Tuesday, November 8

A ,Bitter Week.

We spent four wonderful days on the east coast last week....Suffolk and Norfolk.
We were there to deliver stock to some galleries in Southwold and Snape Maltings. That's the ceramic stock made by the potter here at The Potters House Penketh.
But also to attend some of the organised workshops and readings at The Aldeburgh Poetry Festival.
A real feast of poetic words and thoughts.
Then to cap a great weekend we drove north to Norwich and UEA, to take the eldest grandgirl out for a meal....all students need treats from grandparents!
So late evening after saying our goodbyes we set off for the journey north.
My head was full of the new poetry and poets we had heard....and the news we listened to as we drove was full of the thoughts of the soon to be decided presidential race for The White House.
The euphoria of the four days slipped away little by little as reality arrived as if brought down from the cold north by the chill winds that blew.
The vacuum of this moment in history....will soon be filled with one or 'tother...and we ourselves will soon be either in or out apparently of whatever we have been part of!!

After Auden

And so the leaves fall
And in the chill wind fall fast.
For on the long ride back north
Winter arrived in bitterness.


  1. Personally Gerry I think the breezes must lick into hard blows every few decades or so in America and across the world, time is the mitigating factor and what can't be seen from your shores is well hidden except to them living in this land. We very well may take the more experienced candidate but she will be watched with a chary eye. If the other comes out ahead, he too will not be trusted; not by our representatives in government nor the majority of them he seeks to rule.

  2. Thankyou Mark for the insightful comment. G.

  3. Interesting to read the walkingman's comment Gerry and to agree with your reply. None of it bears thinking about.

    We spent a week in Aldebrough in 2014 - such a beautiful area.

  4. Mark is always very insightful....especially after the result last night...we shall see what we shall see!!

  5. We had a few days in Suffolk this summer - Southwold, Aldeburgh, Sizewell(!).

    Anyway, as someone once wrote:

    November comes
    And November goes
    With the last red berries
    And the first white snow

    1. Love that John!..Yours? I'll remember it.


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