aerial acrobatics of the house martins alert me to the coming sunset. I see the
swift shadow of the first flight emblazoned like a burn mark on the far wall.
There must be a tear in the masking paper at the big window. My heart skips a
long ago, I saw myriad swallows spiral and swoop across a vast African reed
bed. They pas de deuxed with air
currents then pirouetted down to quench their thirst in the lake below. My
shaded eyes drank in their Spitfire antics, my body ablaze with the wonder of
it all.But that was before. Still
the swallows signal the arrival of the dark of day. Dusk, the shadier twin to
twilight. Most people quiver at the setting of the sun. You can’t rightly blame
them. The earth rotates, the tiniest bit, about 6º or so. Snap. Day into night.
Corners consumed by shadow. And in the shadows… nameless lurking things. The
battery alert beeps on my catheter. Time to recharge. I can watch the swallow
swirl on my Autumn Watch monitor in the medical supply bay wh…
it’s my birthday month I’m going to indulge myself by telling you a bit about
the 5 things which are guaranteed to put me in an exceedingly good mood and
would therefore make excellent birthday presents.
something particularly satisfying about watching an excellent film then
discussing it in detail with an equally enthusiastic film goer. I often do solo
cinema trips as not many of my friends share my taste in celluloid. The ones
who do live a little too far away for this to be a regular option. So when it’s
possible, I’m a very happy me.
a great meal in the company of excellent friends is something difficult to top.
Basically you’re getting a 2 for 1 deal. The well cooked food is there to be
savoured and lingered over while the company is there to enhance the flavours.
I’m blessed to share meals such as this regularly with ace friends. This
birthday will be no different and there’s bound to be a plethora of these as I
milk the fact it’s my birthday.
rarely make New Year’s resolutions as I’m so busy trying to finish off tasks
already on the go. Everything tends to carry through to the next year,
particularly when it comes to my writing. I know resolutions are meant to be
about the personal but my writing and I are so closely linked that inevitably,
it ends up being one and the same.
year is no different. I’ve got several projects on the go. My plan was to
publish a Robert Deed Collection last year which puts all the Deed books into
one volume. Unfortunately due to a spate of migraines during November and
December that plan didn’t quite pan out. I am however very happy to report that
the e-version of this collection is now available for you to buy. Since you are a select bunch you get
the opportunity to purchase it at a reduced price from 1 – 5 February. This is
because February is my birthday month and I love to give presents as much as
receive them. So here for you is the link for this limited offer. http://authl.it/aue The