Overnight the snow has disappeared apart from just a few places on East Witton Fell which I look out on from my sitting room window. I haven't put my nose out of the door but obviously it is much warmer. No sun though - just a dull, grey sky.
I am sad this morning because I have had to ask one of my Carers not to come any more. She also works in a Care Home and several of the staff have tested positive for Covid. She has tested negative - for now. But I just dare not take the risk. She is sad not to come and I am sad not to see her - she was a brilliant carer and I counted her as a friend too.
Right - let's get away from Covid - it does dominate our thoughts, the News, the Papers - let's think about shorts for men - we can't get much further away than that can we? Kevin Maher writes in The Times today that an Employment Trubunal in Manchester - a man it was ruled had suffered sex discrimination by being refused permission to wear three quarter length trousers - and yet his female colleagues were allowed to show the same, if not more, leg every day. Now what do you think to that male readers? And, if you are still of 'going to work' age are you going to get out your 'long shorts' to wear in the next hot summer?
I was immediately reminded of my dear late farmer. Once when we were holidaying in Texas it was extremely hot. Most of the men in the group were wearing shorts. I popped into a shop and bought him a pair. Did he wear them? No he did not.As far as I could see his legs were fine (I fancied his legs as I fancied every part of him) in fact a lot better than most of the legs on show. But no. Cap on head, trousers on legs - the norm and he was sticking to it. There is a different dress code I think for men and women. I did touch on it the other week with stiff collars - but at the time women wore long skirts. Short skirts have been all the rage for a very long time. I remember a particular occasion in 1970 when I wore a yellow mini skirt and a navy blue silk blouse - adored both. Plenty of leg showing. So fifty years of short skirts and yet men still only wear their shorts on holiday - certainly not in the office.
We must conclude that men love to see women in short skirts - well we all knew that didn't we? But they are not keen on showing off their own legs. I wonder why.