There was a day when there were loads of folks at the beach house in Avoca that I just took myself off for some solitude.
I knew exactly where I wanted to go.
Jane had told me about seeing the preview of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
Bill doesn't go see films much, in fact I can tell you exactly which movies we've seen together: Twister (our first date), The First Wives Club, and the last two Harry Potter films.
It's no big deal as I'm not that big on paying movie theatre prices, but I knew I'd love anything with Maggie Smith and Judi Dench in it. What I didn't expect was to fall in love with the theatre itself.
It was a movie theatre, but also a pub and also an amazing shop.
Life is not about Waiting for the Storm to Pass...It is about Learning to Dance in the Rain. (Particularly in one lives in England...)
Even the loos were fun:
|Not that I went in the Gents...|
I've never seen such great ideas!
|On each of the stall doors!|
I browsed at length and then went away to buy myself brunch to fill in the time until the next showing.
Life is not Measured by the number of Breaths we take, but by the Moments that Take our Breath Away.
I had myself some salad, steak and chips at a restaurant overlooking the beach. Delicious.
My day out proved to be just the R&R I needed, away from the need to socialise, to be polite, to consider others, to do anything other than think my own thoughts in silence.
Needing occasional solitude is simply part of me, something I can't change about myself, not that I wish to.
However, I was quite excited to drag Bill back to the theatre, after everyone else had returned to Sydney and we had a couple of days to ourselves.
He loved it, too.