Monday, 10 February 2014

Tantalising

Spring has given us yet another tantalising glimpse today with wall-to-wall sunshine and a pleasant wind blowing.   A good day for washing so I have done four loads - they are flapping on the line as I write.   Tomorrow strong winds and heavy rain are forecast so we have to make the most of today.   The birds are certainly doing that - dare I admit that they nearly drove me mad when I was pegging out the washing - robins, sparrows and blackbirds competing to see who could sing the loudest.

The farmer is back from hospital with nothing to show for his operation but a tiny plaster on one cheek and a note to go back next Monday to have the stitches removed.   So far, so good.

Looking at what is on offer on the television tonight I see that it is the third in Jeremy Paxman's series on the First World War.   If you have been watching it then I am sure that, like me, you will have been impressed by his presentation, inundated with things about this period in history that you did not know, and above all horrified and appalled at the loss of life and the terrible suffering.   Really it should be compulsory watching - particularly for world leaders, who are very good at getting us into scrapes and detailing what we do about them, but never prepared to roll up their sleeves themselves.

Have you noticed while I am on the subject of leaders (and I will not use a capital letter) how every agency is blaming another one for the current crisis on the flooding in the South of England. Less blaming and more getting their finger out and doing something would be far more praise-worthy.

11 comments:

jinxxxygirl said...

I've not seen the show your talking about but i did just see the movie Monuments Men with George Clooney and Matt Damon. I have no idea how historically accurate it is....since its a movie probably not very accurate but i did enjoy it. Hugs! deb

Crafty Green Poet said...

our birds are into competitive singing too at the moment!

Glad the farmer is okay.

Yes the agencies need to get their act together on the flooding crisis, it is only going to get worse,

Terry and Linda said...

No spring singing birds here yet...but I saw two blue birds! A sure sign they know something is switching out there.

Linda
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Rachel said...

Margaret Beckett is to blame of course. But we have to look forward and forget about blame because it doesn't help us now. Farmers around here dig out their ditches and they aren't daft.

angryparsnip said...

Happy to hear Farmer is fine.
So much rain and snow everywhere but here.
The Owl I have named Mr. Bennet and hoots so prettily while sitting on my fireplace is back.

cheers, parsnip

Heather said...

Glad that things have gone well for the farmer.
The trouble with our leaders seems to be that they are only interested in money and refuse to heed the very people who know what they are talking about.

Cro Magnon said...

As well as Mr Paxman's films being compulsory viewing for all school children, maybe they should also advise about buying (or building) homes in well known flood areas. It's too late to lecture on such obvious matters when one is six feet under water.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

Why are people who turn up belatedly and leave quickly known as "leaders" anyway. In the first world war I believe that officers suffered higher casualty figures than the troops - they were leaders even if they didn't know where they were going.

Gwil W said...

they are known as 'leaders' because all too often they lead us down the garden path . . .

Pondside said...

I'll watch for the show - we are usually about six months later here.
Leaders? We have none over here at the moment.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Very clever comment from you Gwil - and I am afraid very true.

Thanks for the visit everyone.