Early evening and looking out of the window I see that it is raining heavily - not just a drizzly mist as we had yesterday but a really heavy downpour. Already the sun is trying to break through so it won't go on for long but what a welcome my plants will be giving it. They have perked up already.
I notice on the parts of my garden which are planted up (ie the parts that have no mares tail) that there is such a lot of bird life. I know several sparrows and a blackbird nested in the hedges and now their offspring are fledged. Because the garden is mostly rocks they are jumping around from rock to rock, still expecting to be fed by busy Mum and Dad. I would love to feed the birds. I always have done in the past but now I no longer feel up to filling feeders and I would have to climb steps to do so anyway. So I feel it is best not to start. I don't scatter seed and bits of food on the patio because I think that just encourages a visit from vermin.
The central heating is back on today. We were warned here down the East Coast that the temperature would drop over the past two days and it is really quite cold - certainly cold enough for the central heating to be back on again. Are we clapping for the NHS again tonight? Nobody seems sure. Apparently the lady who first thought of doing it feels we should stop while everyone is still doing it rather than go on until it begins to tail off. But I see in the television schedule that five minutes is allowed for it at eight o'clock. Perhaps we shall all do the same - open the front door and see whether others are doing the same. I have mixed feelings about stopping but I would hate it to just tail off which would suggest that our appreciation is tailing off and I am sure that for everyone nothing is further from the truth. NHS workers must all be absolutely exhausted by this pandemic and yet they keep going - they are a brilliant lot from the ancilliary staff right up to the surgeons - doing their job, working all hours, often neglecting their own families, we are all very lucky to have them.