Wednesday, 3 March 2021

Wednesday

 Wednesday - all day as my mother would say - and a cold, miserable, wintry one at that.   I have had a busy morning - first of all emptying the washing machine which my carer left on and putting the stuff into the tumble drier and then my Tesco order came.   The staff who bring it are always, without exception, such nice friendly men (or once a  woman).  They push the liners into the kitchen from the garage so that I can empty them bit by bit by using my trolley.  I have finished that now and needed a rest before eating my delicious-looking chicken salad she has left me, hence an early posting which might well be extended later in the day.

A few days ago I spoke of Graham Swift's 'Mothering Sunday' and how much my Book Group had enjoyed it.   I spoke of the trial over the content of DH Lawerence's 'Lady Chatterley' and said it was in the twenties.  Itwas in fact only in the sixties. I was astonished - that means that I was in my thirties when it took place.   The article also spoke of Philip Larkin - in my view one of the best  poets of the twentieth century.   Larkin thought Lawrence 'The greatest writer of the century'.   He said Lawrence was 'flexible, vivid, tender and sharp and that he had more genius than any man could be expected to handle'.   Whatever your views on Larkin or Lawrence for that matter - one thing is certain - Lawrence opened the floodgates and we have come an awful long way since then.   Wouldn't you agree?

 



It is now mid afternoon.   I have just had an e mail from my neighour.   In 'normal' times we would be having a cup of tea and catching up on news but of course these are still not normal times are they?  I just switched on to look at The News - all Budget of course and more or less gobbledegook to me so I switched off again.  See you tomorrow

26 comments:

Mary said...

Your day sounded busy Pat - happy knowing your grocery delivery service sounds top notch. Milder weather will be good enabling you more time outside without getting blown away, or frozen!
It's always funny to me when we email or text our nextdoor neighbors - I do that too!
How times have changed.
Mary -

Traveller said...

You are right we have come so far.

I was listening to the soundtrack of the film The Crying Game this morning and was recalling how “shocking” that was back then...back then, it was just under 20 years ago.

JayCee said...

We email our neighbours too as they are both over 75 and very cautious.
Very misty, murky and cold here today so we are quite happy to stay indoors.

Derek Faulkner said...

I hope that when, and if, I get to your age Pat, that I find myself surrounded by such lovely people - a Carer that does some housework and provides daily meals, delivery men that go the extra mile when delivering, kindly neighbours. Good on you, not sure I've been a nice enough person all my life to deserve such attention.

CharlotteP said...

It does seem strange to be emailing neighbours, who, as you say, when would normally be chatting over a cup of tea...and probably biscuits. Trouble is, I'm still doing the biscuit part, possibly eating their share too! I am lucky having a dog. Walking up the road does give lots of opportunities for talking to my neighbours, and most people seem very happy to chat for a while.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

I once had an email from my boss who was sitting right next to me in the office at school! In fairness she sent it to everyone in the team but saw the funny side of it when I emailed "thank you" straight back to her.
I think the trial you refer to was about Lady Chatterley's Lover rather than Sons and Lovers. Sons and Lovers was censored by the publisher in the 1920s before it was published, around a tenth of the book having been removed. Things have certainly moved on a great deal in subsequent decades.

Derek Faulkner said...

I've just noticed that there is a programme all about D.H.Lawrence on Sky Arts this Thursday at 7pm

Angel charls said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Poppy and Me said...

It's colder here in Suffolk and as I feel the cold I did what I always do when I think about turning the hearing up, I put my fleece dressing gown on over my clothes, put my towelling socks on and settle down for the day with a hot chocolate drink!! I am quick to take the dressing gown off if the door bell rings--not that it does much these days, but today I took it off when the phone rang!! all these miserable days are driving me mad, but at least it made me laugh as I put it on again. Take care Val & Poppy

wherethejourneytakesme2 said...

My teenage years were spent during the time of Clockwork Orange, The Exorcist and the like and were in their day quite shocking - probably quite tame now. I never went to see the Exorcist as a friend of mine was very disturbed by it as were many others.
It has been miserable here again today and did I hear snow being mentioned on the TV at the weekend?

Northriding said...

Studied Sons and Lovers - hated everyone in it except Gyp the dog

Northriding said...

I meant to say I studied it for A level -put me off Lawrence for life

gz said...

It certainly has been a step back towards Winter, away from the Spring of the past couple of days...not just cold, but damp.

Heather said...

You are right in saying we have come a long way. I used to think how much life had changed in my parents' lifetime, and now I realise how many changes there have been in my own.
It sounds as if you have had another busy day. I have felt lethargic all day today, but did manage my walk early. I shall be busy tomorrow putting all my groceries away.

the veg artist said...

Years ago I read my way through all the D H Lawrence novels, and it's not something I'm ever going to repeat! He put me right off male writers who think they can write about the lives and feelings of women.

Debby said...

I liked D.H. Lawrence because he portrayed a woman in a whole different light. He may not have gotten it 100% right, but no woman would have written that story out of sheer fear of how the world would judge her. It was a beginning. It opened a discussion.

Your day sounds like you kept yourself nicely occupied.

Cro Magnon said...

I watched PMQ's, then turned off. I'd rather read the details of the budget in the paper (online), than listen for ages.

Librarian said...

What you say about the Tesco delivery people is pretty much the same what my Mum says about her groceries deliveries; always friendly and helpful. She tips them generously, too, knowing that theirs is certainly not an easy (or particularly well-paid) job.

Rachel Phillips said...

Lawrence had a chip on his shoulder. He was on the fringes of the Bloomsbury Group but resented them and wrote nasty letters to Bertrand Russell then buggered off to Germany with his German wife. I tried to read Sons and Lovers again not long ago and found it crass.

thelma said...

Haven't read Lawrence for years, can't even remember Lady Chatterley's Lover. Think I was bored with it at the time it just showed up the social mores of the day.

Bovey Belle said...

We had our grocery delivery yesterday and some (tins and packets) is still in a box in the hall waiting for me to deal with it. Our chaps are very helpful but I WISH they would not turn the little bit of lawn on one side into a quagmire by reversing across it so they can drive out frontwards. Must find some Very Big Rocks to deter them.

It's many years since I read Lawrence (Lady Chatterley's Lover, when I was in my 20s). I've no great wish to revisit his works though.

Rachel Phillips said...

Why is the Tesco delivery container called a liner? I don't understand your use of this word.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Rachel - I opt out of having carrier bags so Tescos line each plastic crate with a single plastic liner - it is this which is called the 'liner'. Incidentally I tried to read Lawrence not so long ago and didnt finish it. But I was surprised by Philip Larkin's views.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thanks everyone - as usual we always get a virtual 'sit around and have a coffee' feel to my blog and I do appreciate it.

Lynda said...

Have ordered Mothering Sunday per your recommendation! Hope I enjoy it! Always good to find new reads!

Angel charls said...

wonderful post
Keep postings like this
for more information, anyone can go here Gmail Bellen