Why is it that the newspapers - the Tabloids in particular (yes I am prejudiced) - always have to hit on a doom and gloom headline rather than choosing something cheery? This is especially true in mid-Winter. As I queued at the checkout of our local supermarket this morning with my top up groceries for the week-end, I was facing the newspaper racks and every paper had something along the lines of "The Big Freeze is Coming!!" or "Ice and Snow set to hit the UK by the Week-end". Outside the sun shone as it has been doing all the week and the weather was really lovely for early January.Tess and I have enjoyed some of the best walks for a long time in almost perfect conditions. Alright, maybe things will change by tomorrow and the world will be white, but we shall know that when we open the curtains in the morning, without being forwarned by the newspapers.
Having our coffee in The Golden Lion brought a much happier touch to the morning. One friend, E, who happens to be allergic to chocolate, brought some of her Christmas chocolates to share as we had our coffee. And another friend, W, bought us all a bunch of daffodil buds - that real harbinger of Spring to come, even if it is a long way off. Which made us feel better - the newspaper headlines or the chocolates and daffodils? Do I need to even ask the question?
We need to keep a positive outlook on life to get us through the Winter and even a small amount of doom and gloom can plunge some folk into the slough of despond - so I for one am making a determined effort to keep cheerful - especially after my visit to the Specialist yesterday. He was very hopeful and has referred me to a Cardiologist to look into having a 24 hour heart monitor as a start to the investigations. Other than that I shall continue as normal apart from no longer being able to drive. But the farmer is wonderful for ferrying me around, bless his heart.
He took me to see friend M this afternoon. M has been recently widowed and her family have been absolutely wonderful to her. She should be very proud of the way they have all rallied round and given her their support. Now, after a month, she is on her own during the week and is doing very well, with lots of friends and neighbours calling in to see how she is. If you are reading this M - well done - it was lovely to see you looking so well.
On the way back from my walk with Tess I found that the aconites in my garden are out now, as is the bush (I have forgotten its name) by the front door - two more signs of Spring to come.