Friday 12 February

I am reliably informed that today’s date is both palindromic and an ambigram, meaning you can stand on your head and it will look the same.

I don’t know why I find these things so fascinating, but I do. My nephew’s birthday next year will be 22.2.22, how about that?

To my great delight I have discovered that the little picture framer in South Croydon who frames the samplers I embroider, is operating a sort of click and collect service. He is a tiny concern and I was very much afraid he would go to the wall in lockdown, but knowing he is in business has spurred me on to try and finish my piece of embroidery as soon as possible.

This afternoon I returned to Lloyd Park with Yannis. The wind chill made it feel like -6C but we did a good circuit and he was really pleased to be out and about. Home schooling and play station mean so much time in front of a screen. His older brother, age 17, is in danger of becoming very torpid (see yesterday’s blog) or spuddling ( see comments). A sadly common complaint about teenagers in lockdown.

Very many thanks for all the comments, I think anyone can access them. I try to reply to everyone, there are now 185 comments and replies. My daily readership seems to average about 50 which is very nice. Stats can also be seen I believe. Thank you so much for being loyal followers. Any feedback is tremendous, keep it coming.

Today’s Times carried the obituary of Osian Ellis who died in January at the age of 92. I think he was probably the first classical harpist I was ever aware of. He worked closely with Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears and they succeeded in bringing the harp to the public’s attention.

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