Sunday 19 April

I never thought that I would say that the highlight of my day was taking delivery of 3 bags of compost! But there you are, it was. I have nearly finished weeding the vegetable patch, today accompanied by the local robin. He is very devoted, and hovers round to search among the debris. The birds are very noticeable now that there are so few planes overhead. There is a great deal of nest building and general twittering, most pleasant.

Today’s earrings are made of Dalmatian limestone, a present from friends who went on a cruise around the Dalmatian islands. The stone is white, almost marble like, set in silver, which means they will go with any outfit. Croatia is a country which I would love to explore. So far I have only been to Zagreb, which is a very interesting place. Like many countries in the Balkans, it has changed allegiances many times and has a very chequered history.

This afternoon we went for a walk in Lloyd Park, a very large open space in south Croydon. The government has now said that parks should be kept open and in the sunshine today people were taking advantage of this. It is undulating grassland, with a bit of woodland, where there were some bluebells. The majority of visitors were scrupulous about social distancing: the one exception was a group of lads playing football.

And so another week begins, with children returning to “school” tomorrow. Gradually the new life takes on a semblance of normality. The highlights being Zoom calls with family and friends.

One thought on “Sunday 19 April

  1. I have blitzed your blogs, which somehow kept slipping to the bottom of my “to-do” list. However, today’s glut has made lovely reading, with many thoughts matching mine. Down in Somerset I am finding new footpaths all over the place. We are lucky that so many of the farms round here allow walkers round the periphery of their fields, whethere designated footpaths or not. Birdsong, lovely development of trees and hedgerows, friendly fellow-walkers (not many, but always with a cheerful greeting) all make me appreciate how good it has been to have time and incentive to go out and enjoy my surroundings. I look forward to the next chapter.


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