21st April 2013

“Open the windows
For, the kind breeze is celebrating the birthday of the beautiful flowers
And spring,
On each and every branches
Close to each young leaf,
Has turned on lovely candles!

All swallows have come back
Singing the lovely song of freshness

Our narrow street is filled with spring songs
And the cherry trees
Are all blossoms
To celebrate the birthday of every flower”

Fereydoon Moshiri, Believe in the Spring

This poem popped up on my twitter yesterday via a friend and I thought it very fitting for the long-awaited, beautifully sunny weekend we’ve been having. It’s amazing what some sunshine does to us!

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11th March 2012

“So I’m just sitting on the dock of the bay, watching the tide roll away. I’m just sitting on the dock of the bay, wasting time.”

Otis Redding, Sitting at the Dock of the Bay

Today was spent enjoying the spring sunshine at Southampton docks with some friends. Although Otis’ sentiments behind this song are rather morbid: “Cause I had nothing to live for and looks like nothing’s gonna come my way”, it is one of my favourite songs – it reminds me of peaceful times, of singing it (pretty badly) with my sisters and it being played in the car at 8am on the way to my aunt’s wedding on a snowy December morning. It summed today up nicely too- whiling away the time by the water.