Daily Archives: April 23, 2007

Todmorden in Bloom

It’s always fun when I see someone from my past doing interesting and exciting things.

During the month of his 50th birthday, an artist friend of mine in Todmorden, Lancashire, England was in the local news. It seems as if his town entered the Britain in Bloom contest and he designed a plaque for the train station where he has a gallery.

Jeremy and I met in 1974 when we participated in a student exchange program. He and several students visited my high school that spring, and I, along with a number of American students, visited his grammar school that summer. My friend Sue and I stayed at Jeremy’s house. We became good friends and visited back and forth for several years. That we’ve managed to keep in contact after all these years is a good thing – although he is better at it than am I. However I keep up with his doings by searching his name every so often, which is how I found out about this.

I wish Todmorden the best of luck. We visited Jeremy and his family in 2002, and got to see Todmorden up close.

Todmorden in Bloom Website.

59. The Day is Full of Birds

The weather is finally warm enough to keep the windows open at night. My favorite part of open windows is being awakened to birdsong in the mornings.

I always think of the first track on side two of Kate Bush’s Aerial when I hear the birds singing in the morning and say, to myself — or out loud is someone is in the room, “The day is full of birds”.

Listen to Prelude

The day is full of birds
Sounds like they’re saying words.

If you’ve not checked out Kate’s website, do so now. Especially if you like birds.