Writer in Residence – And to bring the party to a close – Home Thoughts From Abroad by Paul Andruss

Paul Andruss takes his role of Writer in Residence very seriously thank goodness, and he did an amazing job with the pre-party preparation.



Now it is time to start the clear up and gather up the remaining guests who are lingering in the garden, for a final dance and fond farewells… you know some people they never know when to leave!

Paul has a few words he would like to share and I would like to add my thanks to all of you who turned up and shared your music favourites, food, links and alcohol.. always graefully received.. now over to the scribe.

Home Thoughts From Abroad

…And now pop-pickers!

Eh! Eh! Eh! I’m not deaf you know!

What do you mean, who put you in charge of the disco?

The way I sing just be grateful it’s not a karaoke machine!

It’s almost the end of the party and time to get emotional and a little reflective. So grab your partner and dance so close it’s like your life depended on it. And if your partner is no longer here, don’t be ashamed to dance by yourself and whisper all your thoughts, as if you were whispering in their ear.

This beautiful love song of longing, regret and hope, evokes the great romantic poets of the 18th century: Byron, Shelly, Keats, and of course Robert Browning who famously wrote the original poem that begins…

Oh, to be in England
Now that April’s there,
And whoever wakes in England
Sees, some morning, unaware…

Home Thoughts From Abroad by Clifford T Ward

I could be a millionaire if I had the money
I could own a mansion, no I don’t think I’d like that
But I might write a song that makes you laugh, now that would be funny
And you could tell your friends in England you’d like that
But now I’ve chosen aeroplanes and boats to come between us
And a line or two on paper wouldn’t go amiss
How is Worcestershire?
Is it still the same between us?
Do you still use television to send you fast asleep?
Can you last another week?
Does the cistern still leak?
Or have you found a man to mend it?
Oh, and by the way, how’s your broken heart?
Is that mended too?
I miss you
I miss you,
I really do.

I’ve been reading Browning, Keats and William Wordsworth
And they all seem to be saying the same thing for me
Well I like the words they use, and I like the way they use them
You know, Home Thoughts From Abroad is such a beautiful poem
And I know how Robert Browning must have felt
‘Cause I’m feeling the same way about you
Wondering what you’re doing and if you need some help
Do I still occupy your mind?
Am I being so unkind?
Do you find it very lonely
Or have you found someone to laugh with?
Oh, and by the way, are you laughing now?
‘Cause I’m not,
I miss you
I miss you,
I really do.
I really do.

Clifford T Ward (1944 –2001) was a British singer-songwriter who became a teacher after deciding he better get a proper job to support his family. He wrote Home Thoughts From Abroad before he trained as a teacher while touring US Army Bases in France with his band. As he famously said in one of his concerts, ‘This is a song I wrote for my missus while working abroad.’

In 1987 Ward was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and cared for at home by his ‘missus’ Pat. In 1995 he recorded his last album, even though he on some days he had to crawl on his hands and knees into the recording studio. In 2001, Ward died in Kidderminster Hospital of pneumonia aggravated by his condition. He was 57.

Here is Clifford T. Ward with Gaye and you can buy his albums: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Clifford-T.-Ward/e/B002E4LGPI

Thank you Paul for bringing the party to a close in such a wonderful way and thank you all for dropping in and sharing this weekend’s rave with us.

Thomas the Rhymer Finn Mac Cool

You can find out more about Paul and read all the posts so far: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/writer-in-residence-writer-paul-andruss/

110 thoughts on “Writer in Residence – And to bring the party to a close – Home Thoughts From Abroad by Paul Andruss

  1. Is it over? I had a dr’s apt and rushed back to check on the goings on and it’s over? sniffle. Well I had a great time. Will check n later to see if anyone is still here draining the Margarita jug. I met new friends, talked to old friends, bought some great books and had a wonderful time. Sally –you’re the best!!

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  2. It was a lovely idea to include Gaye into the post Sally… the man had such a way with words. Thank you for the brilliant party: a celebration of the prodigious amount of talent surrounding us and true celebration of togetherness… Can’t think a better way to draw summer to a close and welcome the dawning season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. Bless you Paul X

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  4. I am reminded of the end of the old Micky Mouse show, “Now it’s time to say goodbye to all our family …” Super party. A great time was had by all and thanks for all your hard work making it happen. I’m usually part of the clean-up crew, and this party seems no exception. Tink’s here too somewhere – off trying to locate the other dogs. He volunteers to make sure that no food remains – but don’t count on his help with the dishes.

    Home Thoughts was new to me (as was the artist) — thanks for sharing, Sally and Paul. I loved the piano background especially, and the fact that I could understand every single word, even before I saw that you had reproduced them below. Ditto Gaye. Sorry to read that Ward battled MS and that he left us so early.

    Link to my own post today below, “Impulsivity & Anger: Don’t Believe Everything You Think (Managing the gap between impulse and reaction on the way to putting a lid on ‘Response Hyperactivity’)” The end of the post may send a few more folks over to help clean up (especially what’s left of the food and drink – lol – so wait a while before you pack it all away).

    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to transform a world!”

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  5. What a beautiful way to close this grand party Paul. I had a blast. I mostly hung out in the Facebook room, where incidentally, I didn’t see you, lol. My goodness we went through a lot of booze in that room, and wore out a few pairs of dance shoes too. A fab way to end summer guys! Big hugs! ❤

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    • Debby, I am ashamed to say that I am not that good on facebook. I find it overwhelms me a bit- I know it sounds terribly pathetic but it’s the truth! Sorry I missed you there though Px

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      • Paul, we are of like minds there. The “new” FB format drives me crazy(er). So the fact that you aren’t “good on FB” doesn’t sound pathetic to ME at all. lol I’m relieved I’m not the only blogger I know who doesn’t play on that field much. ::clinking glasses and toasting to US!::

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      • Thanks Madelyn…I have come to the sad realisation that I am still as crap at parties at 60 as I was at 16! And It’s not the new FB format to be honest I was rubbish with the old one too!! But thanks for the kind words. A trouble shared as they say!

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      • No worries Paul. There was plenty going on here as well. At least you were manning this station instead of getting dizzy going back and forth to the 2 party rooms. 🙂 c

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  7. Great party, Sally. wonderful being able to mingle amongst new and old friends. Thank you, Paul for the music and all the others who provided tunes for us, and to all the foodies that provided delicious treats and of course the libations. I didn’t do too much dancing but my feet did, I also probably gained about five pounds or so, more on the so side. The trip across the pond was well worth the joy of meeting up with all of you. Thank you for your hospitality, Sally, can I help with the cleanup? Hey, Micki don’t leave without me. Take care all, it was wonderful to meet all of you.

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