“She took a sip, and she felt calmed by it, as she always did. There was something in reddish tea that said to you look, don’t worry.”

The House of Unexpected Sisters by Alexander McCall Smith

McVitie's digestivesWhen someone in a film says, “Fancy a cuppa?” or “I’ll pour us a glass, shall I?” do you also feel like popping the kettle on or opening a bottle of wine?

I’m an absolute sucker for a suggestion. And it works in all sorts of ways.

So … I see a character in a film (perhaps a detective hot on the trail of a serial killer) going for a long gruelling run to clear her head. She’s pounding the pavement. She’s sweating. She’s determined. Immediately, I experience a strong almost-physical pull to lace up my trainers and join her.

If you yawn, I WILL yawn. Forget that, just mention the word ‘yawn’. I’m yawning as I write this.

If my Mama cries, I cry.

If Hubby is stressed, I feel it for him.

I may be some sort of human sponge. The problem is real.

As I mentioned before, I’m being careful about what I listen to and watch

That’s why, people, for the umpteenth time, though they are acknowledged to be brilliant, no, I have not watched ‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Breaking Bad‘, ‘It‘, ‘No country for Old Men‘, ‘28 Days Later’, ‘The Shining‘ and a million other titles … please don’t recommend them to me.

Book by Anthony DoerrI’m too soft!

I can’t cope with the visuals.

They stay with me.

I will dream them.

If you’re on the hunt for a good book, though, I can recommend a stunning lockdown read, All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Though without question a totally different situation (set during WWII), I felt there were many eerie parallels to our C-19 lockdown. It’s beautifully written. I couldn’t put it down.

In other news, Hubby and I had an enormous grocery order arrive today, just when the fridge and cupboards were beginning to echo. So, I will head off in a minute to make myself that cuppa avec digestive biscuit which I’ve been thinking about all morning. #thankful

Like yawning, tea is a difficult one to resist.

So, what are you listening to, watching, indulging in these lockdown days, peeps?

Let’s do this lockdown thing Une étape a la fois.

Growing veg


P.s. Today the postman delivered a parcel from my Sis-in-law in Hull: biltong, veg seeds for planting, and handmade Shweshwe face masks. #blessed
P.p.s. Spring is happening outside and our seedlings are almost ready to be planted out in the allotment – like during the world wars, we will #digforvictory in 2020.
P.p.p.s. There are some caveats to my film watching. I’m fine with, and in fact love aliens, creature features and zombies so long as they are fairly benign, and because I’m not likely to meet them in real life. I did my Film MA thesis on Aliens (1986) and Jaws (1975). There’s a beautiful formulaic appeal to these films, which allow for safe watching – for me – I know they are not everyone’s ‘cup of tea’. Wine works too.
P.p.p.p.s. See what I just did? I started with tea and I’ve ended with tea. “Polly!” 

2 thoughts on ““Polly!”

  1. Hi Nyama

    Had to smile at your blog. Although I don’t have the same impulses from suggestion like you do, I do absorb things and so I also struggle with certain movies. My empathetic nature means I feel their pain and so often it is just too much for me to cope with. For this very reason, I seldom watch the news. It is all doom and gloom and people do the most awful things to other people that my heart just can’t cope. My friend Clare and I have a loving banter about this as she is an avid news follower and gets frustrated with me who never knows what is going on but she does understand why I find it so hard to read/watch the news every day.

    Saying that I have been following the news way more over this period so I am a bit more up to date with info, especially where it affects work and the people we work with!!

    Hope the cuppa was yummy and that the seedling planting will go well!!

    Love Diane ________________________________


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