Coffee Shop #2
Spring Cafe. Uber cool and vibrant. Full of people chatting happily and saying ‘like’ a lot. Feels gentle and creative. Definitely doesn’t smell of bacon. Lots of lovely reclaimed wood for tables. My coffee of choice - Cappuccino with oat milk. Very very nice. Creamy with a bite. Already finished it so now we’ve ordered a mocha. To share. We don’t want to go too crazy on a Tuesday evening. I’m sitting in the window. Simon’s next to me. We’re both on our laptops giggling like pixies about having finally made it into a cool cafe together, to drink coffee and work on our creative endeavors. I feel like we’ve arrived.
So our babe of a car is in the garage. We’re waiting to hear whether her engine can be saved. We’re hopeful. She’s been well looked after. Luckily being in a city means we don’t need to use her. Luckily we weren’t on the way to a house-sit when she broke down (on the motorway). She was rescued by lots of lovely nice recovery people. Simon, the superstar, dealt with it all perfectly. Without stress or worry. Just gratefulness that he hadn’t needed to be anywhere urgently when it happened.
Now we wait and see. We’ve given the nice mechanics two weeks to sort her out. We’ve told them we have a time scale. We need to be in Dorset at the beginning of July. So we’re sending the Wu Bus (her nickname) lots of love and happy vibes. That she may come back to us swiftly and more healthier than ever.
This is her basking in the New Forest. She likes a peaceful sleep amongst the trees.
I’m looking out the window. Wood pigeons bounce round the garden. Feathers preened and plumed. They can’t help but chase each other off when there’s food nearby (sometimes missing out on the food in they’re protecting). Four squirrels snuffle for seed. A baby one decides how its going to get down to the others from off the shed roof. A pheasant shows up. Purple irridescence shining off him. He’s handsome and he knows it. A magpie swoops in making everyone duck for cover. Blackbirds sing, a cat meows. Finally, jackdaws enter the scene and begin their morning foraging. This is a special wildlife haven. I’m lucky to have seen all that.
Let’s get @vasta on @micromonday. He’s lovely and says the sweetest things 😊
After two coffees, it was inevitable I would go a bit crazy today. Fast forward a few hours and you’ll have found me walking in the pouring rain, smiling like a moose high on caffeine. I was so happy. No umbrella. Just me, the rain and droplets of water kissing my face.
Anyone ever been lacerated by stinging nettles? They got me all across my right ankle. I see the process as quite cleansing actually. That area definitely needs stimulating. Now I’ve got some pleasant tingling aftershock sensations. I’m rather enjoying it : )
Day 23 - was more of a working dance. I had stuff to tidy (the cleaner’s coming tomorrow!?). It’s good to know I can incorporate dance into daily routines. With or without headphones. I’ve always got dnb going round my head. It makes the mundane more fun. And I got a bit wet too.
I got my hair cut. By Johnny Scissorz. Ooo that name! I love hairdressers with Instagram accounts of their creations. It’s so useful. In the past, I’ve ended up with some weird ass haircuts in even weirder assed salons. Now at least I know what I’m getting myself into. I’m hap.
Since I’m in York. In the buzz. I’ll be frequenting coffee shops. I’ll be writing in the outside world. This is a new experience. I used to read in coffee shops. Now I write. I’ve gotta say it, I feel kinda cool. With my silver shiny Chromebook. Sipping coffee. Writing down ideas. Living my purpose. Especially now I’ve had my haircut (pics later). I always wanted to be one of those people. Working. Drinking coffee. Looking like they’ve got their creative shit together. Now here I am.
First up is Daughter Cafe. Big windows, lots of light, tasty coffee, pleasant enough. Only thing is, if I’d know I’d be breathing in the fumes of cooking bacon the whole time, I wouldn’t have stayed. It’s not my thing. So a separate kitchen or at least an open door is essential. Coolness vibe has gone down dramatically. Luckily a coffee can be drunk extremely fast where I’m concerned so I’m about to vacate into the fresh air. Byeeee.
I explored the streets of London a fair bit in my 20s. Headphones on. Listening to an amazing soundtrack. I’d walk all over the city. It was flat and even ground. The best kind for me. I’d admire fine art in the National Gallery, take in the grand architecture and bright lights of Piccadilly and get intoxicated by the retro vibe of Camden Town. I’d sit in churches and parks. I’d watch caricature artists in Leicester Square. I loved people watching. I loved being in the vibe.
Then I left. Got older. Lost my mojo. Lost my soundtrack.
Today it came back. This time walking the streets of York. I felt nostalgic. I was 20 again. There’s something special about walking in a beautiful city with the music you love. Nowhere to go. No-one to meet. Just you. Exploring. With gorgeous music and curious eyes. That’s freedom.
The dnb soundtrack energised my spirit. I’ve made a playlist with all the tracks that get me moving. That have the most exquisite melodies and beats. At points on my walk my dancing arms just had to come out to play. My dancing legs made an entrance too. Usually at traffic lights. I felt life running through this city. I’ve missed that. I lived in the countryside for a long time and used the car to get everywhere. It could be physically hard for me to walk the countryside paths too so I wasn’t into long walks over hills and valleys. I always loved the fresh air. I loved the solitude too. Up until recently.
Now I’m entering a new phase in my life. Gone are the days of being introverted. I’m no longer a she-bear, hibernating in her cave. I’m looking around. Making connections. Getting curious. Basking in the buzz. Today, just out the front door I was walking along river banks, under bridges, past geese, over cobbles. There were people and cyclists and smells and life. Half an hour later I found myself in a Yorkshire tearoom where I bought a florentine. Bonus!
So I’m breathing in this city with gratitude. The magic of the river running through it nourishes my soul. Its historic streets sing of history and stories and adventure. I’m on top of the world right now. I’m awakened. My London adventures are back V2.0. This time York style with my 39 ¾ yr old booty taking up the pace.
Day 22 - There’s familiar power now. I’m grounded and centred. I used to wobble and walk the tightrope each day. Not anymore. I’m balanced. I’ve new strength. I’m able bodied. I dance for my future. It’ll keep me alive.
Stay - Delta Heavy (Maduk remix) is the song of the hour.
Travel continued…Dad made a travel documentary of our road trip so I had to be on my best behaviour on screen. I walked down steps in boring old ruins trying to look at least midly interested. At 8 yrs old and without a playmate, this could be fairly challenging. I walked across city plazas trying to look elated when really all I wanted to do was find the ice-cream shop (obviously). So there were still many moments of looking grumpy and uncooperative with a few poked out tongues that had to be edited out. Grown ups could be sooo boring. Technologically, Dad was pretty advanced back then (1989) and carried a camcorder complete with VCR recording equipment. It must have weighed a ton. Not to mention all the wires. He was known for the amount of wires he could use at any one time.
I’m recalling a moment in St Mark’s Square, Venice where I was let loose with a bag of seed and a thousand pigeons. They were on my head, my shoulders, flapping all over me. I didn’t get pooped on thank goodness. Bonus for mum. I’m also recalling a particularly fine chocolate crepe around that area and a fun gondola ride where mum ended up buying the gondolier’s hat.
Some of my most fond travel memories link back to friends I met and connections I made along the way. I had a crush on a Dutch boy on a cruise aged ten (I can’t believe he went off with Cheryl). There was a whole gang of us who’d run round the ship causing mischief, hang out in the deserted cinema or play fruit machines in the casino during the day.
I went on a coach holiday to Spain. The coach would become a giant den for all the kids to play in and all the people would become toys to mess around with and talk to. I developed a habit of pretending to be asleep around other children on that coach. I loved tricking them. I have no idea why. It could last for what seemed like hours until I did actually end up falling asleep. Children play the funniest games with themselves. I met a four year old boy who knew the make and model of every single car we passed on the road. Back then I had no idea about cars so I found it fascinating.
I’m just remembering how forthright my mum was on that holiday too. We’d stopped at a service station and there was a huge queue for the ladies. So mum decided she wasn’t going to wait and bundled me, with her hand over my eyes, into the men’s toilets. Into a cubicle. What a woman. The men must have freaked out!
Lefkas in Greece was a place of happiness for me. Along with the fact that it had chocolate flavoured Mr Whippy ice-cream, I also had good times riding on the back of a motorbike with a local fisherman. I’ll always remember that exciting, adrenaline filled moment. Without a hemet on. Eeeek. I met a local family there, who ran a gift shop. They said I could choose anything I wanted from the shop. Bizarrly I had a premonition that this would happen the evening before. I think I was so overwhelmed that it had come true, I said they could choose for me (even though I was coveting a very 80s looking elegant white china hand holding a feathered pom pom). I got a dog dinosaw instead complete with pink wig.
I became fond of the lady who ran the clothing and jewelry shop. I would spend hours in there with her. Soula was her name. She would pretend to be the customer and I would serve her. I loved being in charge, sitting behind the counter and taking the money. I especially loved wrapping the little gifts up in little bags and sticking sellotape on them. She had a tape dispenser. I felt grown up.
Aww. Just looked out the window and saw Georgie sitting next to a squirrel having a chat. What a sweet sight.
Can’t get enough of the lil flying furry beans today. I’m surrounded by delicious herbal aromas too. Heaven is happening right here.
Since becoming more nimble and light footed I’ve wanted to do short sprints on walks. Not for long. But there’s something exhilarating about those moments, lost in the pace.
I’ve been told I have dinosaur arms when I run (The T-Rex kind). I look a bit puppety. I’ve tried making fists but it doesn’t feel right. I think I’m too much of a dancer now. Clenching my fists feels like I’m stopping energy from being released. As I run, I can’t help but open my hands and stretch my arms in all kinds of ways. I love to release energy through my fingertips.
I remember being in the gym, on the treadmill. I had a mirror in front of me and some banging tunes in my ears. I was really getting into it. I could feel my arms becoming restless. Wanting to move. Wanting to reach around their space. Before I knew it, they were in the air. I was running and pumping and bouncing my ass (and arms) off. It felt powerful.
I saw someone do this in a supermarket once. Headphones on, in the tea aisle, he must have been listening to something epic because he was dancing down that aisle like a diva. I loved his freedom to be able to do it. It made me smile. Supermarket Dance
So if you see someone in a park, running with their arms pumping the air, or their hands floating in space, that’ll be me, in my element, listening to an incredibly uplifting tune. Having it large. Feeling free.
Cheat day. 12 hrs early. I bought baklava today. There’s no way a box of baklava would remain unopen for long. We didn’t eat them all. Instead we cut little slivers off and appreciated each and every morsel. Each and every sweet flake. Now we can do it again tomorrow too yay!
What a special pond. Bursting out with life as birds sing. What a special rose. Bursting out with scent as raindrops fall.
Day 21 - I danced. I moved. I pumped my toned arms through air. I realised how much extra power I could make if I focused on putting my heels on the ground more when I bounce and move. Heels are important. I’ve never really made use of mine. I have ‘equine’ feet - walking like a horse, with little heel strike. There’s a lot of power and balance that comes from ‘planting’ on the earth, heel first. It stretches out the calve muscles and sends energy to other parts of the body. I can feel the difference it makes to my whole body now. I’m going to practise this more.
My new mirror is the glass of an elegant bookcase. I watched my body energetically flow like I was watching someone else with really cool rhythms and grooves. But it was me. I’m becoming! I felt confident in space. I didn’t wobble around like I used to on weak legs. I slowed down and explored fascia and muscle knots. I helped them relax and pop. I incorporated weights into my dance. There were some 5kg dumbbells nearby. I held them steady and honed my back and shoulder muscles. I’ve got toned strength going on in there. I’m getting me a fine sacred temple of power to live in. Yeah!
Then I ate a fish.
And my whole body sang with the nourishment it gave me. Thank you lovely fish. Thank you for helping my body to strengthen and bloom. You are part of me now. I honour you.
The song that sent me soaring, I’ve mentioned before. Friction - Freak - feat Josh Barry. His voice is smooth and full of soul and passion. And the beat makes me explode into stars.