January 9th, 2013

Wanaka tree

The best of times...

I know that I'm not around here as much as I would like, though I do try to keep up with my friends page even though I don't post as often as I should. That begs the question as to why I'm posting now to say that I probably won't be around much over the next week or so.

Well, it's because my wonderful friend Julia is coming to visit. I'm fetching her from Heathrow tomorrow. Her plane gets in from Saint Petersburg at about 5.45 tomorrow afternoon/evening. Then we'll have the fairly dull drive back to Somerset - with a meal stop on the way.

Once we're back I'll be able to relax and enjoy her company and the planning of what we're going to do and what we're going to see while she's here. There will, of course, be some of the visits I always seem to make when I have friends to stay. But, because hers is a winter visit, we will be guided largely by what the weather's going to do, and we can only really do that from day to day. Whatever happens, it will be great. Great to have some time off at this time of the year; great to have such wonderful company; and great to finally be able to show her my part of the world.

There will be a few hang-ups though. We still have lots of floods and things around. The road I use to get to and from work opened, after more than a month of closure because of flooding, just before Christmas. I used it for a couple of days. Then the rains came again, and it flooded again, and was closed again. It's still closed now. So, when I take Julia to Taunton on Friday, which I must, I will have to make the huge detour I have to make every day for work. That's a pain, but not a problem.

She will probably see Somerset without its glossy spring and summer coat of sunshine. I don't know how many sunny days we'll have. I love my area, but for about eight months of the year. From November to March it loses its green cosy appearance and instead takes on a greyness that is hard to describe. But at least we still have Glastonbury, Wells and other places with a mystical feel and appearance. And there are some places that are interesting at any time of the year, in any weather. So there will certainly be enough to do. And add in a day out in Salisbury and another in South Wales and I'm sure we will end next week wondering where the time had gone. On top of that, of course, I will have the best of company to chase the winter blues away.

I'm so looking forward to this holiday, being with Julia and showing her around, so, whatever the weather, I can't wait. And I'm sure I will have photos to show for it.