As easy it was …

… to tell black from white
It was all that easy to tell wrong from right
And our choices they were few and the thought never hit
That the one road we traveled would ever shatter and split.

Bob Dylan’s Dream – 1963

I was first brought to the north coast of Cornwall in the 1950s.  I returned in the 1980s when the children were young and now I am back again.  The difference between the first and second visits was a lifetime, the difference between the second and third, no time at all.  Between the 1950s and 1980s I changed utterly, between the 1980s and 2017, the world around me changed while I stayed much the same. Almost everyone is gone.

A life can be wasted trying to go back.  Is it the people, the place or moments in time that always remain just out of reach, like the punishment of Tantalus.

On this first day of meteorological autumn, I allow myself the luxury of squinting into a bright setting sun and imagine everyone is here again, heading for the shoreline.  Safe, certain and watched over, what could possibly go wrong.


  1. sustainabilitea · September 2, 2017

    I just had a huge twinge (can one have a huge twinge or are they always small) of nostalgia, Robin. Thanks and happy Saturday.


    • northumbrianlight · September 3, 2017

      I think twinges can come in many shapes and sizes 🙂 Always good to hear from you – all the best, R.

  2. Tish Farrell · September 2, 2017

    Some serious reflection here, Robin. I think I’ll just sit and squint with you into that setting sun…oh, yes, and maybe sing along with Bob.

    • northumbrianlight · September 3, 2017

      Too serious probably, Tish – I stared into that sun too long 😉 Always good to sing along with Bob – how come I can remember all those lyrics but not what I did yesterday – All the best, R

      • Tish Farrell · September 3, 2017

        I have that problem too – keeping track of myself 😦

  3. Cate Franklyn · September 2, 2017

    Autumn must be on its way as it is now the time to reflect on all that we are. Wonderful post.

  4. J.D. Riso · September 3, 2017

    The melancholy nostalgia of autumn. Be careful about staring into that setting sun too long. 😉

  5. restlessjo · September 3, 2017

    Back in the ‘Bobby’ days! 🙂 🙂 Lovely shots of Cornwall, Robin. I was north in your territory today. A little grey, it has to be said.

    • northumbrianlight · September 3, 2017

      Thanks Jo – that’s some compensstion to know the NE is not basking in sunshine 😎 Cornwall was drenched today but we are hoping for an improvement tomorrow. All the best, R

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