Saturday, 1 July 2017

Summer Cocktail

JULY opened today with sunshine and a gentle breeze on our Irish Sea coast. However, here on the Fylde - as this part of Lancashire is known - we can see all four seasons in one day. Blackpool is well known for its blustery though enervating sea winds.

It's arthritis, rather than the elements, that has temporarily halted my tennis playing. But, at least, we can watch it for the next fortnight on television from Wimbledon. As I write this there is a heat pack on my dodgy hip and soon I'll be lying on the lounge carpet doing physio-prescribed exercises.
Neither does it help my health having attended a beer festival last evening at my local pub, Blackpool's oldest licensed premises The Saddle Inn. However, there were some there with far worse health problems but putting on a brave face while enjoying traditional cask ales. It does the spirit good to mix.
By contrast, tennis friends tell me that the blackcurrant cordial Ribena is a proven cure for arthritic joints so tonight that will be my evening tonic.
This light literary website brings a contrasting mix of tastes too and aims to entertain and refresh. Our Books page - see near top of right column - shows all those available and in the pipeline with extracts available to read by clicking on links. Any purchases, on Kindle or in paperback sponsored by the British Arts Council, help support this non-profit-making and uplifting site started by retired journalists tired of all the bad news.
There are also extracts on our Story/Chapter page, including our next and very different publication Voyage of Discovery due out in late summer or early autumn.
The Memoir page also aims to entertain with travel anecdotes and more extracts, including one from The Growing Older Book - a work in progress.
Finally, there is our Poem page where contributions are welcome. If you scroll far enough down it (to item three) you'll find the nation's favourite, If by Rudyard Kipling, whose wise words adorn the entrance to the Centre Court at the All England Club:
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,   
    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!
We welcome readers from all over the world in the same spirit of brotherhood.
May your summer be an enriching one.

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