Have fun, Dearest friend

One of the joys of blogging is the people you meet, and sometimes you can recognize them,  just because they’re special. This is one of those times. Call it an open letter.


Umm Qais - The Clouded Sun and the Watchtower

Umm Qais – The Clouded Sun and the Watchtower (Photo credit: Magh)


I think many of you know my dearest friend, Jessica Hoff of All Along the Watchtower, whose husband, known in this part of the blogosphere, as the Captain has recently returned from Afghanistan. As part of the getting reacquainted process Jessica had scheduled a romantic weekend this weekend for them. :-). Not to be outdone, The Gallant Captain, after Jess got bowled over by some idiot student and suffered a broken wrist, with some new horror stories of the NHS to go with it, managed to add a few days to the getaway so they are leaving this morning.


That unfortunately for the rest of us means that we shall have to carry on with out our wonderful chatelaine, which shan’t be easy.


But I suppose we shall have to:


Keep Calm and Carry On


Which we shall do, while awaiting their safe return to the fold with bated breath.


And in Life’s noisiest hour,
There whispers still the ceaseless Love of Thee,
The heart’s Self-solace and soliloquy.

You mould my Hopes, you fashion me within;
And to the leading Love-throb in the Heart
Thro’ all my Being, thro’ my pulse’s beat;
You lie in all my many Thoughts, like Light,
Like the fair light of Dawn, or summer Eve
On rippling Stream, or cloud-reflecting Lake.

And looking to the Heaven, that bends above you,
How oft! I bless the Lot that made me love you.

The Presence of Love
Samuel Taylor Coleridge



Have fun, my dear friends. 😉




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7 Responses to Have fun, Dearest friend

  1. giliar says:

    Take care, Jessica….and enjoy your time together!!!!


  2. Ike Jakson says:

    Thanks Nebraska

    You made my day; the words were glorious and the spirit it conveyed even more so.



  3. JessicaHof says:

    There isn’t an option for I LOVE THIS, but if there was, I’d be clicking it – thank you so much my dearest friend – what a wonderful send off. Love you, and looking forward to getting back with some tales of abroad 🙂 xx


    • It’s a fair description of how I feel. Have a great time :-)xx


  4. The Chatelaine
    By M. A. Sinclair
    19th Century

    I have built one, so have you;
    Paved with marble, domed with blue,
    Battlement and ladies’ bower,
    Donjon keep and watchman’s tower.

    I have climbed, as you have done,
    To the tower at set of sun —
    Crying from its parlous height,
    “Watchman, tell us of the night.”

    I have stolen at midnight bell,
    Like you, to the secret cell,
    Shuddering at its charnel breath —
    Left lockfast the spectre, Death.

    I have used your lure to call
    Choice guests to my golden hall:
    Rarely welcome, rarely free
    To my hospitality.

    In a glow of rosy light
    Hours, like minutes, take their flight —
    As from you they fled away,
    When, like you, I bade them stay.

    Ah! the pretty flow of wit,
    And the good hearts under it;
    While the wheels of life go round
    With a most melodious sound.

    Not a vestige anywhere
    Of our grim familiar, Care —
    Roses! from the trees of yore
    Blooming by the rivers four.

    Not a jar, and not a fret;
    Ecstasy and longing met.
    But why should I thus define —
    Is not your chateau like mine?

    Scarcely were it strange to meet
    In that magic realm so sweet,
    So! I’ll take this dreamland train
    Bound for my chateau in Spain.

    Enjoy your long, romantic weekend our Chatelaine and Captain. We await your return and many tales of your great adventures abroad.


  5. I hadn’t heard this. Have a great time Jessica, with your Captain. Take care of the broken wrist. Thanks for posting this, btw.


    • No problem on my part and I’d guess they will. 🙂


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