My Grown Up camera is slowly but surely getting closer. Or not. At least the company which is either in China or Hong Kong or Britain has written to me explaining that my package will be “released” from customs in Britain within the next week. Why is it in Britain in the first place? I live in Spain. Obviously it was far too simple to send it to me direct. I shall contain myself in further patience. Perhaps if I play up my retirement I can get another gift to compensate for my frustration.
The meal in Terrassa was delicious as usual made, as is also usual by Toni’s mother’s professional hand. Three of us drank the Cava with two of us drinking the lion’s share.
The weather in Terrassa was not particularly inspiring and it was not much more elevating in Castelldefels. This summer is not turning out to be anything like last year. OK, I realise that, technically, the summer is only a few days old, but one of the reasons for living in Catalonia is that months which cannot be regarded as anything other than Tundra-like in my country can be positively sultry here. Well, this year has been something of a disappointment and so far April has been the most inspiring month and that, surely is pause for thought.
The news from Britain is not particularly good at the moment with friends having to cope with a variety of problems not all of which are of their own making.
The distance is a buffer from the tangible pain of the harsh reality that they are experiencing but it is also a geographical gap which increases feelings of frustration because all you can do is sit and listen as stories are told at the end of a telephone line.
Without the immediacy of proximity there is a sort of narrative unreality about everything which is deeply unsettling, as you constantly have to re-texture the disembodied voices with the context of personal history and experience. You have to keep reminding yourself that this is not a radio play for voices; it is the real on-going lives of people you love.
Thank god for the Internet and for the telephone (in all its forms) which allow a form of immediacy with the situation which geography denies!
Again, I started the day with an early morning swim in the delightful silence of a child-free environment. That hasn’t lasted of course, but it is a total pleasure while it does.
But, try as I might, my thoughts keep going back to Cardiff and the people going through difficult times.
And me in Spain.