Today I entertained myself with thoughts of what I would do if I could take a day off and teleport myself to anywhere on the planet for 24 hours.
As it’s June, and my favourite time of year in England, I think I would head back to Blighty to enjoy the blossoms and fresh foliage on the trees and long hours of daylight.
I’d love to go for a good long walk, as I find walking very therapeutic and the two steps to my rowing seat and back just aren’t doing it for me. Maybe I’d do part of the coastal walk in Devon, or more likely head to the Lake District and go for a long yomp with my sister. We’d have a hearty English breakfast to fuel us up, and then head out for a good fifteen-miler or so, enough to work it all off again.
We’d enjoy a picnic lunch at the top of a mountain, enjoying views of the cloud-dappled countryside below us – lakes, villages, farms, and fields full of sheep and newborn lambs. We’d natter on about this and that as we walked. The nice thing about spending time with my sister is that we don’t have to work too hard at conversation. We can talk, or not talk, and it’s all okay.
In the evening we’d meet up with a few others and have dinner in a country pub, with real English beer enjoyed in front of a cozy fire. Oooh, that beer would go down well after a long day’s walking. And maybe game pie with veggies. Followed by sticky toffee pudding. (This is a fantasy day, remember, so I don’t need to worry that all that rich food would keep me awake.)
And then, just to round it all off, a massage. Ah, what wouldn’t I give for a massage right now! Followed by a night of the deep and dreamless.
But then it would be such a rude shock to find myself back on board my boat. That would be the trouble with a fantasy – the bump back to reality.
So maybe I’d best just get on with this, and save up my fantasies for fulfillment once it’s all over.
The weather has been turned back on. Thanks to whoever it was who paid the bill and got it reconnected. Not sure if you went to the right supplier, though – this isn’t the kind of weather service I was used to. It used to be mostly sunny, but today was overcast and grey. As I am typing this, rain is drumming on the roof of my cabin, and I am glad to be inside. Can you take a look in the Yellow Pages and see if you can find a sunshine supplier? And see when they might be able to schedule the connection?
Thanks for the feedback on my blogging foray into matters spiritual. I feel encouraged, and will occasionally season my ocean blogs with a smattering of spiritual-ish type musings.
Thanks especially to Rico for his thoughts on religion (blog for Day 28). I acknowledge your point about the benefits of sticking to one religion, while still being well-informed about others. I’m probably not the best person to respond to that comment, having an aversion to organized religion – or, in fact, having an aversion to authority figures, particularly male ones, which most religious leaders seem to be. I make an exception here for the Dalai Lama, of whom I am a fan. Having been very obedient and unquestioning in my early life, I now seem to be making up for lost time, and react poorly to instruction. Maybe in time I will find a balance between the two extremes.
Cornelia – interested to hear you are reading “Conversations With God”. I read it in 2004, and it was VERY formative for me. Especially powerful was the concept that everything you think, say and do says something to the world about who you are. Wow. Powerful stuff!
Karen S – a 24-foot sailboat? That is TINY! Only one foot longer than my boat! Where are you planning to sail to? All sounds very exciting. Good luck with final preps, and bon voyage!
Karen – congrats on (mostly) giving up use of your car. And living in Western Canada, I am sure that you have some absolutely awesome places to vacation without ever needing to get on a plane. Lucky you! An idea for further ensuring a healthy future for Mother Earth – when/if I have more geographical stability (aka a home) I intend to look at ways to become more self-sufficient food-wise. Even on a small scale, it would help to reduce food miles, food packaging, and would also be a great way to ensure that my food is truly organic. Just a thought….
Hi to Penny, one of my old OULRC crewmates. Thanks for the message, and congrats on the Jura Fell Race. Sounds gruelling. I am VERY impressed! We’re not doing badly for old women, are we?! I wonder if you’ll run into my cousin at one of these races. She is a fell runner too, based in Yorkshire. Diane Haggar (nee Savage) is her name. I’ll introduce you two when I’m back on dry land.
And finally, a thought-provoking quote to leave you with:
The man who sticks to his plan will become what he used to want to be. (James Richardson)
Photo: my solar panels had woefully little to work with today
Sorry to hear about Keith Whelan‘s misfortunes, but am glad to hear he is safe on North Island. I expect he is staying with Mike and Cath Davidson, who also kindly took me in. At this rate they will have to start charging B&B rates for ocean rowers! The Indian Ocean is proving challenging for rowers this year.
Sponsored Miles: Tim Williams – more than one mile sponsored.