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Winter Rest...

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A friend recently sent me a link to this wonderful article on the excellent blog, Writer Unboxed. It really resonated with me and reflected something true for the season, I think, which we tend to overlook. As ever, we should be taking our cues from Nature rather than our crazy hyped-up and currently rather unhealthy human society...

Here is the article for those of you who are interested in the idea of allowing our creative side to lie fallow for a season and embrace it.


Winter Rest


All our best wishes from Cafe Aphra for this Christmas season and the end of 2017.








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Brexit Saved Me by Joy Manné

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It’s an English party, on the remote island where we winter, and most of the guests are retired, like us. Our hostess greets us at the front door. In the living room, with its Persian carpets and paintings by talented imitators of Monet, our host encourages us to take a glass of wine. ‘So sorry you’ve been ill. I was ill too, you know. It lasted ten days. Flu.’

‘Laryngitis. I can’t remember the last time--.’

‘I’m never ill either. Champagne?’

He steers us to their long terrace.

It’s standing time; mulling time; drifting from group to group time; talking about the weather time; performing oneself time; sizing up and deciding who it’s worth spending longer with when we sit down to dine. As always the men and women keep apart until they have drunk enough. An exclusive group of men sit on toffee-colour cane arm-chairs at the further end of the terrace. One has even been an ambassador. The less important men gather in groups scattered along the terrace away from the VIP’s. What do retired me…

A little bit of winter motivation...

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And our personal Cafe Aphra favourite...




Heart's Desire by Claire Macrae

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The summer of her tenth birthday, Lucie’s family went to live in the woods.

It was her dad’s choice. Living somewhere beautiful was his heart’s desire, and Lucie’s too. She wanted Narnia, and this looked almost right. 
Her parents tried hard to make the house decent. An old man and his son had lived there before. The son was grown up, but he had a Condition. When the old man died, the son was taken away, Lucie didn’t know where. When she found out that her bedroom had been his, she was scared. Supposing he hadn’t really gone? Or only out through the wardrobe, into the woods. If he’d done that, he could come back. At night she lay taut and silent, listening for warning sounds: footsteps, the clink of hangers, his hands peeling a path through her clothes. 
She wished she could share a room with one of her sisters, but they wouldn’t have had that. They were both much older and Susan-ish; they didn’t want to live in the woods. They missed their friends, and shops, and places to go.
Too soon, …

My Desires by P.E. Cuberos

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My desires are golden butterflies that I trap
in the cobwebs of my wisdom.

My desires,
blossom, ripen, swell, explode.
The seasons of my heart,
raspberry crests on the tips of my breasts


My desires,
sailors sailing to the magical cave,
in the depths of the rippling of the waves of my legs.


The singing of the sirens pulls and calls
to drop in and dive down
to deep and depth explore.


My desires
Wings that tickle with soft whispering tongues
My velvet-silk skin


Butterflies have a brief life
Raspberries rot
Sailors drown
Skin,
grows old.



by P. E. Cuberos