It’s Saturdays. They always make me homesick

1 Aug

Wettest July since 1888 according to last night’s weather presenter.

I must say, coming from Australia’s increasingly frightening drought, I find being in this rain…I’m not sure of the word exactly…not ‘reassuring’ not ‘comforting’ not ‘a relief’. But it’s certainly a physical and emotional response of some kind. Not that you can just swap the water from one side to the other. But just…I don’t know, I’ll think on it and see if I can explain it later on.

I got a haircut yesterday. First one since March, and a satisfyingly lovely one it is too. I’m thinking of going and buying a hairdryer so that I can keep it looking lovely. A hairdryer and one of those little round brushes.

After the haircut we went to the Rubbings Museum, then we walked home, my boys took photos of me:

From july2009

then it rained on us. We watched Spongebob Squarepants which is still weird.

In Edinburgh at the moment, there’s a million festivals on all at the same time. I was reading through the brochure for the Festival of Politics and saw the session “Annie Lennox and the SING campaign”. I am going to that for sure. She was one of those women that the teenage me adored. No, adored isn’t right. But she made me feel like you could do things. That there were things to be done. I remember one Saturday afternoon, watching a music show and there was Sisters are Doing it for Themselves.

My Mum, who would have been younger than what I am now, watched it with me. I remember that she stopped whatever it was she was doing and stood in front of the television and watched it. And she said something like, ‘They are, you know.’

I don’t know how much of my precious prepaid gigabyte I just used watching this, but more than twenty years of Saturday afternoons later, it was worth it:

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10 Responses to “It’s Saturdays. They always make me homesick”

  1. peppermintpatcher August 2, 2009 at 5:30 am #

    Very nice hair and a very green hill behind you.

  2. janet August 2, 2009 at 5:40 am #

    great hair!

    Think I know what you mean about the rain. We’ve had the odd bit lately and it feels “right.”

    I loved Annie Lennox and saw the Eurythmics in concert in the early eighties (worth putting up with simple minds who were on first for). That album was one of the first bunch I bought to play on my stereo I got for my 21st!

  3. Pen August 2, 2009 at 6:04 am #

    Great pic of the new haircut on location.

    Here’s to all the sisters.

  4. Kath Lockett August 2, 2009 at 11:50 am #

    So you had the left side shaved off entirely? As a dead-cell salute to halo-ish, fog directly above your head?

  5. ThirdCat August 2, 2009 at 11:52 am #

    You are just jealous because it is so flattering of me.

  6. Mummy Crit August 2, 2009 at 2:56 pm #

    It’s a lovely photo, winswept and cragg (the scenery, not you). I’ve been seeing that video quite a lot lately, as the default “there’s nothing on TV” option tends to be VH1 who have an ’80s at 8 slot’. Each time they show it I get a bit happy. The other day D saw it and recognised Aretha from The Blues Brothers (which he loves) and also Annie from other Eurythmics videos on VH1… Hope Edinbugh is treating you well.

  7. Stomper Girl August 2, 2009 at 4:31 pm #

    Your hair does look lovely. And you are right, our drought is frightening. Someone gave me a [purple, natch] umbrella for my birthday and it is far more likely to be used for a tapdance routine than for the purpose for which it was designed.

  8. 12 Weeks Pregnant August 2, 2009 at 7:32 pm #

    You look great, love Annie Lennox here comes the rain again seems to be specially made for Scotland.

  9. planetnomad August 2, 2009 at 11:44 pm #

    Cute haircut! I’m in southern England at the moment and today was bright and windy and cold! I’m still not as old as my mother was when I was born… I was a surprise child, born when she was in her 40s.

  10. Isabelle August 2, 2009 at 11:49 pm #

    Rain? You’re sure you’re in Edinburgh? It didn’t rain at my (Edinburgh) house today. Or in my garden, which would have been more likely.

    But yes, those do look very like Salisbury Crags behind you.

    Nice haircut and nice face too!

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