I arose just after five this morning - it was hot and I knew I would not get back to sleep, so I came on to my computer and wrote an early post, ending by saying that if I thought of anything to add I would be back later. Well, in The Times TMS an actor, the son of a Bishop, was talking about the Seven Wonders of the World. When he was a small boy he heard his father preach on the text'Man does not live by bread alone' and he remembers thinking that man could very well live on just that if it was but toast. He went on to say how he didn't think some of those seven were all they were cracked up to be - the one he particularly mentioned was The Great Pyramid, because it was now just situated in a very ordinary suburb of Cairo.
That set me thinking of what I would choose as a Wonder these days. My subjects are English Literature and Music so all scientific subjects are above my thinking - the same goes for Mathematical things - so I chose the one thing that I know little about but which has had such an influence on my life. I chose Machinery/Electricity. As I sat here this morning typing my post a machine was washing the breakfast dishes, a machine was doing the washing, another machine was drying a load. On this very hot and humid day another electrical device was keeping my milk from going sour (this weather in my mother's day meant cream cheese for tea as the milk would have gone sour.) A tractor and various trucks and machines were cutting the grass in the field behind the bungalow and carting it away. I could go on. Sufficient to say that my father, himself an engineer for the whole of his working life, would not have believed the changes in the last fifty years - oh and add to that the two richest men in the world each chartered an space ship this week to take them to the edge of space. What next? What would you choose as a modern wonder?
That is all I shall write today having just spent an hour in the front garden dead-heading the plants in my tubs- they are getting past it. A good feed in the morning and hopefully they will put on a spurt of new flowers. sleep well.