Written in response to the Daily Word-prompt ‘Pleased’
It might seem crazy what I’m about to say Sunshine she’s here, you can take a break, I’m a hot air balloon that could go to space With the air, like I don’t care, baby, by the way, Because I’m Happy… This is just how I behave when the sun comes out!
There is something pleasing and strangely hypnotic about a sunshining day, especially in the season of spring, it brings out the best in us and in lots of different ways. It’s the time for hope, new life and new beginnings.
Somehow the sunshine clears away the cobwebs and refreshes the mind. Have you ever noticed that if you’re feeling a little down, how stepping out into the sunshine clears your cares away? It brings a smile to your face, a spring in your step and a cheerful good morning to everyone you meet.
It brings to mind the first throes of love, when your heart constantly skips a beat and the delight in your face is there for all to see.
The other Saturday, daughter Sophie and I went for a walk around the little market town of Otley where she lives. Otley sits on the banks of the River Wharfe and the old parish churchyard is apparently host to graves that are a thousand years old.
It was a beautiful morning and the sun shone brightly. As soon as I stepped out of the car my heart lifted and the smile began to creep across my face. As we walked through the churchyard I spoke to everyone we met and gave each a cheerful smile. This prompted Sophie to remark, “Going out with you is like going out with a small child, Hello, my name is Sue and my favourite colour is blue!” How rude!
We didn’t see a single thousand year old grave, but that’s hardly surprising, I did however, find a tree that I found fascinating and also many graves that were a few hundred years old such as this one below. Take a look at the engraving on the headstone, isn’t it wonderful?
Moving away from the church, Sophie and I spent a pleasant morning walking around the junk and antique shops, mainly looking at old furniture. We found a shop that uses chalk paint to renovate old cupboards and drawers and we were so impressed with the finished appearance we came away full of enthusiasm and cans of paint!
At home, I had old pine bedside drawers, Sophie decided to give them a new lease of life and below is the result of her efforts. The handles will darken when a coat of wax is applied and I couldn’t be more pleased with her first time attempt at shabby chic.
Video credit: Pharrell Williams YouTube