I love that every week has a Sunday, in the same way that I groan a little about the fact that they each have a Monday. Sunday is one day where I feel excessive laziness is justifiable. So in the spirit of relaxation I find some time to cuddle up and read a little poetry.
Today, at the end of a week dedicated to gratitude and being thankful, I spent a little time reflecting on Sheenagh Pugh’s, “What if This Road”. Why? Because to me the poem is a wonderful metaphor for life’s journey. Many, many days our road is familiar and well travelled and yet still life retains the ability to surprise us and knock us just a little off our stride. Usually when we least expect it. In reality, there is little in this world we can be entirely certain of and Steinbeck’s best laid plans, like most of ours, often go awry. But would we really want it any other way? Is some of the magic of life not its inherent unpredictability?
What If This Road
What if this road, that has held no surprises
these many years, decided not to go
home after all; what if it could turn
left or right with no more ado
than a kite-tail? What if its tarry skin
were like a long, supple bolt of cloth,
that is shaken and rolled out, and takes
a new shape from the contours beneath?
And if it chose to lay itself down
in a new way; around a blind corner,
across hills you must climb without knowing
what’s on the other side; who would not hanker
to be going, at all risks? Who wants to know
a story’s end, or where a road will go?
~ Sheenagh Pugh ~
Today I am cooking for one, so a traditional Sunday roast may be a little excessive. Instead I have opted for a warm and comforting cottage pie, that can bubble away in the oven, filling the house with its meaty, wonderful aromas. I am using Nigella’s recipe, just reducing the quantity and swapping beef for lamb (because that is what I have in the fridge). There is just something almost soothing about fluffy mashed potatoes, that is just irresistible to me on miserable winter’s evenings. And dinners that make perfect lunches are so welcome at this time of year.
I am also doing a little online shopping for these very cosy looking ASOS PJs
Some simple MAC eyeshadows
And procrastinating between a city break in Edinburgh or Amsterdam for early 2016.
I hope you are having a great Sunday too xxxx