No sun today -- but no rain either - just a nothing sort of day. We had our usual Saturday morning Zoom this morning; six of us and just a nice forty minute chat to start off the day. Then the Postlady came and had to ring my new bell as she had a parcel for me. She has been away for a while in hospital and it is lovely to have her back - she is such a cheerful soul and always has a chat and a smile. We talked about three very local people who have died recently - about their lives and how they had enjoyed them. We agreed that 'when your time is up, your time is up' and both declared we would live each day as it comes - hope you will all do the same.
After lunch (my soup maker made me a batch of carrot and lentil soup) I also had lasagne Percy and I set off on our walk - a little bit further today. I have to say I didn't feel like going today. There was no sun to warm me now and again and it was an effort to get going. But once out I enjoyed it and went a little further than I went yesterday and on the way back a friend who lives further down the road was looking out for me (she had seen me go past going down the road) and we had a ten minute socially distanced chat. I find these little chats, and these chats in blogland, such a help in these troubled times.
Saturdays are usually my least favourite days but, like last Saturday, tonight is a really great night for my tastes on BBC Four - another Francesco da Mosta programme on Venice - they are such brilliant programmes and still one more to go after this evening - then an hour of Michael Palin travelling all over the world and then - joy of joys another new unseen Inspector Montalbano mystery. I intend to have a really indulgent evening.
Night is already falling outside - almost time to draw all the blinds and shut it out. But first - one thing I noticed on my walk round this afternoon: many gardens have a Pyracantha shrub in them. They are an easy shrub to grow and obviously very popular. Every one I passed was laden with berries, either yellow or orange. I have one in my garden it has orange berries here and there but certainly not in profusion. The difference - most of the ones I saw which were laden were growing up against house walls, which means they would be gaining heat from the walls (most bungalows and houses on the estate are built of stone bricks) which certainly retain the heat from the sun. My bush is against a stone wall at the top of the garden and the North wind whistles through the gaps in the stone. The wrong place for a shrub I guess. Well you live and learn.