Bikers, Bells and Band


It has been one of “those” days today. You know the ones, where randomness happens throughout the day and you just have to shake your head and say, “well, that was a bit good!”

Well my day has been a bit like that.

First of all I went to Stay and Play this morning and saw absolute genius in action. One of our mums is blind, and she has managed her baby very well with the help of either her own mum or a carer who was there to help guide her around and to make sure that the baby was always looked after. The baby has now grown up a little bit and is toddling around quite happily on her own two feet, but today, the mum came without the aid of either her mum or her carer, instead relying on the help of one of the other mums (a friend of hers anyway) to get her into the church hall and to get her seated and so on. The genius bit was this:

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A set of jingle bells round the little girl’s ankle so that her mum could hear where she was in the hall and could track her movements easily. We were all astounded at how such a simple thing could mean such a lot – that not only could the mum enjoy some independence, but that the baby could also enjoy running around without getting too far away from mum. Of course there are always lots of people watching out and interacting with the mums and tots in the group so there would never be any real danger, but how’s that for a stroke of genius to help them both enjoy a bit of living!

Nature was also having a bit of genius this morning too. How’s about these couple of beauties?

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Still reeling from the gorgeous skies and cold, crisp air, came a demonstration of something deeply moving. At about 12 o’clock, there was an almighty roar of engines going past the church hall as a big group of bikers made their way noisily up the main road. About 15 minutes or so later, they all came back again, this time doubled in number, going half the speed and leading out a hearse and a funeral cortege down towards the crematorium. The flowers on top of the coffin were in the shape of a motorbike, and the flowers down the side of the hearse spelled out BROTHER in black flowers. What a sight, and what a gesture to witness. Here is a video of the tail end of the procession so you can see for yourself.

Then this evening, I had the utmost pleasure and privilege to sit and listen to the Pemberton Old Band as they were put through their paces at a rehearsal for an upcoming contest. I have been going there for the last couple of months with Ethan, who is playing bass trombone for them, and I have heard the piece they are playing take shape and get generally better and better each week. The band has a great sound and tonight they were pushed to really play proper pianissimo and fortissimo, which was fantastic to hear. There are another couple of rehearsals to go before the contest at the end of the month, and it promises to be a great performance. Looking forward to it.

So there you have it, a couple of things that have made up my day today. Random? Or simply a reflection of the eclectic life I have?!

Either way, today has been a good one.

 

 

S is for Six Word Saturday


S is for Six Word Saturday

I have only ever participated in the Six Word Saturday meme a handful of times, and I thought that seeing as though today is Saturday and today’s letter in the A-Z challenge is S it was too good a coincidence not to capitalise on.

My six words today are:

Snooker

Crochet

Tramadol

Church

Pizza

Music

I’m not sure whether I’m supposed to leave it at that or whether to give you a sentence about each one so if you just want to know the six words then stop reading NOW but if you want the explanation, scroll down and keep reading 🙂

Snooker – it’s the start of the 17 day snookerfest that is the World Championships today. I love my snooker and it’s the perfect backdrop to….

Crochet – I started another blanket today using big granny squares and a variegated yarn. I need to occupy my hands and my mind because I have had to take….

Tramadol – the episode that started building up last weekend is still in full throttle and I am starting to doubt my ability to keep it together until it passes. The pain is still cutting through the tramadol and whenever I catch my reflection in the mirror I look like Caspar. I thought I would chance my arm this morning by going to…

Church – we have a weekly CAMEO session at church on a Saturday morning (Come And Meet Each Other) and I usually go for a chat and a coffee with some of the other ladies who do handicrafts. My Mum was on a training course today and she’d asked me to run the session today which I was glad to do but has left me really struggling to get comfortable because of the pain this afternoon. Kevin has had to do the weekly shop on his own this afternoon (I’m just not up to a trolley dash round Asda today) and he is bringing back…

Pizza – don’t know what it is about Asda’s create-your-own pizzas but they are rather delish. We are having one tonight because a) I don’t want to cook and b) we’ve not had one for weeks and are getting withdrawal symptoms! We will be having pizza, garlic bread and breaded mushrooms and salad for tea while we enjoy…

Music – on TV tonight. A veritable feast on both sides tonight!! First off it’s The Voice at 7pm on BBC1 and when that goes off at 8.30 it’s a quick turn over to ITV to catch Britain’s Got Talent. By the end of that I suspect I’ll be more than ready for bed haha!!

Are you glad you stuck with the explanation or would you have preferred the enigmatic list beforehand? What would your six words be today? A sentence will do if you don’t want to share six different things but either way I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to and/or what you are planning for today!