A close approximation of normality…

The small dog, absent for far too long, is finally home. The unusual tidiness has been replaced by mayhem, the heavy silence broken by the clatter of claws on wooden flooring and the manic squeaking of stuffed toys reunited with their owner’s delighted jaws.

I liked the quiet tidiness, but…I like her presence more. I have missed the black beast, even though I know she loved her holiday, staying with her friends, just as much as I have enjoyed my own time away.

It seems an age since I last sat down to write, although it is less than two weeks since the madness began. There is so much to tell! It began with a car packed to bursting with props, costumes and a wheelchair as I drove north, heading for Derbyshire and The Feathered Seer workshop where folks were converging from all corners of this land and others. There is much to tell of the workshop. Stuart and some of the Companions have posted their accounts already and there are more yet to come. I haven’t even begun to write about it yet myself and appreciate having had the time to step back from the rituals and allow their ideas to mature. Although ‘having time’ seems an odd statement, given what we have been up to!

We ended the weekend with a visit to one of the sites that had inspired the workshop, with Running Elk and then we spent the next few days exploring the ancient and sacred landscape of Derbyshire with Alethea and Deb from America… and my son. They were very special days indeed.

Returning home, there was barely enough time to unpack the car and shoot off to the hospital for scans before we were off again; this time, heading south via Avebury for Glastonbury to stay with Alienora and share the Beltane celebrations of Avalon with Morgana and three other friends visiting from the US.

Somewhere along the way, I managed to get a horrible cold and, by the time we got to Glastonbury, so had my companion. By then, mine had become the chest infection from hell, which made climbing hills, stairs or even flat surfaces interesting. Home at last, my companion left for the north and I left for work and an overdue visit to the doctors.

We are supposed to listen to our bodies. I am none too keen on listening to mine at the moment as it wheezes, crackles and pops with every breath… but it is certainly telling me I need to stop dashing around for a week or two and give it space to heal. Which should finally allow me to catch up with all the emails, comments and contacts I have been missing and restore some semblance of order to chaos.

There are thousands of photos to process, a thousand miles travelled, so many places and stories to share…and so much sleep that needs to be caught up on! So there is currently nothing on my agenda but a bath and an early night after a long cuddle with the small dog. The meadow that used to be my lawn can wait as long as it must and the squeaky toys can occupy the floor for as long as the small dog wishes. The fish are watching attentively to ensure my continued presence as supplier of food and the robin has already been over to welcome me home.

Normality is restored… or at least, what passes for normality around here.

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com.
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70 Responses to A close approximation of normality…

  1. I’m delighted to have you back, though very sorry about your chest cold. They are my least favorite contagious cold and tend to lest a long time. Take care of yourself!! And welcome home!


  2. Ritu says:

    Rest and relax Sue! Then we shall look forward to your account of the past couple of weeks, when you are refreshed!

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  3. lovely images and adventures but get well!!


  4. Get well soon, Sue.


  5. Helen Jones says:

    It all sounds completely wonderful… except for the chest infection. Hope you get some time to rest now and get well πŸ™‚ Look forward to hearing your accounts when you’re ready.
    I’ve been meaning to ask, have you been back to the sleeping circle, and has it awoken?

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    • Sue Vincent says:

      We were there the other day, Helen… and yes, the stones are waking, gently, whispering to those who take the time to listen. The land feels very different here now and we reinforced what had been done before. xx

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  6. Jamie Dedes says:

    Wonderful photos. The idea of going to Glastonbury sounds so romantic to me and the perfect place – of course – to celebrate Beltane.

    The pup is darling. Hope you find yourself feeling much better soon.

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    • Sue Vincent says:

      Thank you, Jamie…the pup is a mischievous monster and I love her dearly.
      Glastonbury holds a a very special place for us, more so now that we have friends there too. The Beltane celebrations were a wonderful, colourful romp too πŸ™‚

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  7. I hope you’re well soon, Sue. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

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  8. jenanita01 says:

    Welcome back, Sue… cyberspace has been strangely quiet without you, so looking forward to reading all about everything… once you are feeling better of course!


  9. Great to have you back Sue and sorry about the chest infection.. a little canine therapy will help with that I am sure.. I do have a squeaky pig that I kept of Sam’s to send you if you think that might help. xxx


  10. Welcome home! Rest and relax, and cuddle with Ani. Everything else can wait.


  11. Mary Smith says:

    Sorry to hear you aren’t well, Sue, and I hope it clears up soon. Glad to have you back.


  12. Rae Longest says:

    Welcome back.


  13. Prajakta says:

    Get well soon πŸ™‚ The pictures are so soothing and lovely.


  14. Bernadette says:

    Rest and recover. And while your doing that enjoy the attention of Ani.


  15. stevetanham says:

    Reblogged this on Sun in Gemini and commented:
    Sue does need our healing thoughts and energies, if you can spare a few moments. Thank you.

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  16. Hope you feel better soon. Bet Ani was as pleased to see you as Maggie was to see us when we got back!


  17. bobcabkings says:

    I’m glad you had a good time away (sorry about the cold) and you and Ani are reunited. I suspect Ani may hav her own story to tell, perhaps including being properly spoiled on her return home.


  18. I do hope you feel better soon, Sue. I am so grateful to you for showing us all of those sacred places despite note feeling well. ❀


  19. Sounds incredibly busy, Sue. Rest up and take care of yourself. I hope you feel as cheery as Ani soon πŸ™‚


  20. Welcome back Sue! I am glad you have had such a wonderful time, but you have to try and rest up a bit now! I am sure you and Ani are having lots of lovely cuddles together after missing each other so much. I am looking forward to hearing about everything as soon as you feel up to it πŸ™‚


  21. Adele Marie says:

    A wonderful welcome home, Sue. xx


  22. Widdershins says:

    There’s nothing like coming home after a long journey to the otherworlds. πŸ™‚ May your infection die a sudden and painless death. πŸ˜€


  23. Eliza Waters says:

    Feel better soon – looking forward to your future posts about your trip.


  24. dgkaye says:

    Welcome back Sue πŸ™‚ x


  25. macjam47 says:

    Sue, there is nothing like a cold or any illness when away from the comforts of home to put a blight on travels, I hope you are on the mend and that Ani is taking good care of you. Hugs.


  26. I am sure that Ani was delighted to see you and be back home, Sue. A most delightful read but I do hope you are better now.


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