First thing this morning - and a bright sunny one looking out of the front windows facing South with the sun shining straight into the sitting room. Then I come into the Computer Room and the sky is black and there are fresh raindrops on the window. Oh dear,we are not going to get a rain-free day as I hoped for it seems.
Yesterday was a day for doing absolutely nothing outside so no walk at all with Percy. I don't know whether he missed it but I certainly did. I read The Times, I cooked a lunch, I went for a flu jab, I finished re-reading my Book Club Book (it is the meeting on Monday) and I watched a bit of television. And what a wonderful programme I watched. I shall watch it again sometime this week on iplayer as it was on BBC Four. It was Francesco da Mosto - Venetian but a really good English speaker- talking about my favourite city, Venice. I have travelled a lot but I think I have been to Venice more than anywhere else and if only I could walk I would be there again tomorrow. It never finishes giving up its treasures to travellers willing to search for them. Please do watch the programmes if it is your kind of thing. He is charting Venice from the fifth century when the first Venetians inhabited the lagoon. It is the first of four programmes so that is the next three Saturday evenings to look forward to. How lucky we are to have television and all it brings into our homes if only we have the sense to pick and choose what we watch rather than have it on all the time as background noise.
When you think about it, what an asset television is during this period of lockdown and now semi lockdown. I am thinking now of my age group really but I think it is making all of us search for productive things to do with our time - at least I hope it is. With my walking problems I suppose I am in permanent semi lockdown these days anyway but I do make a point of speaking to at least four people face to face each day if I can ( that is without telephone calls). Maybe it is only a short 'chat' like a good morning, nice day to someone I pass on my daily walk with Percy (weather permitting) or yesterday a chat to my gardener who called because I owed him the money for his work on my patio - he stood in the middle of the lawn and I stood in the hall and we chatted for five minutes (and again he commented on how nice my hair looked in its new style and that did my self esteem no harm at all!) - just these short chats break up the day nicely and then a couple of phone calls (my son calls most days) and a couple of decent TV programmes and it is time for bed and the day has been passed pleasantly.
I must say that the nurse who gave me my flu jab yesterday morning was brilliant at the job. The organisation at the Medical Centre was excellent and I was able to park in a disabled bay close to the door. Each stage through was carefully monitored and I honestly never felt a pin prick when the vaccine went into my arm (and no sore arm this morning either). I was in, jabbed, out and back in my car within five minutes. Now all we wait for is (I hope) an effective vaccine for Covid. President Trump has gone down with it now. Let's hope he has a swift recovery - politics don't come into it here. I may not like them but I wouldnt wish Covid on my worst enemy. Our Prime Minister recovered - although I have doubts about whether he is actually fully recovered yet - so I hope the same for Trump.
Until tomorrow then, unless something else happens to tell you today.