I’m just back from another excellent trip to Inverness. Jamie was on good form, as were the ever-present Graham and Michael.

I find it’s great to have a break from routine from time to time. In the normal run of things, I live a fairly ordered life. I get up at the same time every day. I go to work. I eat meals at certain prescribed times. These events are like the teeth of some chronological ratchet, reminding me that time ticks irreversibly forwards.

It all comes apart in Inverness. Time doesn’t have any meaning there. Hardly anything changes, year in, year out. The empty pizza-box pressed into service as a mousemat during one of my visits remained in this new role for years. It was only discarded when Jamie’s room was redecorated, a startling change precipitated only by the collapse of his entire ceiling. Each new visit sees an extra layer of dust on his possessions, but little else.

The little daily milestones of time become fluid. One can follow one’s whims completely. It is most refreshing. Events are not compartmentalised, but blur into one another in a way that is quite soothing. Even sleeping and waking are quite hard to tell apart.

There were so many interesting things watched, listened to, discussed. I’ll probably share them at some point.

In closing, I thought I’d refer to the total lunar eclipse observed on Saturday night. By the time we managed to stumble outside, it was all over bar the shouting. Still, here’s a picture of what it might have been like. The moon in the picture is the actual moon involved in the eclipse, but on a different occasion.


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4 Comments on “Inverness”

  1. Jamie Says:

    Glad you enjoyed yourself, was nice having you! I erased all indications of your presence the moment your arse was out the door so now no-one would ever know you were here. Which is of course as it should be, at least until your ungainly form darkens my doorway the next time.

    Like what you did with the pics btw.


  2. Doug Says:

    Thank you. Your picture affords the world an enticing glimpse up your capacious nostrils.

    Hands has a world-weary look about him in the picture top-left. I wonder why that could be.

  3. Pattie Says:

    So you got the total lunar eclipse… it was only partial from our part of the world.

  4. Doug Says:

    Well, I’m told we got it. By the time we got outside, it more-or-less looked like the moon again.

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