Saturday 2 May

Like many other people under this period of lockdown, I have been spending more time on housework than would normally be my inclination. We will all have sparkling windows, dusted shelves, tidy bookcases, organised larders…… I confess with some chagrin that I pulled out the settee and found 2 Christmas tree decorations lurking, and some pine needles. Well c’mon, it’s only May!

Today was beautifully sunny although a bit cool, but I went for a much longer walk. I find it enormously refreshing to be in the open air, listening to the birds, looking at the flowers and the fresh green of all the new leaves. It must be the vitamin D in the sunlight which does me so much good: it allegedly plays a great role in alleviating depression. Not that I am particularly depressed, but I have to say that the prospect of another 6 weeks like the 6 weeks which have just passed, is not the most fascinating.

Today’s earrings are small hoops with tiny beads of a variety of shades of blue. I cannot exactly remember where they came from, I think from a grateful student. When I was teaching English as a second language at a local Sixth Form College, I had many students who were refugees or asylum seekers, and I became very committed to the particular problems which they faced. Over time, I got to know some of them very well, and as a result, I sometimes received a Christmas gift and I believe these earrings were such.

I visited a farm shop and bought some local asparagus, which we ate this evening and was perfectly delicious. I have been thinking about the amount of food which is imported, about 86% I read somewhere. I bought some mange tout, Guatemala, kiwi fruit, Peru. This is absurd, we have to become more self sufficient. I heard that the flower farms by Lake Naivasha, Kenya, where I lived for a short while, are collapsing because the market at Tesco and Sainsbury has dropped away as there are no flights. This is a total disaster for the local population who are employed at the farms. You could say, turn them over to beans, which some already have, but then the same problem remains, export. I just hope they may plant food crops which will feed the local population, who are poor at the best of times. The ripple effect of Covid 19 is undeniably immense.

2 thoughts on “Saturday 2 May

  1. Jenny, your blog inspired me to walk this morning. I had not been doing that as I was using the morning hours to garden and the afternoons have been too warm. Very sunny and warm today. I think we may already be transitioning from Spring to Summer. High winds on Easter blew the dogwood blossoms off the trees and the azaleas are all spent, unless perhaps there are some late spring bloomers yet to show their lovely flowers. At the moment, we have only Lenten Roses in bloom but the daylilies look as though they will burst forth presently. At this time of year, we usually ride through the North Carolina mountains to enjoy the pink and white show provided by the Mountain Laurel in the forests. I find myself dwelling on missing that very special treat. Going to sit on the front porch swing and dive back into Cromwell’s tribulations as presented in Mantel’s most recent novel. That will surely take my mind off foregone pleasures!



    1. Dear Janice, it is so lovely to read about the flowers which you have there. Different from ours. And also it would seem that the weather is much warmer! I will check up on a picture of mountain laurel, I don’t know what that is.
      I have to admit I struggle with Hilary Mantel so good luck with the latest. It will probably see you out of lockdown with 800 pages!


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