The warmth isn't back yet but the sun is and it is quite a lovely day. After lunch I went for a walk with Percy and had several long distance chats, the first with a chap I often see out walking his dog. He called to say he would carry on walking quicker than me so that we kept the required distance apart - at which point his collie decided on the perfect 'poo spot' and he had to stop, wait and then clean up. We agreed that she had no idea of the current situation and neither had the blackbird who had been singing all morning in the hawthorn tree across the road from my bungalow. For animals and birds life goes on as normal thank goodness.
My home-made soup again for lunch today (leek and potato). Why is it that all home-made soup tastes so much better on the second day? Jacket potato stuffed with hummus and served with a salad after the soup and that was good too.
I was reading this morning in The Times about a doctor in New York - she was comparing this virus with the Twin Towers disaster in terms of numbers dying. 2753 people died in the Twin Towers; she speaks of how they had ambulances lined up and wards emptied for survivors within hours of the disaster - but there were no survivors. Wth the virus they have already admitted over 2000 and they have no idea when it will end. Troubled times indeed - good to be a blackbird methinks.
This week marks the 250th Anniversary of the birth of William Wordsworth - perhaps best known for his poem 'Daffodils'. If you remember my friend D, who lives in The Lakes, is sending me a card each week while the lock down continues. I so look forward to receiving them and this week's arrived this morning. And what was it? This week's card was a single daffodil - beautiful and very cheering.
As I did my walk with Percy at lunchtime I passed so many windows with rainbows stuck to them - presumably done by children home from school. And by the time I got home again the mixture of bird song, rainbows and the distance chats I had have put me in a really good frame of mind. I hope you all feel the same too. Keep smiling.