What a difference company makes to the day. In these Covid days. when one lives alone, the days can seem long. I like my own company and can usually find something to do - read my book (at present Monty Don's Japanese Gardens), read The Times, do the Mind Games in The Times, call up a friend, watch a programme on TV. But there is no substitute for a bit of human contact. Walking out with Priscilla I usually meet two or three people for quick chat - socially distanced of course - and my neighbour M is fantastic at nipping out if she sees me coming. All that plus J my carer, for an hour each morning, means that although I live alone I do get company. My son, who lives nearby, rings me every night for a chat (last night he tried explaining the Zen idea of one hand clapping. I am still having to think about it but hope that by the time I have finished the Monty Don book I might have understood the concept.)
But today - a lovely warm, sunny, Spring day - my two gardeners - D and J - have arrived to mow the lawn and make a start on clearing up after winter. It is good to see them wandering around outside the bungalow. I have just made them a drink and we had a five minute chat while they drank it. It is all company and it makes my heart a lot lighter. And what a difference the weather makes too. Yesterday, as the day went on, the weather improved. So after tea Priscilla and I did walk round the block and I did meet G out for her walk and we had a chat - rather hampered by the fact that I had taken my hearing aid out to make a phone call and forgotten to put it back in. And incidentally I had missed a couple of days walking because the wind had been too strong and by golly I did notice it. It did reinforce the fact that as far as muscles in the legs are concerned - if you don't use them you lose them'.
It's good to see that at long last the ship blocking the Suez canal has been freed. Can someone please explain to me why although everyone is calling it the Evergiven as far as I can see it appears to clearly say Evergreen on the side. Or are my eyes so bad they are reading it wrongly. Also I think I heard on theN ews that there were cattle on board and they were running out of food. Did I mishear? I know I am old but hopefully I am not losing eyes and ears!! (and senses)