Tuesday, 10 September 2019


Not a bad day - coolish but fine and with a light breeze.   I am feeling more or less back to normal - but not quite.   I don't feel quite 'of this world' - a strange feeling which I h ope will soon go off as I don't find it at all pleasant.

I went into town as usual - today is the day I stock up on any shopping I need.   Strawberries from Scotland (Angus) are still available and still as delicious as ever.    I don't think I ever remember such a long season.   So it is strawberries for tea again tonight.   Lunch was sausage, onion and apple cooked in my Remoska and it was delicious too.   Runner beans from a friend's garden and the first of the sprouts made up my plateful - I have certainly got my appetite back so that's a start.

There have been programmes on over the week-end about the start of the Second World War- eighty years ago. I watched them - of course I remember it well - I was seven when it started.   But I am not sure whether I really want to go over it all again.   Is it important that we see the devastation, the bombing, that we bring it all back into our minds or would it be better if we forget it?
I really am not sure in my mind what difference it makes to our thinking to see it all over again.   My friend and I were saying yesterday how well our parents protected us from the worst of it.   We lived in areas where it was not quite as subject to bombing and certainly where I lived we weren't evacuated, rather we accepted evacuees to live with us.  But I don't remember ever being afraid.
After eighty years let's just hope it never happens again.


Derek Faulkner said...

I imagine that the Scottish strawberries are grown in poly-tunnels, same as they are down here - and sprouts in September, before they've been frosted - whatever happened to seasons!
After a wet and cold day yesterday, today has been a lovely day with warm sunshine and blue skies until mid-afternoon when cloud rolled in. Very warm and sunny weather forecast for the next several days - joy!

Gwil W said...

Pleased you've got your appetite back. That's a sure sign of going the right way.

The next wars will be fought with drones and computers and weapons in space. The most powerful will just cut off the power grids and bugger up communications systems of the enemies and do their own thing. Rockets armed with atomic bombs will either explode on the launch pads or fall on their own people shortly after they get airborne.

And I'm not sure if I read it somewhere in the last few months that scientists were trying to clone humans. Maybe they already have whole armies of baby psychopaths. They'd just need to mature to 19 and find a cause and somebody to tell them what to do. Mrs G said she'd read that Soros was going to start a radio station in Europe so for example that might help promulgate the new normal. Jihad will be Enid Blyton compared to what could be unleashed.

In Austria today somebody in the business world said on the news they should have English as an Austrian official language. He was speaking for young entrepreneurs and talking about 'start ups'. Maybe that's an idea of a positive way forward. At least here in Europe.

EM Griffith said...

Glad you're feeling better and have some appetite back. The strawberries sound delicious. We've been eating them while in season here (California). Strawberries are on my daily gratitude list lately; I make a point of writing down at least 3 things each day I'm grateful for.

Tomorrow is 9/11. TV will be filled with replays of the terror of that day. Like WWII rehashing--which I know was much different and more long lasting--I think it's important to remember but not to dwell on. Terrible things have happened everywhere in the past. News is always doom and gloom anymore, or so it seems, yet pales in comparison to worse times. When you're overwhelmed by it all, it's easy to feel disconnected. Particularly as none of it makes much sense.

So... a long winded way of saying I wish you peace of mind. I don't always comment, but read your blog every day. Another thing I'm grateful for.

Rachel Phillips said...

I wouldn't worry Weave, I frequently feel not of this world, in fact most of the time. Lovely warm day here in the east.

Simon Douglas Thompson said...

Not sure I want to be of this bloody increasingly awful world

JayCee said...

I also often feel as though I am not quite *here*. Thankfully, it doesn't usually last long though.
My parents were ony 5 years old when WW2 started and they both told me many stories about their memories of that time. My mother was evacuated from London's East End as a small child but I imagine she must have been a difficult child to accommodate, given her character as an adult. I remember stories of air raids, clambering under the kitchen table, enemy aircraft flying over the school and food rationing.
I am not sure that many young people these days have any interest in that part of our history as it is now so far removed from their family history. It is of a particular generation I feel.

Heather said...

So pleased to hear you are almost back to normal.
I was 3 when the war started. My father joined the Army and my mother and I went to live with her parents. She protected me totally from what was going on, though I was aware of bombers flying overhead to bomb London, which was only about 30 miles away.
I think we must never forget the suffering that some had to endure and the bravery of our servicemen and women, but it doesn't do any good to keep going over it all. Having said that, our youngsters should know what happened so that maybe, in their turn, they can prevent it happening again.

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Glad you are on the way to feeling better.
When I eat strawberries soon before going to sleep, I sleep better. Eat pizza instead, I'll have nightmares.

angryparsnip said...

So Happy to feel you are feeling better. Your lunch sounds wonderful
I rarely feel of this world like in a wave where I am a second off from everyone and seeing myself. It if a strange
off putting feeling. I lived most of my life like this.
Pet gud dug Tess for me.

jinxxxygirl said...

Thats why they show it Pat so the younger generations have some idea of what happened even if they didn't live thru it... that way they would be less apt to repeat it.. Hugs! deb

Joanne Noragon said...

I am astounded how few young people even know of the war in Vietnam. Or in Afghanistan. Maybe I should ask about China or Korea.

Cro Magnon said...

My sister was named after a young teacher who was pointless killed by German planes offloading unused bombs as they returned home from bombing London. A small village school probably seemed like a good target. That's as near to me as it got.

Gwil W said...

Cro, same thing happen to my grandad's brother. A coaster with a crew of six on it's way from Lincolnshire with food supplies for Gateshead was bombed by a German plane on it's way back to Germany from Belfast. Just to make sure the survivors who jumped overboard didn't drown the plane turned back and shot them all to pieces. The whole incident was witnessed by a group of locals who were picking bits of wood and lumps coal off the beach.

Gwil W said...

Cro again, they also bombed the house next door my grandad's killing the two people who lived there. I'm lucky to be here! The locals left the holes in the street and nearby fields where I think some cows were killed for many decades before they allowed them to filled in.

The Weaver of Grass said...

What a world we live in to be sure. Thank you for all the reminders and for adding words of comfort too.

the veg artist said...

I agree with those who say that these programmes should be shown so that younger people are kept aware of what happened. Joanne mentioned that young people seem unaware of the wars in Vietnam or Afghanistan - they often only get their history through films these days, and I've heard of one young person coming out of watching the film Titanic and saying "It's only a film, it would never happen."