It’s been a sad few days here with the loss of a beloved pet. It’s a specific sadness, and really, there is nothing for it.
Back in January 2014, at the ripe old age of 46, I decide to learn to play ukulele. I’d read that learning a musical instrument could help ward off dementia, and with my short-term memory fading quickly, I went to the music shop and bought a little concert ukulele, and within a few hours, I was hooked. Seriously hooked. I quickly graduated to the warmer tones of a tenor ukulele, and a few months later, a baritone. I rarely play anything other than baritone these days, and while I’m not sure it’s helped my failing memory, it has made me a much happier person. As I am completely self-taught, there is a great satisfaction in having learned something by myself with only my own enthusiasm and the love of the instrument to keep me going. The first thing I did was teach myself six chords – G, C, Am, F, Em, and D. You’d be surprised how many songs you can play with these. I then downloaded a program called iRehearse which – and I say …
Or swings and roundabouts. Cliches for those times life seems black and white, one way or another, off or on. I’d welcome a bit of grey right now.
It’s been one of those weeks. A holiday at the Whisky Experience would be a welcome diversion right now.
Summer hasn’t been great this year – lots of rain, cool temperatures, and overcast skies. My poor veggie patch is suffering, but the wildflowers don’t seem to mind.
I do not enjoy marking time, but my brain seems to love it. No matter how hard I try, I can’t get past ‘a year ago today’ or ‘this time last year,’ and it’s especially hard in June. So I’m off to stare at sand and sea for a couple of days. It is true that salt water (in many forms) has a restorative effect.
I believe the secret to good food photography is to take the picture before hoovering up the dish. I hadn’t had oysters in about seven years, and I’m not a food photographer. They were amazing!
Rain, rain and more rain – and scary high winds on the way. We’re to attend a funeral tomorrow – the sort that is happening because the universe is a unfair and random place.
Seen while out walking in the country.
I don’t know if you heard, but we had a little celestial event over Scotland yesterday. No retinas were harmed in the taking of this photo.