Well not so bright now - and I just heard the weather man say that there are so many 'layers of cloud' today that it is unlikely we will see the sun. In spite of the promise of quite a warm day it seemed to have missed here and my morning walk was very chilly. I had a nice long chat to my daughter-in-law about a present for her birthday this week - then I set off on my walk without my hearing aid in (I had taken it out to use the telephone). The first person I saw was D, who I have not seen for literally years - we chatted and it was a strain hearing him. He went off on his walk and a couple of minutes later I stopped to chat to P who was hoeing her front garden. She has a bed of pansies - they have really done superbly this year. I have pansies in tubs either side of my front door and they are a sight for sore eyes. So were P's no single plant the same colour as any other.
We were debating just how many people on our road are retired and live alone - having been widowed. And how we look out for one another and how good it ia. Opposite her lives a gentleman of 103 with his partner, who is in her early eighties. It seems that we all take an interest in what is going on - and how good that is. How lucky we are. And how good it is to have Lifeline - I have a button on a bracelet at my wrist and I can press that at any hour of the day or night to summon help. I did indeed do just that in October when I fell and broke my hip and the ambulance was here within ten minutes. All the NHS services, plus Lifeline, plus my Carer and I feel so very well looked-after.
My son has just called with three parcels to be collected by the Post Office tomorrow and we stood talking on the doorstep for ten minutes (he is not in my Bubble - that 'honour' goes to my carer-). That time let the chilly air into the hall and bliss - the central heating has kicked in and going back into the computer room I was met by a wall of warm air. Spring is by no means here yet - keep your winter woollies on folks.