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AROS – a fourth set of steps across the river

Stepping stones, River Wharfe, Hebden, Yorkshire
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 Almost across the river of stones. There will be two more for Sunday and Monday and I’ll post them next week.

Jan 23rd

On my desk – a soapstone penguin, a heart of smooth polished wood, blue glass paperweight and a notebook – meaningful, thoughtful gifts.

Jan 24th

Outside grey, damp and cold. Sea in wind-whipped turmoil. But inside – inside me, I sense a return of equilibrium and a measure of peace.

Jan 25th

For Auld Lang Syne – school-choir solo part in ‘My Heart’s in the Highlands’ –  reciting ‘To a Mouse’ – ‘Ae Fond Kiss’ over haggis, neeps and tatties – and a lifetime of teaching your poetry and songs. Cheers, Rabbie.

Jan 26th

Sun tries hard to break through, grey lurks on the ridge and at the horizon. But, at last, there’s more light than dark.

Jan 27th

Shona, fiery, red-haired beauty, formidable matriarch. You command respect my magnificent highland heifer.

Jan 28th

A clear day. Early sun, orange orb over Ben Tianavaig with pale, crescent moon in the west. Universe goes on regardless.

Jan 29th

Five little girls watch me at my desk. Sunday best and monochrome smiles. In those faces, I imagine I can see spectral foretraces of what was to come – for me and my sisters.

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