Today is one of those days when it is much warmer out than it is inside. The wind has almost dropped (make the most of it as it is set to return by the week-end). There is little or no sun but it is not cold. Inside I shall no doubt have to put the central heating on after tea as already the whole house is getting chilly.
Tomorrow morning, very early, is our waste - garden bin, plastic and paper- collecting day and it has to be put out tonight. Because of my age and mobility problems the men collect mine from the gate at the top of the drive but I still have to get the plastic and paper out of the garage - I must remember to do that before bed time. Getting the green bin out meant I had to pass my side garden - I feared the worst after several days of severe gales but apart from three or four clumps of one plant (no idea what it is - just pretty but small red/pink flowers- most of the plants have stayed more or less upright.
I walked round the block - didn't feel like it after several days in - but made myself do it, had a couple of pleasant chats on the circuit, came back, made myself a cup of tea and then came to put on a post before Flog It. It is a programme which fascinates me - people bring in things for valuation which are so obviously worth little or nothing (yes, there are exceptions), get quite excited at getting perhaps £80 for the item - which when Auctioneer's Fees and VAT are taken off makes the whole thing hardly worth the effort. And many of the items which one glimpses in the queue are so obviously worthless - why do people bring them?
And sometimes people pick up an item at a Car Boot Sale which turns out to be quite valuable - there was one item last evening- I am not a Car Boot Sale Fan - and have only ever been to one. Are you a fan of such things? If so I would love to hear what kind of things you look for and what bargains you have picked up.
Anyone who is a fan must feel very neglected this year as because of Covid all such events have been cancelled. I think it is the crowds which put me off.
The other events which I guess will have been cancelled will be the Agricultural Shows. Up here each Dale has its own show and - certainly in the old days - such events may well have been the only 'holidays' the farmer got. My farmer never missed a single year at the Wensleydale Show, held in the fields just behind my bungalow now. There was so much to see - the livestock, the machinery, the equipment, the competitions, the events in the Showring and also - most important - the big tents for everyone to compete with their fruit and vegetables, knitting, crochet, flower arranging, baking, stick-making. How they will miss it all this year.
Time to go and put the kettle on. Have a good evening and if you are in an area where it is chilly - put that central heating back on - or another couple of sweaters.
January 4, 2023: With gratitude to Rebecca Solnit / Reruns from January 30, 31 and February 1, 2, 3, 4, 2007: Mona Lisa and the Clown and the Cool Rain of the Law (1985), Woman Trying to Remember What She is Trying to Forget (1986), Painting in America (1986), Full Moon, Chair and Planter Rising (1986), Church of the Holy Contradiction, and Untitled Scene (1986)