I do a good impression of a hermit. I'm generally bad at impressions, but hermit I can do. I think I follow the cycle of the seasons too closely and tend to withdraw during the depths of winter. I'd love to do the whole hair shirt, long beard and lack of bathing thing that was dearly loved by some of the great loonies of medieval Europe, or chuck a Merlin from Mallory and disappear into the Caledonian Forest for a few good years of gibbering madness, but I just don't have enough holiday pay owing.
But Spring is each day evermore in the air, and I can feel the stirrings at a cellular level that will have me performing a spring clean that encompasses the emotional and spiritual as much as the physical.
I did the gardening on Sunday. Having a small balcony instead of acres of verdant flora makes no difference to me. I need to make things grow and therefore devote a fair amount of my limited outdoor space to as many plants as I can. The plants are like an annual clock that keeps time in a more important way than a wristwatch. Oh look, the Gardenia is flowering; we'll be late for spring if we don't hurry up. Doesn't work so well when visitors ask the time though. 'What's the time Johnny'? 'Lavender'. 'Good Lord, really? I promised the missus I'd be home by bromeliad'.
September is coming. The swimming season will begin. My family's home town of Taree used to have a festival on the first day of the swimming season seeing who could swim the width of the Manning River fastest. I want to spend as much time as I can this year swimming, walking the bush trails of the state forest, meeting friends at good pubs for lavish lunches and ice cold beers. I'm taking a French refresher course at UNSW which starts soon. It's going to be a good summer.
The other thing that has kept me busy is Fun Trivia which has proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that I have absolutely no idea when it comes the American politics, sports or television. The daily timed quizzes are very addictive, even when you don't do so well. I have an array of standard (and often incorrect) responses when it comes to the above mentioned categories. I'm much the same way that I always answer Mohamed Ali for boxing questions in Trivial Pursuit. I'm ashamed to say that I only have a 70 to 75 percent average in the Australian history and geography section, yet can fly through the Norman Conquest to the Restoration with ease. Sadly my strongest field seems to be the Simpsons.
Yep, it's time to get out more.