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Wednesday, 17 June 2009

500th Post

It seems incredible, but this is the 500th post since I began blogging nearly 2 years back. I started on 23 June 2007, to be exact. This was my very 1st post all those bits and bytes ago. I see that I set the 'literary walking' tone there and then! I don't want to make a big song and dance about it, but I'm quietly pleased I've got this far. I've enjoyed and continue to enjoy the whole cyber-journey.

I'm staying once more at my father's house, my old family home, and preparing it for sale. It stands in quite an isolated position, deep in the country, a mile from the nearest village, in a remote part of north-west Lincolnshire called The Isle of Axholme. It's deliciously lonely.

The picture was taken, looking westward from this house, one evening a few weeks ago.

I'd like to end with a quote I've been eyeing, magpie-like, on Graceful Yoga's excellent blog:

The church says: The body is a sin
Science says: The body is a machine
Advertising says: The body is a business
The body says: I am a fiesta

Eduardo Galeano

(Do check out the Uruguayan writer, Eduardo Galeano - he sounds really interesting, especially if you're already into South American authors like Llosa and Márquez. I must admit I'd never heard of him until encountering his name on Graceful Yoga's blog.)


gleaner said...

Congrats on your 500th Post!

At a mere 40 posts I am at the beginning of the walk into the bloggy terrain so I'm sure there is much more I will discover if I get to signpost 500, although I may take my time and stop of at a few campsites on the way.

Interesting to read your link and the Dutchman responsible for land reclamation in England in the 1600s.

The-Grizzled-But-Still-Incorrigible-Scribe-Himself! said...

Congratulations, Solitary! Having reached a mere 144 posts on my own blog—which puts me barely past the toddler stage in comparison—I stand in respect-bordering-on-awe at such a feat.

Yours has long been been one of my favorite stops in the blogosphere, a destination where there's always something interesting; a delight even when we're not in total agreement about certain points. Most important, however, it's a friendly, comfortable place, written with grace and style, as well as insight and erudition, which I always enjoy visiting.

So here's to your next 500 posts, Solitary…and may the journey ahead—in both life and blogdom—follow a road of adventure and happiness!

Rachel Fox said...

Beautiful photo.

Val said...

Congrats on #500! Wow!

I love, love, love that Galeano quote -- one of my absolute favorites!

Grace said...

I was just stopping by and what a surprise to see my blog mentioned--thanks!

Congrats on the 500 posts. Two years is long time in the blog world.

am said...

Kind wishes to you on your blog anniversary as you spend time at your father's house.

Good to see your first post. I'm sure that I first discovered your blog in 2007 by way of Loren's blog. Although I haven't been leaving comments on blogs as much as I used to, I continue to read your blog with great appreciation.

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Congratulations, SW! Here's to 500 more ... Yours is one of my very favourite blogs.

I love the sky photo. 'Deliciously lonely' sounds good.

The quote is so true!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Gosh Robert - I haven't been to the Isle of Axeholme in the last fifty years. How can you bear to sell a house in such a gorgeous place? Congrats on your 500th post.

The Solitary Walker said...

Thanks for all these comments.

Weaver - I'm not sure that I can bear to sell this house. I'm in two minds.