Sunday, 29 March 2020


As I arose this morning I looked out of the window and saw flakes of snow in the air.

Fortunately they were small and few in number and soon gave way to sunshine, but seeing them reminded me how fickle the weather can be.

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Delayed Enlightenment

About seven years ago I bought a tablet computer more out of curiosity than need. I bought a fairly cheap one; paying about £70 so far as I can remember.

It could do lots of things, but the accompanying instructions were so scanty as to be almost negligible. In particular there was no indication of how one might delete something, and there was a lot that I wanted to delete. The device came with a library of e-books, most of them in Russian or other Slavic languages.

Today I investigated the device again, searching the web for instructions, and got to the point of being able to conjure up a 'delete' button, but for a while I couldn't get it to do anything, until I discovered that while pressing the button just once achieved nothing however long I pressed, two short presses conjured up a menu offering deletion as an option. I no longer have Russian books on my tablet!!

Monday, 23 March 2020

I Am Alive and Well

The health crisis has reached a stage where people will begin to check who is still alive.

To save people the trouble of asking , I declare that I'm alive and well. We've found a milkman who delivers milk, bread butter, eggs, bacon and other essentials three times per week, so we should be able to survive without needing to eat the cat, though I'd rather starve than do that.

I post here quite frequently. I shan't mention my health in every post, but assume I'm well if I post without saying otherwise.

Sunday, 22 March 2020

A Small Horticultural Trumph

Usually people dig up their wallflower plants once they've finished flowering. Last year I didn't. Instead I cut off the old flowering stems, and any other straggly bits and let the plants stay where they were.

 They all survived the Winter as healthy compact little shrubs and are now flowering profusely.

Saturday, 21 March 2020

A Sign of Spring

Today I dried my washing on the washing line in the garden. It was the first time I've done that this year. Until now the few weekends that weren't wet were so windy that I feared that anything I put on the line would blow away and end up wrapped around someone's chimney stack.

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

A Sinister Sight

When I was out shopping today I saw someone wearing a white face mask. It looked very uncomfortable. That was the first time I've ever seen anyone wearing a face mask in the street, though builders have worn them while doing dusty work around the house. I hope the wearing of such things while shopping  doesn't become a custom one is expected to follow.

Saturday, 7 March 2020

Shopping in the Sunshine

Today I set out for the shops wrapped in my Winter clothes, but soon felt so warm I removed my scarf and left my overcoat buttons undone. It was an agreeable foretaste of Spring.

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

A Redundant Reference Book

A new telephone directory arrived recently. As I threw away the old one I realised I'd never used it, or any of its recent predecessors. On the rare occasions I need a telephone number I get it from the Internet.

How our habits have changed!!