Friday, 25 February 2011


There are many signs of togetherness, and while it is well past Valentine's Day, there are family times ahead over the coming months, when togetherness may be celebrated. 

I guess, togetherness only has meaning in relation to separation, so everyone is somewhere along the spectrum of together/apart and all it means as we progress from Auld Lang Syne through to Easter Sunday.  Whatever it means, it is unique and personal to everyone.

These reeds, for me, mean a winter's walk around Blickling Lake, delightful at any time of year.  For us, it was the perfect way to celebrate a New Year.

Town End, in the Lake District, brings back images of Beatrix Potter, the naughty kittens, the rats under the floor boards, and rolling the pastry.  For us, it is the memory of dark rooms - too scary for children, no wonder Beatrix wrote such dark tales - and walking past it in brilliant sunshine, en route from Ambleside to Troutbeck, and then the long climb up Wansfell Pike.

With Mother's Day approaching - and those who insist on 'Mothering Sunday', despite few nowadays having a day off to go home from service - I have several impressions, based on past/present/future.  The emotions of seeing children take daffodils around church for their mothers; the modern inclusive services, where every 'lady' is given a bouquet, the joy and pain of being a parent or a child at this time of year.

This throws the exclusivity of lovers of St Valentine out of the window.  Everyone is a son or daughter; pleasure mixed with pain; joy with sorrow; life and death.  It seems appropriate, as we enter Lent (Pancake Day, ashes) in the run-up to Easter.

Some things never change, too few, so a trip to an old-fashioned burger bar is sheer delight.  Real plates, proper cutlery, waitress/waiter service (fast service), and paying at the end of the meal!  Like a much more expensive restaurant.

There is nothing quite like a Wimpy Bar, for bringing together old and young.  It is only surprising that many others chose long queues for fast food, crowds, lack of space, no service, and eating from paper or plastic wraps!  If you are in King's Lynn - go for the history, the architecture, the shows, the funfair, but if you are eating - try the Wimpy Bar.

For quintessential English service - you even get teapots, and cups with historic logos on.  Oh, and real teaspoons.  Who needs plastic and paper, when you can pay less and receive service, crockery and cutlery?
And, if such old-fashioned values don't encapsulate your ideas of togetherness - there is always the thought of Easter and all that chocolate...

Who needs Easter bunnies, where you can BOGOF on Brown Derbies (or 'Bowlers')... doughnut, ice cream, chocolate sauce and nuts... and you can always ask for an extra teaspoon, for a truly shared experience.  Love, or sacrifice - or chocolate - where else would you go for togetherness?

And if Norfolk Poets need a greater sense of togetherness, just read 'Mermaids off Cromer Pier and Other Poems' - there is a cover design by a Maltese artist, poems from USA, India, and around the UK, and if that's not enough, you can always discover how Perdita sets ?sail? with Poseidon from the Thames to the Big Apple, where she discovers Persephone with her torch and tome aloft, escaping the gates of Hades.

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