Friday 28 December 2012


After the ups and downs of the last two years (a roller-coaster ride doesn't even come close), it was with a positive spring in my step that I came down the stairs in our new home this morning. Yes, a year older than yesterday morning but, with a sense, finally, of being in the right place (and, it feels to me, as near to the right time as powers higher than me have probably preordained*).

But, hey, it's just another birthday. Although not significant - but I would argue that any birthday is significant - I shall probably do all the usual things I've done on previous birthdays, shoehorned as it is between Christmas and New Year.

Before that I'll go around the house straightening all the pictures to this soundtrack. Well, I would if we'd got round to hanging them. But it is a stunning piece of music.

Igor Stravinsky: Pulcinella Overture

* Apologies if this comes across as pompous, it's just how I felt at 8 o'clock this morning.


  1. Many happy returns of the day John. I trust you'll find time for a small sherry after you've completed the imaginary picture straightening.

  2. Happy Birthday John have a great one. Glad you've found the right place for you you are lucky

  3. Happy birthday Mr Medd, and may that positive spring in your step keep springing.

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  5. Thank you S, F & C. My pictures, both real and imaginary are hanging as straight as straight can be. And that's only because my hand was steadied by a wee nip of something that was both creamy and dry. Quite something when your step is springing.