting outside on the veranda sipping a glass of wine and doing a bit of catching up.  Our dates are here.
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.  


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  1. I'm not ready for summer to end either. Just watched a gardening programme and they are talking of planning things for next summer!

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    1. Oh no, that sounds a bit ahead of things :)

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  2. Me neither, it is still pretty nice weather here and long may it remain so. My birthday too this month Fil. Happy Birthday to you. I think my big number is somewhat higher than yours this year. Good luck with the tours and I hope Brexit does work out OK. Sorry you are constantly ill but doesn't sound as though you are giving in to it.

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    1. No, I'm keeping on top of it Jo, although at times I wonder at the sense of keeping travelling.
      Happy Birthday:) All the best people are September babes :)

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  3. Your summer is ending & ours will be here soon, though we did have a 33deg day whilst in Queensland. Happy birthday for whenever that birthday pops up & I'm wondering if you are a Virgo? Or is it late in September? I've a big one coming up next year, but as I'm defenitley more than pension age here in Oz, mine will be higher than yours too. Have a great week & take care.

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    1. Hi Susan, yes, I'm a Libra - I've a few more weeks with a *9 in my age lol I"m just grateful to be getting to this age.
      I hope your summer's not too bad - we're heading back home tomorrow, going from 26C to 12C!! Yikes.

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  4. Hi Fil - sounds like Germany has been fun - and I certainly hope the concerts fulfilled their promise. Ageing ... is always difficult - we think we never get there ... but it comes ticking along. Enjoy what you can, do what you can ... and push a tiny bit harder - anything extra is a benefit. Take care - happy Autumn ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Thanks for that Hilary - there's not much we can do to stop it happening, but as I said to Susan I'm just grateful to be reaching this age - so many of my friends and colleagues haven't. And I think push a bit harder is very good advice. Take care you too and enjoy the Canadian Autumn

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  5. Wising you lots of calm and peaceful times amongst the busy ones.

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    1. Thank you Julie - that's a lovely thought

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