Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem

Hi there

Thanks for popping in. Just a quickie, as we’re off out to The Black Deer Rock Festival down the road. It is a 3-day event, and the line up is excellent. Well, for me. Anais Mitchell, The Pretenders, Bonnie Raitt??? That’ll do me just lovely! I just blasted David Bowie through the house whilst giving it a quick hoover and a tidy up. That’s got me in the Music Festival mood for sure! You have to seize the moments, friends. It would be so easy to say “Sod it. It’s too hot. Let’s pass, and go tomorrow”. You understand.

Yesterday we went to a little gathering in a gallery near Brighton – in Hove actually. A very interesting ceramicist was giving a talk. She was fascinating – and her work is sublime. So you can imagine, I was soaking up her knowledge and her story like a sponge. Again, it would have been too easy to say, “Sod it. it’s too hot. Let’s pass. ” But what a brilliant evening we would have missed. I am inspired. I also met the Gallery owner’s mother. 90 years old. You’d NEVER believe she was 90. Incredible. She’d travelled down on her own on the train from London. We instantly hit it off, and the more we talked, the more we realised how much we had in common. So we are going to meet up in London, and continue our conversation soon. Maybe a day at the V&A would be peach.

These experiences only happen when you allow them to happen. They make life richer, don’t they. Require a little effort, a little more when it’s searingly hot, but beats watching TV and bitching about the state of the nation!

Day 5 and still no water here. You don’t realise how precious water is until you haven’t got any! Fortunately, we have one of those water cooler things in the kitchen, so drinking water is not an issue. And Dave has brought big drums of water from work, to use to flush the loo and water the little herb garden we just planted up a couple of weeks ago. They’ve announced a hose ban in Kent and Sussex starting the 26th of this month now. Bit late in the day, but hey ho. This too shall pass. Although I have a feeling this could be an ongoing problem. Too many houses in the Southeast and not enough reservoirs.

Ah well. We’re off to the festival. I shall look forward to using their loos. Now that’s not something you hear every day! Somebody looking forward to using Festival toilets!!! Yummy!!

Have a great weekend.

Quote for the day.

Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary

Robin Williams

Lovel always

Barb x x x

14 thoughts on “Carpe Diem

  1. Have a fabulous time Barbara and Dave, enjoy the evening sun and festival sights and sounds. fingers crossed on the water front. Take care and big hugs❤️

  2. Wow, can’t quite believe you are without running water for so long. Hope you get a rebate on your bills!

    Enjoy your festival – I love Bonnie Raitt and we saw the Pretenders a few years ago up here. I’m gutted we’ll miss Rag’n’Bone man when we’re down south for Wimbledon but you don’t get ballot tickets every year so we’ll enjoy that just as much!

  3. That’s dreadful, there must be many people suffering (including yourselves of course) who can’t cope as well. Glad you had such a good evening, you’re meeting a lot of new people ! Enjoy the festival, still not my cup of tea but would enjoy the Pretenders and love a bit of Bowie too. All our era !

    No water for you and we’re surrounded by road closures – we’ve postponed going to Milton Keynes to see youngest son – we really can’t get out of here once I realised our part of the A34 was closed for whole weekend again, thought it was just over night. No point in making unnecessary journeys and putting pressure on emergency services, too many accidents here today as it is and roads at standstill. Just hope we don’t need an ambulance this weekend…

    Have a good time xx

    1. Update, they’re not closing A34 this weekend because of possible storms so our plans might be back on ! It will, of course, happen another weekend instead !

  4. Enjoy your concert at Blenheim palace. Pete Tong and Heritage orchestra. Despite a nasty infection but carpe dieum and not infectious

  5. Water – the elixir of life. What would we do without it. Leaving it until the end if the month to activate the hosepipe ban is ridiculous. However rain/storms are predicted for next week so maybe that will ease matters.
    Those festivals are not for me but I hope you enjoy all 3 days. It is great you are meeting new people and making new friends and not letting the heat stop you doing what you do.
    Got another Clarity delivery today so plenty to keep me occupie next week, both stamping and Groovi. Really looking forward to a “me” week.
    Have a good weekend. 🍒

  6. Actually outside it is quite pleasant now the sun has started to go down and there’s a nice breeze. Sat out in the garden for our evening meal followed by a coffee and a read of my book. Enjoy your evening at the concert. Make the most of the good weather as storms forecast for Sunday but they said that last week & nothing happened. More localised than they make out.

  7. Hi Barbara
    We have Glastonbury starting next week so time to avoid the area 🤣🤣 . Hope you enjoy the festival weather is good and good music whats not to enjoy.
    Ruth & Jackie xx

  8. So right .Barbara, memories live longer than dreams has been a Motto of mine. That’s what got me to Ditton! So good for my soul to see you all, huge effort after illness but so so enjoyed myself.. Enough rain here to damp the dust, ever hopeful for more tonight.
    Enjoy the concert. Keep safe. Xx

  9. Hi Barb, I hope that you and Dave enjoy the festival. It is good to make memories to cherish. I was watching the news this morning about the water issue. I hope that someone gets it resolved. Felt so sorry for the nursery guy who could not water his plants. Take care everyone. Bx

  10. May you both have a real blast at the festival! And todays quote is so right – we have to ‘seize the day’ and embrace all that it holds, whatever that may be! xx

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