Spring has definitely sprung. All the countryside has come to life (plants and animals) which also means it's the beginning of 'road-kill' season. Yes, my route to work is strewn with the bodies of little birds and animals that had no concept of what a road is, never mind the Green Cross Code! Last week I was following a van that hit a large bird. Luckily, I didn't hit it too because it was knocked onto the verge in a flurry of feathers.
Yesterday, however, I was to claim my own victim in the cycle of life. A female pheasant sauntered delicately across the road from the far side and right in front of my car as if I weren't there. I attempted to avoid the collision by slowing down and willing the bird to speed up (it didn't) but, as I glanced in my mirror and saw 2 cars following me, I couldn't brake too drastically. I actually didn't feel a thing but I'm afraid to say the pheasant probably did because I saw the same tell-tale flurry of feathers in my rear-view mirror! :-(
Now onto more pleasant things!! On Saturday morning, before going on to my quilting club, I called in at a Coffee Morning and Craft sale in the village with my mother. We spent a pleasant hour browsing the stalls, buying homemade cakes and raffle tickets, drinking coffee and chatting. When I got home later, I found out I'd won this wonderful food hamper!
The Book a Cook evening I mentioned last time was great fun but not what I was expecting. I thought it was a going to be a group of ladies enjoying a chat with a chef brought in to do all the work. Instead, it was at the home of the Cook and was in fact a demonstration of cooking various dishes which we got to eat afterwards!!
Before I go I must tell you about my Indian Head Massage experience. (It was actually on my way there that I murdered the pheasant so I was in dire need of relaxation by then!). I was met at the door by a lovely lady called Lorraine who's relaxed manner immediately put me at ease. Sitting on a chair having a complete stranger massage my shoulders and neck with scented oils was a new experience for me. It took me a good few moments to get over my uneasiness but I soon drifted into a trance-like state and began to enjoy the experience.
Although I was relaxed, my mind was whirling with thoughts such as, 'I wonder if anyone has ever dropped off to sleep and fallen off the chair' and 'Will Lorraine be offended that I am not relaxed enough if I scratch my nose?' and 'If I open my eyes, can she see me in the mirror on the wall opposite?' I didn't do any of those things because, although I could think it, I couldn't actually do it - or anything in fact, until it was over.
Immediately I stood up I could tell that the tension had gone from my shoulders and for the rest of the evening I felt lighter than usual (not in weight - in spirit)! I will definitely be going back again and I think I'll benefit more next time because I'll know what to expect.
Bye for now