1 EAGLETON NOTES: Another Grand Day

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Monday, 13 August 2012

Another Grand Day

By the time lunchtime came CJ and I wondered what on earth had happened to the morning.  We'd both been up early (in fact CJ seemed to have been up most of the night) and hadn't been lazy but at the same time I certainly didn't feel that I'd actually achieved anything.  Nothing new there then.  In the afternoon Gaz popped in having cycled out from town on his 'fixey' and we spent a very pleasant  afternoon.  Pat and Dave came for dinner and then we watched the Olympic closing ceremony.

I can well understand it of you have already asked yourself why you are reading such mundanities.   It suddenly occurred to me when I woke up this morning that it was, to some extent, the mundaneness of yesterday which had made it special.   There had been no pressure to 'do' anything in particular.

So I had time to watch the birds as they had a bath in the waterfall into the pond.  I did wonder what the sparrow in the second photo was trying to do.



 Then as evening fell and we finished dinner the sky turned into a blaze of colour



and we settled down to watch the closing ceremony.  Perhaps it wasn't the sort of thing that many were expecting.  I had had absolutely no idea what to expect.  It was a young show for the young because when you think about it the Olympics may be viewed by all ages but they are truly the province of the young.

I thoroughly enjoyed it but, more than that, I found it a very emotional experience.  I'm not nationalistic but every other country seems to be proud of who it is so why shouldn't the Brits?  After all contrary to many expectations the Games went exceptionally well and Britain didn't do too badly coming third in terms of gold medals with only 9 less than China.


My Goddaughter, Louise, and her partner had been in London for some of the events in the middle weekend and I knew that they would be watching the ceremony.  They go off to one of the F1 GPs each year and it always gives me a warm feeling when I get a picture text from Louise in, say, Singapore watching the same race in person that I am watching simultaneously on the TV.   So last night as I watched we texted each other and shared the emotion.






As the lights extinguished and The 2012 Olympics came to an end I pondered on the spirit of the games and decided that I had two photos from the last part of the ceremony which were symbolic of my thoughts.  Firstly was Darcey Bussell when she was being lifted.  To me it symbolised the athleticism, the determination and the support on which each participant relies:


The second was these, to me, unknown young ladies who said it all:


I shall end with two snippets:



Bye for now.


16 comments:

  1. I think the sparrow was scratching his ear, wondering what you were doing!

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    1. Entirely possible CJ, these curious sparrows get everywhere.

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  2. The end of the Olympics I missed. I have no idea what I did instead. Probably I went to bed, because that is where I woke up this morning...

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    1. Sounds like your powers of deduction are as crisp as ever Monica.

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  3. What a great closing ceremony. The music was not to my taste but that mattered not. I too found it very emotional. We enjoyed the meal, the company and great television. All in all a lovely evening.

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    1. Food, wine and good company. What more can a person ask for? The rest was a bonus.

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  4. It wouldn't have looked the same on our teeny little telly. Your day sounds delightful and I am glad you had the chance to capture it in your blog.

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    1. I have to say that the big screen was a bonus. I so rarely watch things on it that when I do I really appreciate them.

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  5. Your blog makes me wish I could take great photogrphs. Yours are stunning. All I do is take snaps on my phone, because my camera is too complicated for me ;o(

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    1. Thank you for the compliment Frances. I'm sure that you undersell yourself. Your camera is not too complicated for you. What you are really saying is that you have no interest in the technology. Am I correct?

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  6. GB, loved the photos of the Olympic closing ceremony...thanks to your goddaughter...spectacular shots.
    Loved your sunset photos...what a gorgeous end to a day.
    I can usually enjoy lovely sunsets from my patio too, but when I want to chase the sunset, I set off from home to the northernmost tip of the island, and when the sun dips below the horizon, there is this incredible green flash, which has so far eluded me on film....one of these days.
    I think your sparrow friend was jumping up and down on one foot trying to dislodge water from inside his ear. I see too that your sparrows seem to be bigger than ours here.

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    1. Our Sparrow is about 5¾ (14.5 cm) long. That sounds like a good explanation to me. I am going to have to learn more about the geography of your Island so that I can better understand where your travels are taking you.

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    2. I'll send you a map of the island.
      Our sparrows are more like 3-1/2" long....cute little things.

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  7. I love 'ordinary, mundane' blog posts. Perhaps it's because they get inside where people are most comfortable, and know best... They feel right and natural. Honest. Uncontrived.

    I have heard so much about the Olympics I wish I had watched them. Perhaps son will be able to find a download... shhh.

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    1. There was a lot to be enjoyed I have to say, Katherine.

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