Friday, 18 May 2012

The Bat Scale Of Oddity



Sleep is a heavy tide, pulling at my ankles. Walk along through the day, like a long stroll on a long beach under an overcast sky, strong water sucking the sand from underfoot. This anxiety fluttering inside is difficult to categorise. It reminds me of two things: stage fright, and larvae.
It doesn’t stop me loving the first time I see Baby trying on my shoes- rainbowed sequined lace ups. She chews one cerise lace, admiring bumpy sparkles. We have lunch together, she practises her spoon work. She holds both ends to stop the food falling off.

Back at Rosehill, the smoke alarms are going crazy. There is no smoke: the rats have stripped the wires causing short outs. Messages are dispatched to Farmer Landlord and the electrician. Annoying, but fairly average for a Rosehill drama. I can sit and write with a scarf wrapped over my ears.
This anxious thing is my distraction.
Once, not being particularly regular with my housekeeping, I swept the bedroom floor and found a dead bat under the bed. I kept it, in a flowerpot on the kitchen windowsill, where it still is, because it just gets more desiccated, and I don’t know how, when the house is so damp. This anxiety is every bit as strange as the bat, and, therefore, of compelling fascination. 
Mr removes the alarms, as advised by the electrician. 
It does occur to me that there might be somewhere easier to live than here. 



4 comments:

  1. Yeah, there might be lots of places "easier" to live, but I'm not sure you could find a place with nearly as much personality. And just think of all the unique stuff you find to write about there. Happy weekend.

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  2. It's the view and the stories that keep us here- and the landlord's mortgage foreclosure that will move us on- luckily we live in a strange place so should be able to find another weird home! Happy weekend SFS :-)

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  3. I am so hoping for you guys, Lily! Another home full of personality--with a view, and sheds. :-) And without the issues that have plagued where you live now. Even so, your posts have been entertaining because of your optimistic approach to life. :-)

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  4. We do have entertainment value here! But yes, a few less troubles would be welcome :-)

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