This morning I was missing Thomas badly....
I tried to distract myself by doing some piano practice (I've got a accompaniment job coming up in 10 days time at the Birmingham Hippodrome) but my heart wasn't really in it. So eventually I took myself off on my favourite walk by Worcester Racecourse and the River Severn.
While I was walking I made myself count my blessings.
At first it wasn't much more than "It's dry and mild.. and I'm not stuck in a classroom".
That was the best I could do for about half a mile.
Then.. "I'm so lucky to have this lovely space on my doorstep"
"I live in a city with a green heart...."
"I'm lucky that people constantly maintain the racecourse area and that it's open to everyone."
"Breaks in the clouds"
(a mile or so into the walk on the Sabrina footbridge)
"Even the old railway bridge is attractive as it crosses the river"
"I live in a really nice part of the world...."
"A river full of swans"
(the Worcester Swan sanctuary is home to many old swans who have lost their partners, and quite a few juveniles at this time of the year too)
Then I retraced my steps at speed to give myself some 'proper exercise'.
I'm still feeling a bit weepy but some fresh air definitely helped.
This afternoon I've got the distraction of several pupils, then I'm off to a Christmas concert at a local school this evening. Tomorrow I'm going to do some serious tidying up in 'the back bedroom of shame'. Then I'll be able to start organising Christmas gifts and maybe we'll both start to feel a bit more festive....