“What is this life, if full of care, We have no time to stand and stare.” A poem by W H Davies which many of us will have learned in primary school. But recently has sprung to mind more often, as I stand and stare at blossom, new leaves, emerging bean plants, horses in the field. I am by nature a rather restless person, inclined to dash around all over the place, engage in new projects, make plans for holidays, meeting with friends. But lockdown has forced me to slow down, and it is not all bad. If lockdown were miraculously totally lifted tomorrow, I wonder if I would immediately return to my previous lifestyle? Jump on a train, go to London, visit a museum, out to lunch, go to the theatre? I am not sure that I would. Anyway, I haven’t got to the end of my to-do list yet!
On my walk today I saw this metal sign, now almost lost in the undergrowth. Urban District Councils have not existed for a long time I think, and Carshalton is now part of Sutton. We live right on the edge of Croydon: the Sutton boundary is at the bottom of our garden. I pass this on my walk towards Oaks Park, along the edge of Woodcote golf course. I have to say that the golf course is being fantastically well maintained. The grass is cut, the sand is raked, it all looks amazing. The golfers will be delighted to get back to it. Perhaps sooner rather than later, in that social distancing would not be so hard to observe.
The earrings are another pair of Charles Rennie Mackintosh in silver. They are long oblongs with a kind of grid pattern. I had quite a craze for CRM’s work at one time, and have a necklace and bracelet too. It was heartrending to read of the two fires which virtually destroyed the Glasgow School of Art. Maybe no longer top of the list of priorities to be restored.