Wednesday, 3 October 2012
Autumn of Life
AUTUMN has settled on Great Marton but at Edmonds Towers we are not dismayed.
It is a season of change and maturity, enjoyed best when well wrapped up for a stroll or in quiet reflection by a cosy fire.
Besides, I've much to celebrate in life!
There is She Who Knows to look after me and see I remain active - nipping up and down stairs with cups of tea, out to shops, maintaining garden and home, partnering her at tennis or dance sessions . . .
And, great relief to males of mature age, a recent high PSA reading has proved benign. A cloud of possible ill health lifted into sunshine.
What's more, I have a new novel published.
It also allowed me to look back on a different time and place, Manchester in the 80s and even earlier - at Chorlton there when, as a young man, I first left home to share a flat.
The plot also allowed me to spotlight a couple of delightful old pubs: the remarkably unspoiled Circus Tavern in Manchester's Portland Street, and Tudor-style Horse & Jockey by the quaint green in Chorlton-cum-Hardy.
Above all, the novel is a celebration of the true riches in life: good health; awareness of nature, and a sense of goodness and purpose.
There are also, of course, humour, danger . . . and romance.
Life wouldn't be complete without those.
Enjoy your autumn reading!