Wow. It’s been a while since I last blogged. And quite a bit has happened in the intervening time. I have:
* Changed church
* Bought a house
* Entered my third decade
* Started to learn some DIY skills (including fixing the roof, resealing the bath etc)
* Gained a lodger
* and quite a bit of other stuff that I can’t think of now.
My lodger is a very good friend from uni – if you ignore the fact that we really didn’t like each other for the first month or so. After uni, she moved up north, I stayed out west, and we met up maybe 2 or 3 times in about 7 years. But, we seem to have one of those friendships that survives that sort of neglect! And when she was made redundant, an initially throwaway suggestion on my part that she could always come and live with me somehow became a serious suggestion, and then a reality. And it’s fun. Odd, in that we’ve both moved on a bit since the last time we really knew each other on a day to day basis, but but really good to have her around.
And last weekend, we headed off to meet up with another old uni friend, and to go to a gig at a folk club in the middle of nowhere to hear a pub duo we used to go and listen to in uni days who were playing 3 gigs together again. And it was great. The silliness, the energy, the music, the just-having-a-really-good-night-outness. It was like being a stdent again in some ways. But somehow I appreciated it more this time – probaby because it’s been over 7 years since I last heard them play.
The Lodger took quite a lot of photos, so I may try and post a few here later. However, to give you some idea of the evening, it included:
* a dramatised version of ‘Whisky in the Jar’ involving 2 cucumber ‘swords’ and a banana ‘pistol’
* several glasses of water and a toy dog
* a bloke playing a drum accompaniment to ‘The Bear Necessities of Life’ on a bucket on his head
* the same bloke playing the mandolin using a half-drunk pint of beer
* standing on tables
* and much singing, dancing and laughing.
Sometimes I miss the days when evenings like this were normal. But, the present isn’t bad either. And the future? Who knows.