After days when it was either looking like rain, raining or the roads were running with water which was running down the drains before it started up again, this morning's sunrise was beautiful. It made me realise just how much the year is 'turning' as the sun rising in the East was actually shining into my sitting room window rather than into my bedroom window and I know that this evening the same will happen when the setting sun shines into the opposite corner of my sitting room window. It always catches me unawares until I suddenly notice it one day. Yes, only a fortnight before our clocks go back (Spring forward fall back as we used to say as a reminder) and our dark nights really arrive.
It would be easy to begin dreading the coming Winter with its possible lockdown retrictions at worst or semi lockdown at best as it looks at present. But we really must not let ourselves get like that - I am determined to go into November with a more cheerful frame of mind. To this aim I am trying to speak 'face to face' to at least four people each day (today it was E on the way to the hairdressers, when we walked together - she to the bus, me to the hairdresser- then H the hairdresser; we chatted behind our masks as she washed and blow dried my hair - then out on my walk M saw me coming and opened the front door so that we could chat for a while and then G my electrician who is hoping to come and fix the bell shortly). I also aim for several phone calls - today I rang M my neighbour. Her daughter's dog had an operation yesterday and she was worried about 'a lump' being cancerous. It wasn't and she was joyous as he is already recovering, then my son rang. They had been down country for his wife to have blood tests which she has to have annually - he rang when they got back home. My dear old school friend (we are the same age and have been friends since the day we started infant school (and that wasn't yesterday)) rang and we had a good reminisce. Finally the young lady who collects my medication rang and said she would collect it tomorrow for me. So you see I have had plenty of 'chat' today.
I have endeavoured to walk 'the circuit' round the estate every day for the last ten days and have only I think missed one day, when the weather was just too wet. Today when I walked round just before lunch I arrived back home and contemplated walking round again straight away as I felt so fit after my first circuit. Of course my ankles still hurt - arthritis never goes away - but I can tolerate that if I feel well. I know if we get another wet spell the tiredness will return but I am determined to keep up the Dunkirk spirit. Wish me luck!