A HAPPY LONER'S DIARY

February 6, 2019

   FIRST you trudge through deep snow, across the roadless woods and fields, stepping into the moose‘s footsteps, pressed deep into snowdrifts – this way you can save at least some of your strength that you will require during your journey into the Big Wide World....

December 19, 2018

  TODAY THE EARTH has stopped turning us, the Northerners, away from the Sun. It will wait for a few days and will then begin to turn it’s Northern ‘cheek’ to the Sun. The days will not get warmer (should become colder), but they will be longer by a minute a day. And t...

August 31, 2018

   I WOKE UP WELL BEFORE SUNRISE and peeked out of the window. It was as if a cloud had descended – the thick white fog had filled every gap among the trees. These were the last days of summer and the earth was cooling off.

   My whole body was instantly alert and...

August 18, 2018

   THAT AFTERNOON I headed in a new direction. I had always wanted to explore that part of our parish. A friend took me there some ten years ago and I was so struck by the undulating scenery – green fields with tightly packed gentle hills - that I kept reminding myself...

August 10, 2018

   EVEN HAPPY LONERS have sad thoughts sometimes. During those spells of sadness you have to persevere on your journey to happiness, in search of the meaning of life. Such is the wisdom of those who’ve been on that journey. They know. And I believe them.

   Since t...

July 30, 2018

   I WAS RUSHING to the hills. How I missed them -- those gently rolling green hills!

   I willed my bicycle to run faster and faster, but it would only run at its own pace, even down the hill. At last I reached the neighbouring village, dropped by the shop an...

July 20, 2018

   A FEW DAYS AGO I quietly turned fifty-something. I was planning to switch off the phone and spend the whole of that day cycling a bit further from home and shooting landscape.

   Things turned out differently, however: I deleted irretrievably all my July photos...

May 21, 2018

   YES, spring completely blew me away. To such an extent that I was running around the garden and even across the fields like a lunatic. Spring was constantly nudging me ‘look at this and look at that’, giving not a second of peace and quiet. I could not eat or sleep....

April 26, 2018

   I WAS WALKING home the other day, down a quiet country road. There was no one else, just me, the sun and the wind. The sprouting crops coloured the fields a fresh green, birch and pine trees adorned the edges of the fields in neat clusters. It was quite far, ab...

April 7, 2018

   I CAN’T BELIEVE I’m writing in clichés again! With such titles no Google or Bing search engines will ever find my blog, not to speak of this post! But this eternal human desire to be happy is so basic, that it is a cliché in itself. (Our lives are clichés, are...

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