Judging by various weather reports it would seem that we , here in North Yorkshire, have fared much better than folk in many parts of the country. We have no doubt had torrential rain - the river has been over and the roads have been flooded (the fields by the sides of the road are still flooded, large pools lie on the roads and the flood signs are out), but each day we have had brilliant sunshine throughout the day and as long as one kept in a sheltered spot there was a feel of Spring in the air. The rain seems to have mostly come during the night. Long may it continue to do so (I expect this paragraph is tempting fate and I may arise tomorrow morning to a downpour - if so blame me).
Being driven through Wensleydale this af ternoon by friend W , on our way to the Residential Home for the Elderly in Bainbridge for our monthly sing song, I was amused to see that in the fields which had been flooded (where there are often fifty or so Canada Geese grazing) there were hundreds of Canada Geese - they had colonised the huge flood pools and were swimming up and down, really enjoying themselves. It's an ill wind.
The elderly residents really enjoy our afternoon - we play the ukulele and we all sing the old songs they love - songs like Daisy, Leaning on a Lamp post, Side by Side. They never fail to say they are looking forward to next month when we leave. Two of the residents had passed away since our meeting last month - always a sad thing, but inevitable. It does serve to remind one of one's own mortality.
I switched on our News when I came in, after taking Tess round the block for her last walk of the day. But the Brexit news is all so appalling I couldn't bear to watch it at all. I don't really understand any of the disagreements fully but I am beginning to think that none of our M P's do either. The whole thing is in such a mess. I suppose history will look back on it as just a hiccup but from where I am standing it looks more like a complete break down. I keep telling myself I will neither watch the news or read the Newspaper for the next few weeks, but then after a couple of days I am drawn to it again. Was there ever such a mess?