Sunday, June 24, 2007

Alone

Shh. Can you hear anything? No? Neither can I. The silence is deafening. It is the sound of Nothing Happening. It is most welcome.

It has been a busy week what with one thing and another. No time to draw breath etc. Today, however, I am home alone. Alan has gone to Chester to pursue the fine and contemplative art of gilding, dogs are in their beds idly scratching fleas and the world outside the window is almost still - only the gentlest breath of air ruffles the leaves in the dingle. The drone of a light aircraft disturbs the silence briefly, as does the twitter of a wren. I am keeping my head ducked below the parapet the better to enjoy my time alone - to all intents and purposes I am not here.

I venture off into reverie, for such is the luxury of solitude. In philosophical mode I wonder if this is what it would be like if I really were not here. The 'goings on' in the world outside my window, the fledgling birds, the magpies stealing hen food and the sheep's silent perambulations - are they less real because I am not out there amongst them? I have often flown over cities and imagined the various lives of their inhabitants - which I know to be happening - but their reality seems more remote than the height of an aircraft.

Then with a jolt - the phone rings - I am back to the here and now. A dog presses its nose, cold and wet, against my elbow. D and H and D's new car are coming for tea. Hurrah!

..........but there is no need to be sociable just yet.

10 comments:

UN PEU LOUFOQUE said...

Aha so you do not have rain then like the rest of the nation!!Enjoy your solitude it is a reare luxury in life!

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Sounds like a lovely lazy day. Does that mean tomorrow will be catch up!

Pondside said...

Good morning! You describe the treat of being alone so beautifully. Being home alone is so different from being away and alone. It sounds as though you were able to appreciate your solitude. re the WI lunch...you made me laugh!! How often are we at those kinds of events? For me they are like being in a parallel universe. The totally 'other' conversations, the smiling and nodding - the complete lady-likeness of it all. Lovely!

Inthemud said...

Being all alone! How wonderful, doesn't happen very often here but most enjoyable when it does.

The birds have been very active in the garden today, still seem to be feeding young as well as fleglings flittering about learning to feed selves.
I can watch them for ages, doesn't get the housework done though

The Country Craft Angel said...

I love the sound of 'nothing happening' My husband always comes into the room and puts on the TV/Radio and says it sounds like a morgue! However I love listening to nothing except the birds and find it very relaxing. Sounds like your day was too.

warm wishes
x

Suffolkmum said...

Silence and solitude - two of my favourite things. Glad you had time to enjoy them.

snailbeachshepherdess said...

I cannot remember when I had one lone moment...even now there is one reading something out loud for my entertainment while another searches for car documents...

Mopsa said...

There are so few places left that are truly silent (ok, not counting nature)and it took years to find one, so it's wonderful to know that there are other places that share this rare gem. I also have a lot of moments like these - and treasure each one.

mutterings and meanderings said...

You are like me - relishing time to yourself.

Some people don't unstand the difference between alone and lonely ..

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