Sunday afternoon…matinee idle


There’s a narcotic, suffocating silence, like being deaf inside a reverberating bell, that heralds the occulting eyelids which, on occasion, accompany my efforts to read in front of a roaring fire on a wet Sunday afternoon. My eyelids are exhausted: that’s the problem. My eyes would be quite happy to continue tracking back and forth across the rows of precise black marks on the white paper but my eyelids have had enough. They seem to have put on so much weight. As the lids slide downwards, closing out the light, so my brain theatre opens for a matinée. The play is as abstract and as full of wonder as ever but strangely forgettable. My eyelids slide open for a short interval while I’m still deeply engaged in the performance but the details stay behind the lids whilst the open eyes struggle to understand the blurred, but faintly familiar, hieroglyphics that have appeared before them: and that particular piece of theatre is lost forever. Perfect Sunday afternoon.

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Photographer and film maker living in France. After a long career in London, my wife and I have settled in the Vendee, where we run residential digital photography courses with a strong gastronomic flavour.
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30 Responses to Sunday afternoon…matinee idle

  1. Sally says:

    And I thought it was just me….!

  2. I experienced this very thing twice today. Uh, are you watching me?
    Again, such a wonder with words for the simple moments of life.

  3. Haha. Eff yes my friend!

  4. Eha says:

    . . . and the lunch tasted good and there was that little extra wine in the bottle . . . .

  5. fransiweinstein says:

    Yes, sometimes there is something to be said for a rainy day 🙂

  6. It must be a French thing. We had brunch with our French friend Nico and both wound up asleep when we got home.

  7. catterel says:

    So perfectly described – thank you 🙂

  8. margaret21 says:

    Glad to hear that winter-in-May still rules on occasion in France too.

  9. EllaDee says:

    In that perfect place between not quite asleep and not quite awake. Lovely.

  10. Eyelids that have put on weight – what a brilliant image!

  11. Misky says:

    I’ve started doing this after the evening meal. I’m quite okay with growing old – but the ageing nonsense is not amusing.

  12. I fall asleep reading all the time. It all depends on how “comfy” the chair is, in my experience.

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