I know it’s a cliche ~ and writers are supposed to avoid those like the plague (:)) ~ but ‘little things’ really can make a huge difference.
Having been confined to close quarters since I suffered a whiplash injury a couple of months ago, I awoke yesterday morning jaded by my all~too familiar surroundings, longing for pastures new and clearly on the road to recovery. The Artist had no Age UK assignments ~ he keeps Wednesdays free ~ so, after a leisurely start to his day off, we loaded foster~dog Indie into the car and set off.
We live on the relatively small (but beautifully formed) Isle of Wight, off the southern coast of Britain. After driving along a practically deserted road for about twenty minutes, we arrived at the ferry port of Yarmouth. But we weren’t intending to escape to the mainland, it’s way too stressful over there! However, as each part of the island is different, this short expedition to the West Wight provided the break from routine that I was craving. (as I’m not supposed to say, ‘a change is as good as a rest’!)
It was a mellow Autumn day, lending the small, historic town a holiday atmosphere: sunlit tables outside busy cafes; late season tourists ambling along ancient streets, unique shops selling crytals, Morrocan lamps and artwork, the background hum of boat engines on the water.
We took our Cornish pasties from the deli where they were cooked, down to the narrow beach beside the pier, engaging in dog~related conversation with passing strangers between bites. Ignoring her admirers, Indie sat patiently at our feet, hoping to be rewarded with a tasty treat. She was, of course!
On the homeward journey I felt content. This unexpected trip, though short, had energised me and I feel happier today than I have for quite a while.
I’m going to nurture that. 🙂
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