Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Moments away from holiday

We're going away. To the country. Next week. To get there we will mount the silver-winged unicorn and she will carry us gently away from The City Beneath the Mountain, with her fast cars and fumes, bright lights and loud people. Through the dark tunnel where gnomes mine for precious gems we'll travel and out the other side to unpolluted blue skies and fresh air, the mountains towering above us, watching as we trot along the narrow black strip at their feet.

And then toward the gentler, greener, hills, vineyards dotted about (and hopefully a donkey or two) toward the big brown river that meanders through, creating an emerald landscape. On the banks of that river, our silver-winged unicorn will come to a stop and it is there, in that peaceful place, that we will rest. For the better part of a week. No internet access, intermittent cell-phone reception, and oodles and oodles of air.

A place to read, to write, to breathe and think. To look up at the stars, an uninterrupted upside-down paint-by-numbers, no city lights to dull it. A fireplace to stare into, not just at night, but at 10am, if we feel like it. And with a glass of red wine too, if it takes our fancy. It is only just coming in time, before I murder a colleague or jump out of my fifth floor Ivory Tower window myself. A holiday. Away.

Is it obvious that I can't wait?


Miranda said...

ooooh ooooh have fun! Will miss you. xxx

Angela said...

Take some carrots for the silver-winged unicorn. They love carrots. It will be an unforgettable holiday, and only a few days to wait! Don`t murder a colleague before, or you`ll miss it!

Anonymous said...

Have a wonderful time Shiny, and stroke some velvet donkey noses for me!!

family Affairs said...

I hope you had a totally wonderful time Lx

allie said...

The mere thought of a holiday brings your poet out to play :-)

Shiny said...

Thank you all! I had a wonderful time, stories to come xx