It has been a quiet, tender period since my last post some three weeks ago. There have been the odd bursts of activity to get Middle Son (MS) up and down to London for his fracture clinic checks and, this last weekend, to help move him back to London into his new, wheel-chair friendly flat in Walthamstow. However, most of the time in the last three weeks or so has been spent at home in Gloucestershire. The focus has been on gentle activities supporting MS’s recovery, and to break up, as best we can, his boredom with his lack of mobility.
Looking for ways to break up MS’s day while he was at home with us led us to eat out at local pubs a little more than usual. We have frequented our local village pub a few times, a local café called Jolly Nice, and also The Crown in Frampton Mansell which we hadn’t visited for ages. These trips have all been very pleasant diversions for MS, Long-Suffering Wife and I, especially given the excellent summer weather.
I have also continued to get out for early morning walks on a fairly regular basis. Both the garden and the local walks are lovely at this time of year when the sun is out. The gentle meandering around the local lanes and footpaths has been very relaxing and calming.
Less calming has been the start of the English Football League (EFL) season. My team, Forest Green Rovers (FGR), are in EFL2 and they won their first game of the season with a wonderful goal. It was very exciting by the end of the game. Future diary arrangements will be constrained by the FGR fixture list – I love it; LSW, not so much.
Other sport has dominated recent weeks too. In particular, MS and I have been watching and discussing the tennis at Wimbledon, the Tour de France and the cricket World Cup. It’s been great to have someone around to bounce reactions to the action off of. I’ve loved it; LSW, not so much.
The time at home has offered the opportunity to invest more time than usual in a few local community projects. One has been participation in a fans forum with the CEO of FGR. More time consuming has been work done with members of a local group promoting energy sustainability and carbon neutrality in our village and work on the final drafts of the village Neighbourhood Plan. I’ll cover some or all of these more in a subsequent post.
The only other events of note in this restrained and gentle period have been another visit to the Lee Krasner exhibition at the Barbican and a brief visit whilst in Walthamstow to the William Morris Museum. LSW and I plan to visit the latter again in a couple of weeks since we didn’t have a huge amount of time, entry is free, and I, for one, found it quite hard to concentrate on what I was seeing. The museum is housed in a lovely building and the exhibition looks informative and excellent so more on this soon.
I went to the Krasner exhibition just a few weeks ago while MS was in hospital but had the chance to pop in again while in London a couple of weeks ago. It was every bit as impressive as the first time. Again, I particularly enjoyed her relatively early work but also that passage of her work that was drenched in colour a few years following her mental recovery from the death of her partner (Jackson Pollock) and then her mother. There was a refreshing irreverence too in the way she often cut up old works to make new ones; she is quoted as saying “I am not to be trusted around my old work for any length of time” and that amused me. The exhibition was almost as uplifting as FGR’s win!
I’m looking forward to the rest of August during which LSW and I have a couple more visits to London planned.