Work, Life and Balance

That Calvinist streak in me is having a feeding frenzy right now. My twisted psyche demanded a guilt-laden price tag for six weeks of bliss. But despite the last month being about getting up to speed with this new job it’s not all been about work. Taking time off has reminded me how important friends are. A diary of promises and engagements made during my holidays has meant it’s taken time for the work life balance to level itself out. There have been lots of great meetings and greetings with mates and colleagues but what follows is some pictorial evidence of  the importance of friends and family.

Steph, Toni, Linden and John at the Lauriston

Steph, Toni, Linden and John at the Lauriston

At the start of the month I had a night out in Victoria Park that was supposed to be a quiet drink with my brother-in-law, Rob. Instead I ended up meeting so many old friends I felt more than a tad nostalgic. It is nostalgia that leads to a loss of balance, third degree burns to your leg and an inside out head, isn’t it?

Ben, Jen, Ayumi and the best Sushi ever.

Ben, Jen, Ayumi and the best Sushi ever.

As a more civilised antidote to the madness of Vicky Park, Jen and I had a brilliant night out at Ben and Ayumi’s where we had the best sushi we have ever eaten, by far.

Barvas break on the weekend of Macly's birthday.

Barvas break on the weekend of Malcy's birthday

Highlight of the month has to be flying up to the Hebrides to Malcy’s 60th birthday party. Malcy is one of my oldest pals and fellow founder of An Lanntair art centre where his party was held. Despite the horrendous weather outside, inside I was reminded of how many good friends I have from my time in Lewis.

Sam and Malcy, finding sense in the years.

Sam and Malcy, finding sense in the years.

Be it pain avoidance, wisdom or appreciation of family, I managed to make a relatively sensible exit, which wasn’t in keeping with our past record for long nights. I knew that my grandson Drew and my daughter Laura would harbour no excuses the following day and I was right. Drew jumped on my head from the top bunk at seven in the morning, and I gave thanks at the altar of common sense.

Drew in the wind

Drew in the wind

From old friends to new friends. Mikael Strandberg is one of the world’s leading explorers and has been on some madcap expeditions in his time. However his latest plan to become the first person on record to walk unaided across the Arabian and Sahara deserts puts all his previous exploits in the shade (pardon the pun).

Mikael Strandberg prepares for his desert crossing

Mikael Strandberg prepares for his desert crossing

Jen and I saw him talk this week in the library of The Travellers Club on the Pall Mall. Now there’s posh! Surrounded by dusty first editions of  Thackery, Dickens, Thesiger and shelfloads more, Mikael held the slightly worn travellers in thrall. He is an amazing speaker and a very brave man.

The moment in March when Clare, (right) and Marc told us they were expecting

The moment in Ludlow in March when Clare, (right) and Marc told us they were expecting

Stop the press, I’ve just heard that Marc and Clare our friends in Brighton have just introduced little Zac Tyler into the world. Fantastic and news, and another new friend.

Clare and Marc in March.

Clare and Marc on Ludlow bridge seven months ago

3 responses to Work, Life and Balance

  1. Even mentioning the word ‘nostalgia’ brings that ‘far away look’ to my eye!
    Thinking fondly of those nights around the chiminea with you & Wifey.
    Like your blog Mister!

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