The Adjustment

The house seems unusually quiet these days. A month ago senior mutt passed away two days shy of her fifteenth birthday. And the household is adjusting to her absence. Still, younger mutt no longer checks each room (searching for senior mutt) whenever us humans come home after work, shopping, or other outings. As for the…

Changing Tack

Change: sometimes it is embraced with joy; other times it is not welcomed, at all. Recently, senior mutt had a check-up. For nigh on fifteen years senior mutt has been a loyal companion, a trainer of three puppies, a watch-dog, and a valued member of our family. And now she is dying from an ever-growing…

The Gossipers

Every Tuesday morning they gather. Fine weather and they sit around one of the round, wooden tables just outside their favourite café. If inclement, or if a chill winter wind blows, they head indoors into the café. Willing hands help to rearrange a table and chairs while some sit on the long bench seat which…

Never Say Never

Oops! There I go. Just when I think I’ve got things sorted, I go and do the contrary. And I clearly remember saying: ‘I’m so not saying “I remember when…”. That’s ageing.’ So much for saying never. Walking by the seaside last week I observed a group of four guys and two young women gearing…

Thirst

Belonging. A sense of home. A need. It is true: 'home is where the heart is'. I was visiting my niece who lives near a country town, far from the big smoke. After months of planning, this day, our day was finally here. Just us two enjoying each other's company. 'That's the only thing I…