There is something very comforting about friends. After more or less a week of warm, Spring-like weather, suddenly the wind has turned to the North and the sky has clouded over, so that intermittently we have a heavy shower. It is not a nice day. I was pleased to see my plants arrive by post (3 different Herbacious Geraniums) but they have gone into the garage for now; no way am I planting them out in the cold and they are all reachable so no excuse for ringing my gardener and asking him if he would pop round and do it for me.
But my friend and neighbour rang me this morning to see if I was 'alright'? She couldn't find my number so she rang another friend S for it. So then S rang me to ask if I was 'alright' as my neighbour hadn't seen me. This network of friends is very comforting when one lives alone.
I hope everyone is managing to 'keep their heads above water' during these worrying times. I must say that to some extent my days pass rather aimlessly. I have plenty of jobs to do - finishing the teddy I started making about three years ago, sorting a book shelf out, cleaning the one or two bits of silver which haven't been cleaned since I moved in here. I could go on but one of my father's favourite sayings in such a situation was, "Don't keep doing your jobs twice - once is enough when you've got your duster in your hand." Somehow the day passes without my doing much at all other than getting a mid day meal and keeping the place tidy. Oh and chatting on the phone of course.
Someone says in today's Times that she thinks we should applaud at 8pm every Wednesday night for all those marvellous NHS Staff who are keeping things going in such difficult conditions. What a brilliant idea. Are we going to do it? It is such a small thing to do for the huge sacrifice they are making.
Well, soldier on everybody. It will come to an end, although goodness knows when. Keep smiling.