This post has no photos and is actually fairly short! I know, tragic isn’t it! But that’s because 26th June is National Unplugging Day so we went as gadget free as we could (we didn’t do very well actually…). (The featured image at the top if you’re reading this on my actual blog rather than a reader is of Sutton Gault at the start of June, we visited it today you see!) Before I tell you all about what we did get up to, I thought I’d continue with my accidental poetry theme and share another poem with you.
Thistles by Ted Hughes
Against the rubber tounges of cows and the hoeing hands of men
Thistles spike the summer air
Or crackle open under a blue-black pressure.
Every one a revengeful burst
Of resurrection, a grasped fistful
Of splintered weapons and Icelandic frost thrust up
From the underground stain of a decayed Viking.
They are like pale hair and the gutturals of dialects.
Everyone manages a plume of blood.
Then they grow grey, like men.
Mown down, it is a feud. Their sons appear,
Stiff with weapons, fighting back over the same ground.
I’m going to leave you to think of that what you will. I am undecided in my opinion of it – please feel free to leave me any comments on your opinion of it!
But for now, onwards with the adventure!
So National Unplugging Day! So we definitely didn’t manage to go completely gadget free. But we reworked it such that it meant that my partner and I spent some quality time together.
After a late start and a tasty brunch we headed down to a local event called Sutton Feast. From what we could work out, this is basically a village fete! There were a few classic cars, a medieval reinactment group, some morris dancers, some wonderful music performers and some other fun events.
It was lovely to sit and eat an ice cream while listening to the Sutton Youth Recorder ensemble and then to wander down to the gault and have a look out over the Ouse Washes. Everyone was enjoying themselves and it was a joy to be there! We also had a go at the coconut shy! I was hopeless, but my partner managed to win us three coconuts! Colin has discovered a taste for coconut when I gave him a little bit of the water and half a coconut to have a nibble on or just to sit in! If he’s good and continues playing with it, it might be another wild adventure post for Colin!
The weather was perfect and I hope the fete raised plenty of money!
Today’s haiku is about the benefits of unplugging ourselves from social media and the interent and techonology and getting back in tune with nature!
Tune in to nature.
Engage your senses, improve your health,
Enjoy the benefits.