Friday, November 18, 2011

Positivity trumps adversity...

Playlist
Halloween, Alaska - Champagne Downtown
Brian Eno - Drums Between the Bells
Various - Electric 80s
The Nice - Five Bridges
Wilco - Kicking Television
Lady Antebellum - Lady Antebellum
Various - Perfecto Fluoro
The Yardbirds - Shapes of Things
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Starlightnight
James Taylor - Sweet Baby James
Creek - Tarnished
Roy Orbison - The Essential Roy Orbison
Van Der Graaf Generator - The Least We Can Do Is Wave...
Marvin Gaye - The Very Best of Marvin Gaye
Jack Bruce - Things We Like
Rufus Wainwright - Want Two
Alice Cooper - Welcome 2 My Nightmare
Ian Wallace - Happiness With Minimal Side Effects
The Douglas Firs - Happy as a Windless Flag
XTC - White Music

As is becoming the norm - up at a stupidly early hour as, once awake, I cannot return to the land of nod...

Meg the Black Cat was therefore out and about super-early...



When I stuck the camera through the cat flap to capture her movements, I didn't realise she'd turned round to see what was coming out the flap...

Ooops...



Anyway, here's the view I was expecting...



Set the player to shuffle today and was buoyed as I left the house by the jazzy improv sounds of Jack Bruce's album, "Things We Like"...

Under dark skies...



...a diverting visit to Fopp at lunchtime resulted in seven of your English pounds being transferred from my pocket to their till in exchange for discs by Aberdeen outfit The Douglas Firs, ex-King Crimson drummer Ian Wallace and XTC's debut, considered in 1978 to be New Wave but, in reality, speeded up Prog Rock...

The leaves are disappearing fast from trees I used just a few days ago to illustrate the onset of Autumn...





Once again, the Cathedral was occupied as I passed on the way home...



A cheering Indian was collected from nearby Abida and some unchallenging and entertaining telly was kind of enjoyed - as were the new purchases on the nut-phones...

I received so many e-mails of love and support and best wishes for Pam today - even from people I've never had contact with before, I spent much of the day in correspondence with all her well-wishers...

I have never known such a beloved person...

Although this has not been the best year of her life, I've put together this collage to show just what she's had to go through...



Click on it, enlargen it, and wonder at Pam's strength and positivity in the face of such overwhelming adversity...

After twelve months of hell, she is still smiling - sister Sheila called last night to report her first "good" visit since Pam as admitted almost four weeks ago...

Sheila, brother-in-law Andrew and my mum spent a couple of hours with Pam, enjoying a Chinese Takeaway which was apparently wolfed down - ha! just like the old days...

Difficult, difficult times but we are all richer for having Pam in our lives and, right now, she is still there...

Highlight of the Day : The love...

2 comments:

impossible songs said...

The collage is a lovely piece of work, Pam's personality just glows in many of the photos. As you say, she's still in there.

Love to you all

J&A

CBQ said...

Thanks J&A - our dinner in the snow was the last good night before this all started...