Everywhere down South of a line from Birmingham to the Wash as they used to say when they divided the country into sections, is desperate for the rain to cease, Here in the North our gardens are sadly in need of a decent downpour but none is forthcoming. Today is cold, cloudy and breezy. I have added two more layers as the day has gone on. But it is quite tempting to put on the central heating - on the Solstice.
Our fortnightly chat on Zoom with friends in Cumbria told a similar story of the weather over there. These regular fortnightly chats, like visits to the hairdresser, my other Zoom with friends, Book Group and suchlike all mean that the days pass by quickly and it seems to be always the week end again.
In just the same way one of the things which makes the individual day pass quickly is my daily walk 'round the block'. It takes me about three quarters of an hour, plus another quarter of an hour preparation and that is quite a large chunk out of the day.
So, what have I done today apart from the Zoom with friends P and D? Well this morning friends S and T called for a quick visit and then called after lunch when T oiled a door for me and S kindly potted on the Gazania she bought me as a present towards the end of last week. Now when the weather warms up again (towards the end of the week according to the weatherman) the pot can take up its spot by the front door where - in the full sun - it will open its yellow and brown striped face every time the sun shines on its flowers.
That's about the extent of today's news so I shall now go and watch Michael Portillo in his fancy attire riding a train somewhere or other.