Monday, 23 April 2012


In contrast to the previous weekend when we travelled many miles by car helping our daughter move to London, this weekend's journeys have been close to home, by bus and on foot, dodging April showers (and hail and thunderstorms).

We spent Saturday evening with Charlie and Vickie, friends we met through primary school when the children were little. We were so engrossed catching up on each others news from a period when life had taken us in different directions, that we didn't say our goodbyes until the early hours of Sunday morning.  Later that day we were out again, this time for lunch with Jon and Sally, dear friends who go back even further, pre-children.  As always, conversation flowed freely over delicious food and drink, with lunch blending into afternoon and then evening.  

It's times like this that brings home to us how fortunate we are that life's journey has brought us close to such wonderful people.  
"A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles" 
Tim Cahill 

All being well, we'll be off on another journey next weekend to celebrate a special milestone of our own. But before then, we must return to hospital for the follow up appointment to discuss the results of scans. Not Steve's. Mine. Such a strange feeling to be changing places on this occasion.....Life's journey is so unpredictable.  
"A journey is like marriage.  The certain way to be wrong is to think that you control it"
John Steinbeck 

However, there are plenty of other things that need our attention in the meantime - Wride and Company business matters; finishing work for Guernsey; preparations for our anniversary celebration; an Artweeks exhibition in May.  It would be lovely to find time to get out and about with the camera again, but that will probably have to wait until next week. With all these balls to keep up in the air, I'm hoping that we won't have time to get too stressed about what might or might not happen on Thursday, or where life's journey will take us next.  
"Focus on the journey, not the destination.  Joy is found not in finishing an activity but doing it"
Greg Anderson 

Well done to all the London marathon runners, especially those who managed to finish the course and fundraise for good causes - one journey I bet they won't forget in a hurry!  
"To get through the hardest journey, we need to take only one step at a time, but we must keep stepping"
Chinese Proverb 

So why all the quotes in today's blog?  I'm having a literary moment!  Happy birthday to William Shakespeare who was born, and died, on this day.  Thank you for the words you wrote on the journey in between.  All's well that ends well. Enough said :-)

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