Saturday, 9 November 2013
Emerging from the Slough of Despond
First of all (in case anyone had noticed), apologies for my lengthy absence from blogging.
This was due in the main to a very severe attack of eczema on my face and neck which was hard to live with but is now on the wane, despite having migrated to my arms.
Additionally I have been wrestling with my household demons again. This time the water tank in the loft which has been overflowing for a week.
Too long and boring a story to relate here, but time-consuming and anxiety making.
These days I find that things which were fairly minor upsets in days of yore, tend to take over my life and control my moods. Petty I know, but true.
Last evening I went to my first choir practice for a month (from 6.30 until 8.45pm) Hard work since it is for 3 services in the next 48 hours, but very very enjoyable after a long 'drought'.
Today is our 'Close' fireworks party and looking gloomily at the pouring rain I decided to watch some of the TV Lord Mayor's Show.
Only dipping in and out of it as I go about my household chores I was lucky enough to catch sight of one of the most treasured memories of my childhood - a giant steam-roller (Society of Paviors) trundling through the streets of the city.
Oh the nostalgia!
I well remember dozens of small children including my brothers and I, trailing after the massive, wonderful smelly monsters as they miraculously tarred and rolled the roads. The steam hissing the noise of the giant rolling along and the gorgeous heady small of hot tar.
On rare occasions, some lucky small person would be plucked from the pavement and lifted aloft for a ride on the monster. (I know, health and Safety would have a fit), and the rest of us green with envy would rush alongside yelling "me, me".
Tomorrow after our own trunkated service at St M's, we will process in our choir robes down to the market square and as usual take part in the Civic Remembrance Service. This year joining forces with Aylesbury Vale Choir so the resultant sound should be well worth hearing.
Our practice with them went swimmingly as did the one with the Head of Music from a local school who will be holding his annual Remembrance Service on Monday evening in the church.
Busy once again. Praise be!
Posted by Ray Barnes at 12:18:00 pm