Wednesday, 30 January 2019

HAPPY 2019

Squashed berries on broken wet pavement.
11th January 2019
I'm posting a picture of squashed berries, not to be pessimistic but because I suspect you'll find fewer pictures of squashed berries on the internet than you will of whole ones. Being vaguely reflective, it's brilliant how cheerful red berries remain even when they are squashed on a rainy pavement.

I took this photograph on my way home from hospital. I spent ages photographing the tree they fell from and its surrounds but I'll just put this here as a way to say Happy New Year. We may already be a twelfth of the way through 2019 but it's never too late for good wishes!

This the kind of picture I usually reserve for my other blog (Message in a Milk Bottle). There's more in it than at first seems. I think the stalk of the berries may be lying on part of a sycamore wing and there's either a tiny bit of green lichen to the top left of the lower berry or it's the beginning of a new plant.  There's a matchstick and, of course, the shine of rain on the paving stone.

Here in hospital, I find it harder to rejoice in the random. Very little here is random. It's beautifully clean and stunningly well ordered and efficient beyond anything I could have expected or even imagined . . . Yes, in hospital, for although I took this photo on my way home, I was only there for a few days before chemo started again. This time stronger than before. The first lot had zapped most of the Leukaemia but some still lurked in a mutant form. I'm back in exactly the same room. It's very comfortable but the view is of part of the same building, hence finding squashed berries enormously beautiful and exciting. They are not grey!

19 comments:

Flighty said...

Hello it's good to see you posting in your usual offbeat way as I was wondering how you are.
Thanks, and to you too. As you rightly say it's never too late for good wishes. Take care. xx
(PS I've sent you an email about a book)

Anonymous said...

Hello and Happy New Year, Never too late for best wishes. I’m so glad to see you posting on here. Sending a hug. Love from karen xx

liz said...

Lucy, It’s so good to hear from you. It sounds as though you’re into another grueling round of chemo. But, those glorious red berries on the shiny, rain dampened pavement reminds us all of what is special and what we usually ignore in our daily lives. Be well and all the best for 2019.

Anna said...

It's good to see a post from you Lucy. Thanks for your good wishes for the new year and sending you good wishes in return. Those squashed berries must have been a welcome splash of colour on your way home. I'm envious of your gift of being able to observe the tiny details. Hope that it is not long before you are back home and seeing colour again.

Diana Studer said...

I have been looking in each time I think of you.
SO good to see one of your quirky happy photos!

Hollis said...

As the others say... great to hear from you! The berries are perfect ... or rather not perfect (I've no use for perfect :) Best wishes ...

Countryside Tales said...

I've missed your take on the things you see, so it's lovely to read a post from you. No one else could point out so much in a photo of squashed berries and make me see them differently. I'm glad you got home for a bit and equally glad the hospital are taking such good care of you. Keep going, Lucy, you are made of tougher stuff than you know. x

Laura Bloomsbury said...

somewhat of a relief to hear from you Lucy - thanks for your wry Greetings and hoping your leukaemia is soon as squashed as these berries.

Lucy Corrander Now in Halifax! said...

Hello Mike. It's funny; when I'm writing I am not conscious of writing in any particular way - I just write . . . so I'm really pleased that people enjoy it.

Lucy Corrander Now in Halifax! said...

Hello Karen. Thank you for your continuing encouragement.

Lucy Corrander Now in Halifax! said...

Hello Liz. At least this time, although the chemo this time round is stronger than the first lot and has taken much of my energy, I have not been ill in the way of the first round when my temperature went up to 40 degrees and most of me was covered in a deep purple rash. Champing at the bit till I can get home!

Lucy Corrander Now in Halifax! said...

Hello Anna. Yes, the squashed berries looked disproportionately cheerful, the light was so dim and the weather so damp. It was like having a little moment of Christmas.

Lucy Corrander Now in Halifax! said...

Hello Diana. Thank you for looking out for posts. Hope you had a good Christmas.

Lucy Corrander Now in Halifax! said...

Hello Hollis. Your landscapes are so very different to any I am used to - do you get many red berries on trees where you live and explore?

Lucy Corrander Now in Halifax! said...

Hello Countryside Tales. I'm glad you like the posts. I think I'll be in hospital at least another week and don't know how many day's break I'll get at home before returning for the next chemo. But however short, I'll try to find something else interesting to post about then.

Lucy Corrander Now in Halifax! said...

Hello Laura. I'm pretty relieved I'm still here to wirte a post too! There was no guarantee the first round of chemo would work so I was very pleased it did, even though it didn't zap everything I'd have liked it to. Hope you are well.

Shirley said...

A happy new year to you and sending best wishes for your treatment to work

Hollis said...

Yes, Lucy, we have red berries, especially if you count wild rose hips, but only in moister habitat--stream draws and such. By now they are all dry and shriveled from having frozen so I don't notice them. Is there any red left? Don't know ... will have to check :)

Alistair said...

I have missed your special posts. I look upon the squashed berries as relevant to what your treatment is doing for your illness.I wish you well for 2019 and complete recovery. Alistair