Meeting one today with dear old friends went off without a hitch. They arrived on time and we had a lovely chat and a lovely lunch. When you get to our age and live so far apart then it is hard not to think it might be the last time you see one another.
They brought me another lovely tub of pansies - I am going to have a real display along the front of my bungalow which should cheer the winter up considerably.
Another meeting on the cards for tomorrow and I am sure that will go just as well. I think the weather is going to be less good but as long as it is dry then it should be alright. Here tonight the wind got really strong and for a time it became very cold indeed. When I went with Tess for our last walk I put on my winter coat for the first time.
I have just watched a programme on Simon Reeve going round the Mediterranean. Some places were such a surprise. I remember that Albania was a very closed country for such a long time but really there are still areas where it has changed little.
I expect someone will shoot me down in flames but when I see these countries and I see some of the archaic practices that still exist I say that for all the faults that exist here in our country, thank goodness we live in a Democracy and in a fairly modern, forward-looking country. Yes, we have our problems - the state of the country's finances, the state of the NHS, the state of our prisons to name but three. But at least we can talk openly about them, we can discuss them, we can moan about them without fear of recriminations. In so many ways hasn't television altered our lives and the way we look at things. With all the modern methods of communication there is absolutely no excuse for not knowing what is going on in the world whatever our age. (of course some folk would rather not know and that is their prerogative).