The thermometer tells me it is warmer today but my body tells me something quite different. It is grey and it is raining on and off. A string of "beads" hangs along the washing line. It will be nice to get all closed up for the night - the doors locked and the curtains drawn and one or two programmes I enjoy on TV. At the moment there is a programme on to find the best woodworker in the country. So far competitors have made a dining table in Week 1, a clock in Week 2 and now, tonight a toy. They are such gifted people I am sad that people have to be eliminated.
I must also - as promised - tell you the book we are reading in this month's book group. It is "The Night Tiger" by Yangsze Shoo - a story set in Malaysia. Both my friend M and I are enjoying the book immensely.
What a difference the sun makes. As I have been sitting here doing my blog the sun has emerged and the wind has dropped and it is altogether a much nicer day. I might even have a stroll along the patio. See you in a few minutes......
Two hours later huge black clouds have loomed in and beads hang heavy on the washing line again.
A couple of days ago, when friend M called we were talking of what we did as children before television and we both remembered the same things. On Winter evenings my parents and I (both my older siblings had by this time left home and were out in the wide world and friend M was an only child )played 'pencil and paper games' - and how it widened our general knowledge: capital cities of the counties in the British Isles, capital cities of the world, rivers of the world, wild flowers, birds, and many more topics, I loved it (probably because I swotted up and usually won but I guess that is why my parents encouraged me to play.) I do notice now that on University Challenge contestants have a very scant knowledge of these areas but incredible knowledge of much more 'serious' subjects. How times have changed I only am able ro answer when there is a question on wild flowers or birds; my son beats me every week!
Time to get myself some tea - not sure what until I look what's available. Until tomorrow: