I had a couple of dizzy spells during the weekend. I didn’t, and don’t, feel unwell, so maybe the dizziness was caused by insufficient fluid intake or, perhaps, it was my body telling me to put my feet up for a while. I was going to say “telling me to slow down” but I don’t go very fast anyway .If I went any slower I would come to a stand still. However, in my slow way, I potter around a great deal and rarely sit down except for meals or when I am driving.
To appease the Gods of Dizzy, on Saturday I had a rest on the sofa which the dog thought was wonderful. “Yay, she’s sitting still. We can snuggle” seemed to be the message from a delighted pooch. Yesterday, I went to the hairdresser where I had a lovely sit down for 30 minutes. And, today, I am forcing myself to sit down at the computer. Usually, I stand to work at the computer. Why? Bad habits, I suppose. And it’s easier to multi task that way.
So, although I am feeling fine and undizzy today, I do feel in need of quiet and one thing that says quiet to me is this photo that I took, last year, in my pre-blogging days. In the photo, you can see a small breakfast set that I have had for more than 30 years. (It’s been with me longer than my husband!) Why does this say “quiet” to me on this day? I am not sure. Is it the design, the colours, the shapes or the associations? Or all of these things?
The set certainly takes me back to a time, and a place, where putting up your feet and having a relaxing daytime nap were considered a normal part of a lady’s daily routine. Memories of my colonial childhood in the tropics are full of images of mothers (not mine!) who were not to be disturbed during their afternoon siesta. Children were required to play quietly. That might have been boring, but we soon realised that quietly didn’t have to be synonymous with staying out of mischief. Although we were well-behaved, most of the time. I can only remember being told off once for being too noisy and disturbing a napping mother. And it really wasn’t my fault, it was my friend’s! 🙂
And that is all I will write because today is for quiet moments and memories and contemplation.
China note: The pattern is Mayflower and the china is made by Figgio of Norway.