Alexander Averin

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Happy New Year

Winter - Royo

Dear Diary,

A library is a hospital for the mind

This will be a short post just to update you and apologise for my absence recently. I have had another attack of biliary colic – I have gallstones and am waiting for an operation – and was taken to hospital in an ambulance, all lights flashing on New Year’s Eve evening – bad timing don’t you agree?

Home now and very pleased to be here.  I will be catching up with blog reading soon.

I am on a low fat diet and if anyone wants tips on how to lose weight, just ask!  Trouble is I was never overweight to start with.

Anyway I just want to wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year. Have you made any resolutions?

Before I go, here is a (very well known) poem,nothing to do with illness or the New Year but I did watch Bright Star yesterday, the film about John Keats and I loved it so. A visual and a romantic delight; if you haven't seen it try and do so.


A thing of beauty is a joy for ever: 
Its loveliness increases; it will never 
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep 
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep 
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing. 
Therefore, on every morrow, are we wreathing 
A flowery band to bind us to the earth, 
Spite of despondence, of the inhuman dearth 
Of noble natures, of the gloomy days, 
Of all the unhealthy and o'er-darkn'd ways 
Made for our searching: yes, in spite of all, 
Some shape of beauty moves away the pall 
From our dark spirits. Such the sun, the moon, 
Trees old and young, sprouting a shady boon 
For simple sheep; and such are daffodils 
With the green world they live in; and clear rills 
That for themselves a cooling covert make 
'Gainst the hot season; the mid-forest brake, 
Rich with a sprinkling of fair musk-rose blooms: 
And such too is the grandeur of the dooms 
We have imagined for the mighty dead; 
An endless fountain of immortal drink, 
Pouring unto us from the heaven's brink. 

John Keats 

Bye for now.


jane said...

Happy New Year Cait - and a speedy recovery - I love your header picture - so atmospheric - Jane

Kath said...

Hope you are on the mind now, that must have been very scary for you. Hope the new year brings you good health and happiness.

Writing Nag said...

Happy New Year and I hope you're feeling better very soon! Thanks for the movie recommendation!

Elisabeth said...

So much beauty here, in face of your awful ill health. I hope you recover soon.

ds said...

Happy New Year, Cait. I hope you feel better quickly. Thanks for sharing "Endymion"--so lovely.

Vee said...

Oh no fun at all, Cait! I hope that the surgery is soon so that you can avoid another attack of this kind. It's such a misery. Glad that you are home and feeling better. Thank you for the tip about the movie. I'll look for it.

Fennie said...

Cait, I am sorry to hear you've been poorly. Do hope you're feeling better now. The cat in the picture is a real Clazzikin's Carpet cat.

Mac n' Janet said...

So sorry to hear you've been ill. You have again educated me, being a poetic know nothing I knew the line " A thing of beauty is a joy forever" but I didn't know where it came from, so thank you.

Angela Bell said...

Cait I hope you are ok,I had a really bad attack of IBS over Christmas it is also very painful so I sympathise with you. The film Bright Star is a poem in itself.It is also heartbreaking. Poor little Keats.. love your blog lol Angela

TF said...

All the best for 2012 Cait, look after yourself now

Fire Byrd said...

Glad to hear your feeling better.
Lovely header and still of blue flowers in the field.

Fire Byrd said...

Glad to hear your feeling better.
Lovely header and still of blue flowers in the field.

Mark said...

And belated happy New year to you too Gall Stones - yuk, very nasty - do hope you get well soon.

Tracy Golightly-Garcia said...

Hello Cait

I hope you will have a very blessed and happy new year! I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers as you wait on your surgery. Hope all will turn out well for you.

Tracy :)