Since I turned in my dissertation draft yesterday, I’ve decided that I am going to take a week’s holiday to rest and unwind before I have to start working on edits for the final version. So, between now and 31 July, I am on holiday! Which basically just means I’m going to go and do fun things for the next week.
And that started today with a trip to Edinburgh.
Way back in May, my cousin Rita was in Scotland as part of a tour group and we spent a day in Edinburgh together. Only two of the things on her list of “things to see” weren’t open (or planted) that day. So I promised her I would return on her behalf. And I decided to start my holidays by following through with that promise!
The first stop was the Scottish Poetry Library. Rita is a librarian and had been excited about the idea of seeing the place. I don’t know if I would have gone without her prompting, but I’m glad I did because it’s always fun (and educational!) to do new things.
If I’m completely honest, I’m not really “into” poetry, but there are a few poems and poets that I like – mostly because they make me giggle. (Yes, Shel Silverstein – I’m talking about you!) So, today’s goal was to randomly(ish) find something I liked. To do that, I picked out books the piqued my interest – either by their title or typeset – then I flicked through them.
And just as I was about to give up, I tried one last book and I finally found what I was looking for! I know it’s short, but it made me smile very much, and that’s what poetry should do!
A Cat Called Slumber
by Adrian Mitchell (found in “Blue Coffee“, pg 63)
In the middle of the night appears
My day-shy tabby with collapsable ears
And I stroke her ears so those ears collapse
And she purrs to say that she loves me, perhaps…
After the library, I wandered over to Princes Street Gardens to have a look at the Floral Clock which was being planted when Rita was visiting. But, I’m pleased to say, it was fully planted, and fully working when I arrived today. Apparently, the theme is London 2012.
Anyhow, it was a successful trip into the city. And the weather was fabulous which just added to the enjoyment of the day. In fact, the weather was so fabulous that I left the house without an umbrella or a jacket and didn’t regret it once! And better than that, it was so fabulous that I bought an ice cream and sat in the gardens for a spell before catching the train home. Bliss!
I wonder what the rest of my holiday week will hold …