Solstice, solitude and socialising


Today marks the Summer Solstice. For the first time in quite a while I had the opportunity to catch up with some good friends after a long period of social distancing and isolation. I found myself reflecting on the nature of social relationships and their importance. In particular, the roles of talking, listening and just ‘being’ with others.

Sunrise! Or Sunset? Either way, it looks a beautiful day. Picture taken by Jonathan Petersson, http://www.grizzlybear.se/free-photos-large/806.jpg
Sunrise! Or Sunset? Either way, it looks a beautiful day. Picture taken by Jonathan Petersson, http://www.grizzlybear.se/free-photos-large/806.jpg
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Tasting Notes: Seedlip Garden 108, an alcohol-free spirit

If you’re staying off alcohol for whatever reason, the options in restaurants and pubs are usually quite poor: single note, sugar-packed acidic drinks like Coke or fruit juice. I’ve been investigating alternatives, and Seedlip Garden 108 was one of the most interesting.

Seedlip and Elderflower tonic, with lime and Juniper berries
Seedlip and Elderflower tonic, with lime and Juniper berries

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On not drinking

I stopped drinking a while back, mostly. I had a couple of G&Ts over Xmas with some family, and maybe a single glass of wine on other occasions, but other than that I generally avoid it nowadays. As I started to develop other areas of my life, I found drinking alcohol was making me feel crappy, mentally, emotionally and physically. So I just stopped (with that very rare exception of a glass of wine with family at Xmas or other events). Here’s what I found.

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Back to it…

Back into developing my skillset now, and thoroughly enjoying picking new things up. In the last 12 months I’ve started working with node-webkit (I was looking for a way of knocking up small HTML/Javascript desktop apps that would work across Linux and Windows now that adobe’s killed off Air for Linux), as well as Bootstrap and SASS.

It’s the thing I love about web development: it keeps you busy and there are always many more things to learn.

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