Maybe slightly wintry today temperature wise but there is still some warmth in the sun (the tubs of violas outside my front door and up against the stone wall of the bungalow are suddenly growing like mad) but it has been a very pleasant day. I have had to stay at home because our doctor's surgery conducts telephone appointments and I had one booked for today. The doctor was most reassuring about my blood pressure so I feel happier now that I have spoken to someone.
But it is on days like this that one notices the cold come down about three o'clock now that we have put the clocks back. Once I had spoken to the doctor I resolved to go for my walk but having put out the recycling 'rubbish' for morning I realised that all that would happen would be that I would get thoroughly cold on my walk and then take all evening to get warm. So I 'chickened out', and came here instead.
4.39 and almost dark. What long nights for the next three months or so.
I read about Cop26 leaders signing a pledge to 'halt and reverse deforestation globally by 2030' and then saw on TV incredibly poor people in Brazil sawing down trees to feed their families, and about the number of private planes arriving for the summit, and I do tend to rather agree with Greta Thurnberg's comment that it is often little more than 'blah, blah blah ' at these conferences. Are we not almost always selfish about these things? Can we do anything individually? Do we always tend to blame it on someone else?
I think about recycling and how it has become part of our lives now, and that is an encouraging sign - I looked down our road when I put out the papers, the plastic, the tins and the garden rubbish tonight for tomorrow's collection at crack of dawn. We have embraced that - maybe it is not too late to embrace other things as well. We have to be hopeful don't we?
Back to normal tomorrow.