Saturday, 6 June 2020

Chatter

Burnt by the May sun and now stripped..the blank canvas

Apart from work, the predominant thing in my life this week is the fact my sister Janet has refashioned  my front garden into a semi blank canvas, ready for replanting
For some strange reason I have not had the motivation to re stamp myself onto the plot which has more or less retained its original grass and border set up since the cottage was purchased.
Now with her expert eye on the case, old plants have been ruthlessly dispatched, the dead wood removed and soil now can be seen between the growing clumps of evergreens, buddleia and my one standard rose who enjoys the full sun in the garden which faces south towards the hills.
I want sunburst clumps of agapanthus, Veronica, rubeckia, salvia and echinacea, with geranium in pots and lavender near the door
I'm looking forward to this small venture
It's another way of stamping a new personality on the cottage

The commute to work last night was lovely
On an average day it's a 40 minute drive door to door and last night I was entertained by Radio 4 's The News Quiz and Front Row, where the resident concert pianist Víkingr Ólafsson played Bach so beautifully, I took the long way to work and parked briefly along the Promenade to watch the sunset and in order to listen.

I am aware that I have nothing really of note to say.
Life is plodding on.
A friend is trying to set me up with a blind date with an Ecuadorian hotel manager called Fernando 
an enterprise which is ripe with comic asides enough to fill  at least three blogs .
He has a kind face
But then so have I, or so I've been told.

I'm off two short days then back on nights for five.
If we didn't have any restrictions , I clearly have my own.
Night shifts shackle independent endeavours

But after this I am on holiday from work.
Two whole weeks.
Some of which I had earmarked for some time in Sitges
Now I need to review my plans
I hear the old Santa Maria Hotel has changed hands in the lockdown,
Time for new hotels in new places me thinks

I've been thinking a lot recently, I think we all have

Going Gently has always ostensibly been a diary
Thoughts and news, and opinions and reflections of a mundane life

I have stopped trying to make it interesting

It is what it is..........



107 comments:

  1. my blog has always been a diary...just open to voyeurs.

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  2. Barbara Anne12:51 am

    But what a delightful, interesting, and humorous mundane life you have. Ta for sharing it and your storytelling ability with us.

    Your front garden looks wonderful - ready for the additional plants that appeal to you.

    Tonight's full moon is the Strawberry Moon.

    Hugs!

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    1. I will have a look when dude falls
      Thanks babs

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  3. I love to read every word every day. Thank you John. Your sister did an amazing job in your garden.

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  4. I enjoy your "mundane" life it is interesting. Your home, garden, animals and what you watch and listen too. Your clever way of writing it all down.
    I stay inside my home, go out to my garden and take care of my animals. I am not allowed out around people.
    The only place I have been to is the Animal Hospital for Winstons xrays and surgery.
    I can not wait to see your new garden !
    parsnip

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  5. I look forward to your blog every day and now I am interested to hear what you will do with your two weeks holiday and what you will do with your garden. You don't have to try to make your life interesting. It just is.

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  6. Fernando by ABBA ... go and have fun!

    https://youtu.be/dQsjAbZDx-4

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  7. but your blog IS interesting, dear!

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    1. AM ☺️☘️🌼🌻🥀🌹🌷🌸🌺🌕

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  8. You can tell your blog is becoming more honest and I like it this way. It matches your new life.

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  9. Fernando , woah, sounds very interesting.
    There very well may be "Something in the air That night" but take good care of you....see your quote in header.
    Hopefully the start of something wonderful.

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  10. Mundane not at all John, your blog is like reading a letter from a dear friend about daily life one that we look forward to, you have a flair for writing about lives simple pleasures, like gardening , music and a good book and hopefully romance.
    cheers Margo

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  11. I learned from watching "The Irishman" that "it is what it is" is a Mafia expression which means someone is going to die. 'Course that could just be a Scorsese-ism.

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  12. Don't forget that any time spent abroad would have to be followed by two weeks isolation. To spend two weeks in Sitges, you'd need four weeks holiday!

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  13. Cro just mentioned what I was going to remind you of.
    Perhaps it had slipped your memory that the 14 days quarantine will be in force by then.
    Sometimes it needs another pair of eyes to see what needs doing - your sister will do a good job with the garden I'm sure.

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  14. You may have stopped trying to make it interesting, but it still is.

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  15. Well none of us are going anywhere or doing much at the moment, but I still enjoy reading. On day 2 of my nightshift run. Wish I had a holiday after.

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  16. Mundane does not always mean 'uninteresting'. I find your writing, ramblings, thoughts very interesting. I think that during this lock~down none of us have been doing anything that interesting. Life just carries on thankfully. You are doing a wonderful job and I for one find it fascinating. Keep on writing, be safe and happy. Ro xxx

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  17. A lovely new project awaits. Thank goodness for the garden .... it has really filled our time during this lockdown. So good for you too ..... I read somewhere that digging the soil makes you happy .... it has antidepressant microbes .... gardening is a stress reducer and mood lifter .... no wonder I go around like a loon all the time !!! XXXX

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    1. Putting in new flowers will increase my moving on

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  18. That sounds like an exciting project. I always feel guilty about despatching old plants and shrubs but sometimes you have to be ruthless to get a fresh look in the garden. Keep us posted. I'm just waiting for two new agapanthus plants to bloom for the first time, I'm ridiculously excited about it.

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  19. Your mundane is our interesting...

    LXX

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  20. I enjoy your blog because where you work in Llandudno I spent my childhood holidays in the town. Took my new husband there a year after marriage. He loved it and we were blessed with good weather. We may try and go back this year so any hotel recommendations greatly received. Your garden is huge, I could do with a sister to organise my garden . Keep blogging. You make us smile xx

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    1. I'd live in Llandudno if I wasn't here

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  21. I think you may have gathered by now that many people love to read about your " Mundane", myself included! Hopefully by the time your 2 weeks holiday comes round your garden will be a place of beauty to while away some time in. X

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  22. I am not ruthless enough to be a gardener. I feel terrible about cutting down a flowering weed.

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    1. I'm too lazy
      She attacked the job like Rick grimes against the walking dead

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  23. All through my blogging years I have had periods when I am just boring, but life is not all frills and excitement.

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    1. I wish it was sometimes ..I wish it was

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  24. Anonymous9:55 am

    Just like a little part of 'The Archers', is how l see your life in the village. Some dramas but nothing too wild or far fetched, unlike some Archers storylines of late. I always get my little 'fix' from a daily read of GG, so please keep on just keeping on. It certainly helps me keep sane in this mad world at present.
    Tess xx

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    1. The only drama was Hattie leaving me baana bread on my wall after taking Mary for a walk

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  25. Your garden will be wonderful, what a lovely thing for your sister to be doing. Fernando eh ... only one song springs to mind 🤣🤣

    Only the best blogs jump from day to day with the exciting and the mundane intermingling randomly ... a bit like mine 😄

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    1. Exactly, which is I guess why we both write about it just the way it is and don't have all singing, all dancing cookery blogs or some such!!

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  26. Two weeks away from 'The Coal Face'. You can squander it with your beautiful dogs and begin to feel like yourself again in so many ways.
    You lovely village should give you enough in entertainment value. Remember to look after yourself as well as everyone else.

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  27. Anonymous11:32 am

    The internet is full of blogs that report about exciting trips, destinations, events, and people who consider themselves to be interesting or to be admired for their enviable life.

    You, good man, give us a realistic view into your life, and your heart. People don't need another tour guide, they need someone who by example shows it's OK to share good times and bad, show being oneself can make people think, care and grow in understanding.
    Thank you for all of that, -Mary

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  28. "agapanthus, Veronica, rubeckia, salvia and echinacea"... Oooooooo! I love it when you talk like that.

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    1. Dirty talk ...like that John clease movie

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  29. I don't think any of us are very "interesting" in these times. My life is what book am I reading, what am I watching on Netflix and which room am I cleaning today. Still it is nice to keep in touch.
    Cheers Peter

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  30. John, you may think you're posts aren't interesting, but they are! I truly love and look forward to your posts, no matter what the subject. You have a way of sharing YOU, good times or bad, that melts my heart. I agree with Mary, we don't need another tour guide, we need REAL. Keep on sharing your real with us!

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    1. Oh Karla , I am a shallow soul......I will never leave x

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  31. your blog content is naturally interesting,it's a story of your life's journey and you have come a long way in recent times xxx

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    1. Perhaps a lot of you can empathise with my words

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  32. We enjoy your daily check in, push through the night shifts, then you can watch the sun rise for a couple of weeks, with long walks with the dogs.

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  33. I love that Janet is assisting with the revamping of the garden John - I know between you there will be beauty growing and filling in the bare spots soon! Can't wait to see how it all works out.
    Stay well, hopefully your upcoming vacation time will bring fun times plus relaxation.
    Hugs -

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    1. I just needed her natural gardening exuberance

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  34. Your sister is very energetic.

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  35. I am looking forward to seeing the garden when it's finished. I too love sharing in your daily life and it's never dull.

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    1. I'm so looking forward to it too..a new start

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  36. Dear John, I'm reading about 35 blogs, every morning. I guess you recognise this kind of addiction:-). But yours is the (only) one I read sometimes twice a day. Thanks, it's very much appreciated. Greetings from Perth

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  37. How dare you veer into boring 😂

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    1. Nice to have you back captain Sparrow

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  38. Oh, but how entertaining it is, don't you see.
    We live vicariously through your window to your world, a whole different world than ours actually is. Life , you know, is what we make it and not everything is as exciting as meeting Dame Judy Dench , you see. If it were we would all die of too much excitement. Keep letting us live with you and through you. It is all very interesting, even what seems mundane to you. You are an outlet to a whole different life and world. Love seeing your garden to be and even your open door the other day with scent wafting in was a delight. You have a gift. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. And thank you for this Gemma thank you

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  39. Good for you for rejuvenating the garden. Let us know how it goes with Fernando! As for the blog, I think unadorned honesty is probably even more interesting to many people.

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  40. What it is John is a daily post full of life, joy, happiness and fun. I salute you for your unfailing cheerfulness. We have all been through some awful times with you, we have tried to bolster your spirits and often you have bolstered ours instead. I for one salute you - yours is my favourite, always first to go to, blog because it always, always cheers me. xx

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    1. And you have been with me from almost the start pat x

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  41. There was something in the air that night
    The stars were bright, Fernando
    They were shining there for you and me
    For liberty, Fernando
    Though we never thought that we could lose
    There's no regret
    If I had to do the same again
    I would, my friend, Fernando

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  42. John I look forward to your daily mundane.
    Your observations on life have cheered me along so much particularly during lock down. Keep blogging. I am only sorry that I have not met you in real life.

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  43. You can't help but be interesting. No trying. I know that garden is going to be transformed into another bit of paradise. So kind of Janet to do all the dirty work. Now you can have fun. As for my blog, I've tried to create a distraction every day of this ever-growing multi-level nightmare. Some days I succeed I think.

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    1. Perhaps I'm just not feeling interesting x

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  44. You would never believe it John but a couple of days ago a very large man was leaning on my garden fence picking the petals from my yellow rose bush.He must have thought them delicious as he walked away and returned 7 more times for more as he could not resist and then he bought Another man to sample them!-I think your Ecuadorian Fernando sounds gorgeous and a liaison in a hotel room would be wonderful x

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    1. Oh dear I don't think I said-but he gobbled them up x

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    2. Lol and the prize for the most surreal blog comment goes to flis xxxx

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  45. The mundane is comforting and an ordinary life has quiet moments of everything in it.

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  46. I don't know how you do it, but your blog is ALWAYS interesting! I think it's your breezy, chatty style of writing.

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  47. It is interesting. I'm here enjoying it all even if I don't comment.

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  48. I thought that's we read your blog because it is everyday life. That's why we continue to read it. The garden sounds lovely when done x

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    1. It will look lovely . My sister has a great eye for planting

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  49. "...a blind date with an Ecuadorian Hotel Manager called Fernando..." well that's interesting, even if you were not trying to be so (although my pedantry insists that as you say he has a kind face it is not quite a blind date - oh, unless you have just been told he has a kind face. Never mind, maybe you mean you are blind to all the other bits of him, thus far...). Many will await your report of this encounter with, eh... interest.

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    1. My friend showed me a photo ...I have no idea how I have been " sold" watch this space

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    2. Hah! Maybe by not showing a photo? (I jest - hope you both have a fun meet up, regardless of how it goes).

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  50. Thank you for sharing your part of the world John. During these unprecedented days, all our lives have changed, and the challenges too. Gratitude for things we formerly took for granted are now looked on with new eyes. Your sister's make-over of your garden is looking great. I hope you get some rain to settle it down.

    I read your blog regularly, but for the past few months I haven't been able to comment. I hope I've just solved the problem - there was something called "Allow cross-site tracking" that had turned itself off.... we shall see if enabling it has fixed the problem. Keep safe, and thank you.

    Virginia

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  51. It is what it is indeed. And that's what make your blog such a treat.

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  52. I think the mundane has a hell of a lot going for it! It is the constant comfort in these trying times. I would never read about a Kardashian, far too false but I come here twice a day to read your musings. I don't always comment but I am always here. Thanks xx

    Jo in Auckland

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  53. Having a ruthless sibling to clear out your undergrowth is a blessing! You're going to have a lovely time filling it all back in again.

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  54. I’m another frequent reader but infrequent commentator just chiming in to say how much I enjoy reading your blog. It’s a great picture of your place and of the crazy mix that life dishes out to each of us differently. And a sense of a real person responding with humour and honesty to your community of readers. Thanks

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  55. Janet did a lot of work! I have a small patch for veggies, and couldn't bear to pull out something that i think is wild lettuce, and something else in the back corner that looked interesting. I planted around those volunteers, and it cheered my heart no end, when the back corner burst forth with lots of daisies.

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  58. Not mundane! Your life is so very different than mine. But we have some same interests. And you tell wonderful stories. You often make me laugh. You often make me cry. Very cathartic. Thank you.

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