It was such a lovely day

I received some bad news today
And it was such a lovely day

The sun shining, the sky blue, birds quieter now breeding is over, but numerous sparrows still flitting about our bushes and trees.

I received some bad news today
And it was such a lovely day

Lots to do in the garden, it gets me out in the fresh air – weeding, chopping, strimming, Kathie (being more creative) planting and encouraging.

I received some bad news today
And it was such a lovely day

I fall over – stupid idiot – somehow between re-starting the strimmer and standing up I fall over, cut my knee and rip my gardening jeans. No harm done.

I received some bad news today
And it was such a lovely day

More care is taken with the last of today’s strimming. We admire our progress today. Garden tools are tidied and put away. All done, time for lunch.

I received some bad news today
And it was such a lovely day

Kathie heads inside first but soon re-appears by the front door. “There is a phone message for you, call urgently, I didn’t catch the name.”

I received some bad news today
And it was such a lovely day

I play the message, recognise my friend’s cousin who would not normally call me, I ring back, no reply, leave a message. This will not be good. But I must wait.

I received some bad news today
And it was such a lovely day

My call is returned, it is worse than I feared. I try to take in what I am being told, say the right things, hold back the tears.

I received some bad news today
And it was such a lovely day

I recall last night, Kathie and I happily watching TV, relaxing, getting an early night, unaware of the tragedy playing out hundreds of miles away.

I received some bad news today
And it was such a lovely day

I was thinking only this morning – “It is time I rang my friend again.” I can’t now.

I received some bad news today
30 August 2020

Graham Brown

Published by Graham Brown

I am Graham Brown, author of this blog, an Englishman living in Orkney since St Magnus Day 2010. I’m married to musician, singer and songwriter Kathie Touin. I am a member of Harray & Sandwick Community Council and a Manager (committee member) of Quoyloo Old School (community centre). I volunteer with the RSPB. I was on the committee which restored Orkney’s Kitchener Memorial and created the HMS Hampshire wall. I belong to the Radio Caroline Support Group, Orkney Field Club and Orkney Heritage Society. I spent nearly 24 years at the BBC in London. Remember: One planet, don’t trash it.

10 thoughts on “It was such a lovely day

  1. So very sorry you had bad news. It doesn’t help when you think you must get in touch. Keep thinking of the happy times Graham.

  2. I know how that feels—my very favorite uncle in the whole wide world died a little over a year ago.
    I remember that day like it was yesterday….My cell phone rang and I got the message as I walked out to my car. I stopped right there and stood for while. I could hardly believe it. He was gone. We had been keeping in contact by email, and I loved his wonderful sense of humor. He did have a mild stroke several months before he died, and I told him that he did NOT have my permission to ever do that again! He laughed. I loved to hear him laugh.
    I miss him.

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