I just want to tell you that things are going rather well here. For the previous two years or more I’ve despaired at how much has gone wrong, but since we moved here just about everything is going right. Of course, there are always small problems and difficulties (one of them being the insurance company’s refusal to pay up for my broken computer), but the big picture is all rosy pink. I love our new rental home, Geoff’s enjoying his new job, I’ve already made some promising contacts and potential friends locally, and I’ve been feeling happier than I’ve felt in a very long time. It’s so very enjoyable to be walking around with a smile on my face and a lightness in my heart – there are times over the last years when I’ve wondered if I’d ever feel like this again.
The icing on the cake is that I’ve just come back from a week’s holiday in Canterbury. I had a wonderful time – spent quality time with friends, some of whom I hadn’t seen since I left, visited places I know and love, and spent a whole day on the beach at Sandwich Bay. This is my top up of sea and beach and it will probably have to last me for some time. It was a perfect day – warm and sunny but not too hot, a nice breeze blowing, and a warmed-up sea to swim and paddle in.
Sandwich Bay is one of my all-time favourite places. It’s a long, empty beach with no facilities other than some toilets at one end, and if you want to go there by car you have to pay a hefty toll charge. Even on a hot August day there are very few people there. It can be bleak in the wrong weather, and it’s always windy, but the feeling of space and expansiveness is amazing. There’s a lot of sky and a lot of empty space, accompanied by that wonderful rattling sound you get when the sea sucks pebbles back into itself.
I didn’t do much to speak of, mostly just lying on my back gazing at the sky and listening to the waves, and feeling as limp and relaxed as a strand of cooked spaghetti. I did take a few pictures, though. The play of light on the sea was quite breathtaking and produced stripes of constantly changing colours, and the sky was amazing, with some beautifully soft feathery clouds and then, shortly before I left, a spectacular display of cloud and light.