Homeward Bound

I was going to blog last night about our urban osprey spotting adventures but then I heard the horrific news about Manchester and it all seemed a little pointless.

bike and spring flowers

In an hour or two I set off on the long journey home, alone, because the other half is staying on an extra week to spend a bit more time with his parents. I don’t know what the mood is like in the UK, because I’m getting my news from a mixture of Twitter and the US news networks, but I’m hoping I will get back to the usual mixture of off-colour humour, persistent grumbling about peripheral issues and quiet acts of kindness that has traditionally got us through these sorts of attacks in the past. There’s a lot I haven’t recognised about my own country in recent months, but when our ability to take the piss in the face of danger deserts us, then I know that we are truly lost.

On a cheerier note, we were out for a last bike ride this morning and got chatting to a young Glasgwegian lad with a nice looking touring set up who is busy cycling across the United States. We’ve lived near Bigtown long enough now that we were completely unsurprised to discover he had done some of his medical training at Bigtownshire Hospital, and was good pals with the son of our GP. But of course. Indeed, these days wherever we might roam – Outer Mongolia, say, or half way up Kilimanjaro, or down at the bottom of the Marianas Trench – we’d be surprised and disappointed not to bump into someone from Bigtown who knew someone we knew.


5 Responses to Homeward Bound

  1. 2bikesborg says:

    What a lovely and appropriate post. I’m in Brno, in the Czech Republic, and so also far from human and media mayhem. “Crusaders ” for an eight year old… Flowers indeed in your picture.

  2. Charles says:

    Just spent the day in the garden and then had a bar-b-que if that is how it is spelt. In Africa it is a Braai if you overwrite the spell checker. Normal here, politicos busy hand wringing and doing nothing, ordinary people helping each other in extraordinary ways, conspiracy theories running wild.

    Get thought the trip home as happily as possible, ask the hares for the new door keys when you arrive.

  3. disgruntled says:

    Hares had very kindly left us the house, they’ve got behind with weeding the garden though

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