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Saturday, 26 January 2013
I'd rather be....
I've never made a secret of the fact that I'm something of a hermit; I enjoy the company of others, but I'm just as content at home, by myself.
In recent times I've been obliged to attend a certain number of social gatherings. The invitations were answered on my behalf, and whereas I would normally have relied on my Bunbury to find a plausible excuse, I have been obliged to accept in absentia.
On such occasions I find myself asking the question 'What would I really like to be doing instead of being here, with all these people (most of whom I don't know)?'
Usually the answer is predictable. Other than being at home with a glass of wine, I would much rather be with just a couple of really good friends, enjoying simple banter, and putting the world to rights.
This is probably epitomised by sitting at a corner table, in a favourite restaurant or bar, with my old mate Jock. In the few years that we fraternised, we must have downed thousands of bottles of wine, shared hundreds of wonderful meals, and solved every problem known to mankind. At least, that's how it seemed, and it suited me fine.
I don't know why, but I've really begun to dislike large social gatherings. Maybe it's a question of age.
The difference between an optimist and a pessimist, is that the optimist enjoys himself whilst waiting for the inevitable! I AM that optimist!
This is a daily, optimistic, 'photos and comments' blog. I make no judgements (only occasionally), just notes. If you wish to comment in any way at all, please feel free. Everything and everyone (except the obdurate and dictatorial) is very welcome.
I was born just south of London, but for the past 46 years I've lived in S W France. I am a painter by profession, and writer by desire. Lady Magnon and I live in an ancient cottage, in a tiny village, in perfectly tranquil countryside. We have a vegetable garden called 'Haddock's' (this may crop up from time to time), plenty of fruit trees, and a view that takes the breath away; we also have a Border Collie called Billy. I try to treat our planet with respect, and encourage others to do likewise (without preaching).
Contentment is a glass of red, a plate of charcuterie, and a slice of good country bread. Perfect!