Good for the sole. Good for the soul


Don’t you hate it when you look at a blog title and think – ‘WHAT????’ I guess that the case with most of my blogs. Okay, all of my blogs. Welcome to my world.

Rain? Yes, it seems the U.K. returned to its default position of grey sky and rain for a while. After weeks of people complaining that it’s too hot, we then hapeople complaining about the rain. Well, when I say people I mean ME!

Join me on my reflective perch on the ground whilst I rejoice at these glorious days of sunshine and blue sky.

“Nothing soothes the soul like a walk on the beach” – unknown 

“A simple life is good with me. I don’t need a whole lot. For me a t-shirt, a pair of short, barefoot on a beach and I’m happy” – Yanni

Oh, the sun. That big yellow ball of firey happiness. The cause of miles of smiles. But, of course, it does bring a health warning so always ensure you protect yourself from the sun’s glare, and take care of the elderly and your pets.

For me, to wake up to see Mr Blue Sky doing it right, and the sun smiling with his hat on, it gives the day a damn fine better chance of being a good one. Even for me!

I think this year, more than any, I’ve appreciated the power of blue sky and sunshine. It might be because we had such a lousy winter – and early spring; it might be because I’m appreciating life’s beauty through just being happy; or it might be just because I’m just grateful. 

Whatever it is, I just love good, warm, weather. It gets me out of the house. It gets me out exercising through walking with Ringo. I even find the outer edges of my mouth curling into a shape that some may call a smile.

We’ve been lucky this year, with the wonderful weather including a couple of music festivals, a couple of days out for birthdays, and The Wee One’s big birthday. Beautiful weather meaning everyone being outside – wonderful. It’s good for the soul.

And then there’s been #TeamDurky’s trip to Catalonia. It’s been 3 years since the last visit to Tamariu, and it was Audrey and Gaby’s first trip there. And, it certainly didn’t disappoint. Quite the opposite. 

We were very, very lucky to have the opportunity to travel to Tamariu. It’s hard to put into words the beauty of the coastline around Tamariu. Mainly unspoilt by commercialism; a full English would be a term for someone who’s had a good meal rather than a sizeable breakfast with the full trimmings.

But, the jewel in the crown of Tamariu is how the village’s ‘persona’ changes throughout the day. 

The traditional has always been a morning walk into Tamariu by me and Ben. Hunter gatherers in search of croissants and bread. It’s also our chance to get excited about the up and coming Leeds Festival, to talk about the pending football season, to reflect on the rugby league season and generally chat. We always amble on the promenade, stare at the sea, and just enjoy that time together. I’m so lucky to have such a strong friendship with such a wonderful young man.

Of course, don’t get me wrong. The invitation has always been there for Liv to have a separate walk. I love walking. But, Liv always gratefully declines. But, we have our time in the sea or the pool. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, Liv’s progress makes me so proud. 

Family, it’s everything – to me anyway. I’m so lucky and, as was seen as The Wee One’s big party, the family – and friend group – just gets bigger, better and stronger. I feel so sorry for those without family and I feel equally sorry for those who have family but choose to ignore it.

However, I’ll always celebrate how lucky I am. 

A new dimension to our visit to Tamariu is that Audrey equally loves walking and was so keen to have a morning walk into Tamariu. However, the challenge was not letting that encroach into my routine with Ben and it not delaying our drive to the beach. Audrey did express the desire to see Tamariu early, before things started opening. So, for the 2nd half of our week in Tamariu, we set off nice and early and, suffice it to say, we were rewarded in abundance.

Early morning, walking on the beach, and then standing on the edge of the sea with the water gentling rippling on our feet, whilst watch small boats swaying on the calm sea. Can you picture it? I can as I write this. Beautiful!

It felt like the best form of meditation; perfect peace. Two people, in love, standing on the edge of the Mediterranean been just so. The feel of the pebble and sand on the feet, along with the sea, almost massaging. 

It was so good to seize the moment. Before the day started, we started our day. We saw a different a Tamariu to that I would see with Ben an hour later, and a different Tamariu to the one we would all see, including Liv and Gaby all beautiful in their own sweet way.

But, as we stood in the sea, we knew it was good for the sole and good for the soul.

I guess it’s just wonderful to get that chance to share such a moment.

So many of us are lucky to have that place that we can return to. For me, Ben and Liv, it felt truly stunning to see a place we probably didn’t think we’d return to. But we went, we inducted Audrey and Gaby to our little bit of heaven and, until the next time, it is framed in our memories.

And, there it is. A bit of a reflective blog. I hope not indulgent. Hopefully, just my way of sharing how we’ve been lucky to find of spot of happiness. I hope the same for all. We have a beautiful planet, let’s find our place to experience all that is at least good for the soul.

Take care.


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