Thursday, 1 April 2021

Cold


 At least ten degrees colder today than it has been for the previous two days; a grey sky with no sign of a sun anywhere; just a faint breeze.   After two such glorious days I think it feels even colder than it really is.   I had to be up, up and away today for my early hospital appointment.   Set the alarm for half past six to give me plenty of time to be more or less ready when J came for her hour.   I needn't have bothered setting the alarm - I slept badly, kept looking at the clock and was well ready for getting up at half past five.   By the time J came I was washed, dressed, breakfasted and all ready to go.  It takes more or less forty minutes to get from here to Darlington Memorial Hospital at that time of day.   I had been instructed to arrive no more than five minutes before my allotted time and I did just that.   The taxi driver and I have know one another for years so we chatted happily all the way.   I had to go toMedical Physics to have abone scan after breaking my hip in October.   I laid on the table and had numerous photographs of hips taken from all angles.   I was out again in a quarter of an hour as they said I would be.   I arrived home just before eleven o'clock to a cup of coffee from the flask J had left for me.   I was tired.   No, I will change that, I was exhausted.  J had left my lunch ready in the microwave - Chinese chicken with rice and Mediterranean vegetables - it was delicious.   I ate it, put on the One O'Clock News and fell asleep.   The sheer effort of going to the hospital, coming back, changing back out of my' posh ' clothes into my loungers (and yes, in these lockdown days going out is an event, regardless of where I am going - particularly as I can hardly walk anyway - and is an occasion for putting on some kind of glad rags)  Now, at half past four in the afternoon I am more or less back to normal after resting all afternoon.   I think tea - to save myself a lot of bother- might be two toasted hot cross buns with cheese inside.

So, what news to impart today?   Not a lot really.   The sun brought everyone out with their lawnmowers or on their hands and knees weeding.   The grey skies today have sent them all scuttling back in again and as there is even a possibility of snow within the next week or so, I suspect it will stay that way.   Judging by the awful amounts of rubbish littering the beauty spots over that last two lovely days this will be no bad thing, except of course that any local business which is permitted to open at present is desperate for the custom of visitors.   Why do people have to leave such a trail of rubbish behind them?   It is so thoughtless.

Until tomorrow bloggy friends.

 

 

16 comments:

Derek Faulkner said...

Unfortunately, seeing the photos of packed parks and other places during the sunshine spells, with no sticking to covid rules, makes us wonder how soon another rise in infections and a fourth Lock Down, will happen. The litter that was left behind was also monstrous and had to be cleared at local council's expense. People just don't understand the responsibility that comes with freedom.

Bovey Belle said...

I cannot understand why people cannot put their rubbish in the bag they obviously carried it there in and just take it home. When bottles and cans and bags are empty they are scarcely onerous to carry. Ignorance and idleness.

It feels SO much colder here today too - the last two days felt like being dropped straight into June. We had such a lovely walk yesterday - thinnest t-shirt for me - and today I'm back to 3 layers and a thick down jacket!

Glad you got your scan over and done with, but it does sound exhausting, especially after sleeping badly.

Rachel Phillips said...

We always took our rubbish home with us. Even though our outings were only fish and chips in Great Yarmouth, we took our finished papers, grease and all, home with us. Wherever I go, wherever I am, this still stands, I stuff my rubbish in my own bag, backpack and it goes with me. I haven't seen what you are talking about, but I guess that rubbish bins overflow and people are seen as not caring, they keep adding to it, someone else's problem to clear up, the bin wasn't big enough etc. I may be an old fuddy duddy but there is much to learn about respect for others from growing up in the 1940s and 1950s.

Bonnie said...

It's good that you've had your scan and that is behind you now. A trip out can be tiring especially when you are not used to going out. How nice to come home to a meal prepared for you in the microwave. We are much colder here today too in fact we had a hard freeze last night. Spring has to tease us a while before it settles in! Enjoy your evening Pat!

JayCee said...

I am often disgusted by the amount of litter I see strewn long the roadsides. We were brought up to always take our rubbish home with us and I do not understand the mindset of today's society who have no thought for others.

Heather said...

I know people are desperate to get things back to normal, but crowding together at beauty spots is not the way to do it. Leave all their litter is just disgusting. If they are strong enough to carry it all to their picnic then I am sure they could manage to take it home with them. So thoughtless.
You seem to have recovered well after such a hectic morning which is good. Keep warm and cosy till the sun returns.

the veg artist said...

Apparently vets in our area have had to treat several horses who have eaten food (and the wrappings) left in their fields by thoughtless walkers. I really don't understand the laziness of litterers at all.
Good that you've been for your scan. Hope all is well.

Anonymous said...

Your account of dressing up in your gladrags made me smile but then I thought how silly that is really, when it's obviously exhausting for you to change again when you get home. Are your "loungers" so decrepit they're not fit to be seen by a taxi driver and a radiographer?

Susan said...

The ordeal of not sleeping well, getting up extra early, preparing for the hospital appointment, and following all the Covid rules is exhausting (never mind your walking). It's cold here too, my daffodils (if they can) must be shivering!!! Tomorrow will be a better day. Warmth and sunshine makes everything better and it has to be back with us soon. My local park has placed barrels about and ask people not to litter; it seems to be helping some.

Debby said...

It is snowing here. The wind is whipping. I just spent an hour next to a woodstove in an Amish barn. I thought I was going to freeze. We are back home now and I don't think I will ever warm up.

Anonymous said...

So glad to hear that you are enjoying your garden1. Tulips are so amusing with their colors and different shapes, one of my favorites even if they don't tend to return here for a second year. Hyacinths, on the other hand, seem to multiply wonderfully and their scent is such a spring marker. Some years ago I seem to have bought a large bag of pale pink hyacinths and every year at this time I resolve to get some brighter blue or violet ones to spark things up a bit. Of course by fall I don't remember, perhaps this is the year to write it on the calendar?

ceci

Debby said...

I am not comfortable wearing loungers in public either.

Joanne Noragon said...

I live in a National Park, the second most visited park in the system. And everyone of them throws trash out for our road crew to pick up. They do so every Monday, and fill a dozen large trash cans.

Gail, northern California said...

Thank you, Weave, for making it so easy to comment on your blog. I've never been able to do that on sweet John's "Going Gently".

Gosh, I wish you could send us some of that marvelous rain!

Librarian said...

Similar here, after an almost summery spell of temperatures well above 20 C, we are now back down by at least 10 degrees, and are to expect to see a few snow flakes early next week. But it is still sunny today, and I am very much looking forward to spending the weekend at O.K.'s - back near the Black Forest for the first time since January!
I will never understand people who leave their rubbish about. What makes them go out in the first place is certainly that they want to enjoy fresh air, sunshine and the beauty of nature - so why go and spoil that beauty with their litter?
Your hospital visit sounds a good example of efficiency. Hopefully, the scan results will show good healing progress.

CharlotteP said...

There is more rubbish round here, too, though I'm convinced it's only a small minority of people who drop it. I often collect some, with a poo bag over my hand, and bring it home to bin. There are others doing this too. Fortunately, there's not so much round here that a few people can't clear it, and I think if an area is clear of litter, people are less inclined to drop it.