Yes - the sun is shining and there is but a small breeze blowing. Of course that doesn't tell me the temperature when viewed from inside the room - but I shall dip my foot in the water later this morning with Priscilla and find out. Meanwhile Monday is always my favourite day for The Times Mind Games and I sit an hour after J has brought me my breakfast and go through them all. Now, at almost half past ten here I am with a bright and early post.
I have already had one smile this morning. I see from The Times Obituaries - I always read them as they are so well written. - that Murray Walker, the Formula One Commentator, has died this week at the ripe old age of 97. It seems no time at all since he was commentating but I read that he retired at the age of 89 after breaking his pelvis on a river cruise. He fell down steps on the boat. Then in the same year he was diagnosed with lymphoma. But his Obit tells how he continued to watch the sport whenever he was well enough. What made me laugh was in the Obit, reading about his absolutely unique style the Times tells of one of his best Murrayisms, when he said 'The Williams car is absolutely unique except for the one behind which is identical'. Good old Murray - they don't make them like that any more.
Other happenings at this time in the morning? Well I am finding the book Sue from the Isle of Man recommended 'A Bike Ride' very readable - if you like travel books do give it a whirl if you haven't already read it. It has been written for almost thirty years but is very enjoyable - one of those books where you are with the author every bit of the way.
How Springlike is the weather in your neck of the woods? It is reasonably dry here - just the odd heavy shower - but by no means Spring-like temperature yet. This time of the year don't we all long for a warm spell, especially this year when we have all been incarcerated for almost a whole year.
The paper today, of course, is now full of the Police action at the vigil for Sarah Everard. How sad it was that it all got out of hand. With hindsight I do wonder whether it might have been better to ask all women to take part by putting a candle in our windows at a certain time. I would certainly have liked to pay my peaceful respects in this absolutely terrible tragedy - and I still would - but it needs to be a peaceful, quiet and thoughtful caring time if only for the sake of Sarah's parents. One can't begin to imagine what they must .be going through. It is to be hoped that it might be the start of a gigantic effort to somehow make our streets safer for women but just for now I think Sarah's family might prefer peace in order to grieve for a while.
Well dear friends, outside calls while the sun is shining and hopefully I shall return with an appetite for my lunch of roast chicken and ham with cauliflower cheese, carrots, sprouts, Yorkshire pudding and roast and mashed potatoes - all sitting in the microwave. All I need to do is push the button . Thank you J - worth your weight in gold.