I suppose ‘twitter, twitter’ could loosely be described as ‘chittle chattle’. Well, today Twitter did two things for me.
Firstly, I had a bad night. I woke feeling sad that I had to be up early and get on with the day. Of course, that often happens, and I just do it, but today I felt really cheated, and I couldn’t work out why. A short while later I was iPadding Twitter. Lo and behold a tweet from another blogger put me back on course! Apparently she was on a train, heading to an event that I knew had finished yesterday! Or had it? NO! It’s finishing TODAY! So….. that means that today is SUNDAY, not Monday as I thought. No wonder I was feeling cheated. Thanks for putting me back on track, Kate.
Secondly, and a little while later, I saw a tweet from The BNA, otherwise known as The British National Archive. An earlier tweet had given links to old paper cuttings about the Glorious 12th but this one was about a poet. None other than Robert Southey who was apparently born on 12th August 1774.
I enjoy reading poetry, if I’m in the mood, but I have to confess to never having read Southey’s poem ‘After Blenheim’. I do, however, know the first few lines, and they sprang into my head the moment I read his name, even though I haven’t thought about them for probably more than 30 years.
‘It was a summer’s evening
old Kaspars work was done
and he before his cottage door
was sitting in the sun’
Notice that there is no punctuation. For this is how I remember it. The full poem is here if you would like to read it, but I remember it from a school play. I don’t remember the name of the play, the characters in it, the people who played which parts. I just remember that one of the characters, a young child of indeterminate sex (in my memory, that is) quoted those lines at intervals throughout the performance.
So, having gained a day, had a few memories jerked, and discovered that I haven’t been cheated at all, I’m going to quickly list a few things on Etsy and Wanelo, then take a leaf out of Old Kaspars book and go and sit in the sun! Enjoy your day, wherever you are and whatever the weather.