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Blog 20 - The Dragonfly




After yesterday’s long journey to Easter Island, my magic carpet is tired and refused to leave the country. Only short journeys allowed today. Do remember that when shopping for your groceries. Shop local......how I wish I were allowed out to shop for myself. I would be foraging around for cornbread or some other obscure ingredient like black treacle. I will be good and stay home.



As a busy bee, a fluttering butterfly or a darting dragonfly, I am not used to the confines of one place. Every single day, I would be out .....on the head of the road, as my old granny would say. So, magic carpet, if you are not up for Long Haul today, where shall we go Short Haul?





Rosie, formerly a flight attendant on Concorde, painted this picture of a dragonfly yesterday, so it’s going to be a doddle of a short flight for the carpet to Winchester. I will tie my dark grey chiffon with green dragonflies scarf tightly, as the forecast shows light winds.



Why choose Winchester, you may well ask. I did say I was always on the head of the road. In latter years, I have been unable to drive long distances, as my 1987 Red Lady BMW cabriolet is in semi-retirement and I don’t trust my sight, so coach trips have been my escape to new adventure. The U3A were offering a trip to Winchester. We kept out of ditches, see Blog 12, and we all did our own thing on arrival. A friend and I took a guided walk around this wonderful old city, marvelling at King Arthur’s round table in the Great Hall of Winchester Castle, overawed in the medieval cathedral, resolving to read more Jane Austen, remembered by not one, but three memorials to her in the cathedral. She died nearby aged only 41 and her funeral was attended by only four people. Alas, only too relevant today. No mention of her writing on her first modest memorial, then acknowledged by the second erected by her nephew, and finally in 1900 a stained glass window was installed in her memory. Alas, there are so many people dying today who will be properly remembered later.  There are three in my life just this past week. Jane lead a secluded life and escaped through her writing, just as I do today with my scarf blogs. My Mr.Darcy appeared a long time ago and did a runner not long into this century. I am comfortable that he remains in my heart.



And yet, no mention of a dragonfly in Winchester.



Tired after our wandering, my friend and I had a jolly fine lunch in an old inn and then, joy, oh joy, there was a street market of craft stalls. I saw the silver dragonfly pendant, hand made by the stall holder in a village in Wiltshire near my daughter’s home. I felt it should come home with me. I will hold on to it tightly as we fly today.



Perchance, I may travel by train tomorrow.  Do join me......



Busy Bee, Scarf Face!

Blog 20.

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niawot
Oct 04, 2020

Hi Hazel just found your blog catching up with you only on day 20;💕

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Perrin Fox
Apr 16, 2020

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Hazell Jacobs
Hazell Jacobs
Apr 15, 2020

Thanks Regine for reminding me of the Little Diver at Winchester Cathedral. Lots of brave people out there now fighting a new danger. I think you commented a few blogs back that you have the same scarf as me from Taiwan. It is very pretty.

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rmusker
rmusker
Apr 15, 2020

Your lovely sister sent me on a journey to this blog today and I decided not to dig my veg bed and travel the world with you. Thank you for a cheery afternoon and although I know we’ll all be travelling for real before Burns Night I’m hoping to see a thistle here before too long. 🌺🇮🇳🕉, love from Ros

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Regine Gray
Regine Gray
Apr 15, 2020

WINCHESTER , MY SECOND FAVOURITE UK CITY AFTER SALISBURY, WELL DONE FOR REMINDING ME HOW BEAUTIFUL THE CATHEDRAL WAS, BUT DID YOU NOT SEE THE LITTLE STATUE OF THE DIVER WHO HELPED SAVE THE CATHEDRAL WHEN IT FLOODED BADLY....I ALWAYS SAY THANK YOU TO HIM !

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