Sunday, 27 September 2015

Wayfarers All

Illustration by Arthur Rackham for the chapter 'Wayfarers All', in 'The Wind in the Willows'

 "And you, you will come too, young brother; for the days pass and never return, and the South still waits for you.  Take the Adventure, heed the call, now ere the irrevocable moment passes! 'Tis but a banging of the door behind you, a blithesome step forward, and you are out of the old life and into the new!" Wayfarers All, 'The Wind in the Willows'.

We are missing our young people here.  One back at university, and one just left for a year in New Zealand.  No more clutter of shoes in the hall.  So many things that tug at the parental heartstrings, but of course they have to leave and take that 'blithesome step'.

Still, they do leave some things behind - and quite large things at that. 

We are custodians of the harp in a university year that's going to be too busy for much playing.  I'll have to remember to dust it (very) occasionally, in line with my approach to dusting in general. 


  1. Yeah, although my kids have been out of the nest for a few years now, there's still reminders of them all over my house (they never seem to take all of their stuff!)

  2. Ooh, I can't imagine this stage, but I guess it will be here all too soon. I don't want to think about it yet! Hope you are ok x

  3. I enjoy harp music. As a child I had a music teacher who played the harp. She would bring it to school and play for us. Great memories.

  4. A harp is a very big thing to leave behind!

  5. It must be hard to see them stretch their wings and fly away for a little while. No doubt they will have many happy adventures. What a beautiful harp. Maybe you could take up playing it while it's vacant? CJ xx

  6. Ha ha - wouldn't want you to overdo it with the dusting, that would be a bad sign. It must be hard to have them away, and so far away. Missing someone is such a distinct ache. But you can also rejoice that they are so able, and enjoying life.

  7. I'd love to own a Harp even though we can't play it! It is just so beautiful. Features a lot in Delius and Wagner.



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