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Enjoy the silence

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Clocks changing, a second summer, and apparently some sort of election was held by our southern neighbours. It's been an interesting few days.

There seems to be no slow news days anymore. Even locally there are reports of attempted abductions, car break-ins and ne're-do-wells loitering around properties. The world seems to be getting busier and stranger by the day.

It's certainly getting harder to have a relaxing day. You can't open social media or read the regular global news without seeing more and more things to despair at. A quiet day is becoming a luxury.

Sunday was one such day. I ignored the news, although I did have to listen to the greatest soccer team in the world (Aston Villa if you needed reminding) achieve yet another fabulous victory.

My morning was spent doing yard chores that I really didn't expect to be able to do this late in the year. Lawnmower running, headphones on and maybe me singing along - luckily for my neighbours the noise is drowned out by the machinery.

Quiet doesn't have to be an absence of sound, for me it's an absence of thought, more precisely of worry. The only thoughts I was having was when I first heard a certain song, or what the next line was.

The simplest things can be like oil on troubled waters. I decided to start partitioning our back field for some future, as yet unspecified, use. So with string in hand I walked the width of the field, at first unbeknownst to me with a four legged companion. Our biggest dog, Rubi, loves any time outside and any opportunity to 'help' with chores. Looking at her simple pleasure I had a small pang of envy for her simple life. Someone feeds her, someone makes sure she drinks, and someone makes sure she is happy. I then realized I may well be Kate's fourth dog!

I take an interest in many things both globally and locally, but I have to say the silence of Sunday was extremely refreshing.

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Enjoy the Silence - Depeche Mode.

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