Monday, November 28, 2011

Keeping track

Today I am an uncle, again.
Welcome into the world, Lilia!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


Unreported until now (more because I found it too difficult than because of laziness in the composition), three brothers returned to their family.

A short - but very joyful - period has come to an abrupt end and now only photographs remain to sustain happy memories that would otherwise fade. The brothers have returned to their proper place.

No flies

I recall an afternoon with my elderly grandmother in her small garden in Surrey, not long before her death. As we walked slowly, purposefully, arm-in-arm on that early summer day we didn’t say very much, but instead enjoyed the simple pleasures of the spongy grass (avoiding the sodden patch where my sister and I used to catch tiny frogs as children) and flowers.

I remember a fly buzzing close to us for a moment and then darting away. She stopped, gave me a knowing glance and said “No flies on granny!”

Well, I am acutely aware that I have in recent weeks let flies land on this blog. I have excuses (of course, who doesn’t?): a much-needed break away from the house for a week, followed by preparation and participation in a “family camp” which I'll explain shortly (I promise). To be honest, my mind feels totally unsynched right now (to use a tech expression probably patented by Apple). A bank of thoughts and unshared emotions. Like a computer with lots of inputs but no output. 

Now where did I put that cable?