Lockdown continues even if it’s not as strict as before. I’ve still been walking locally. I haven’t ventured far from home at all really, only a couple of miles. The weather was still lovely at the start of this week, so that helped. I spent a lot of time outside.
I had an outdoor drink with my neighbours one night which led to me discovering what this plant was. It’s been self seeding itself in my garden and I quite like the foliage, so I’ve not been too quick to dig it up. It turns out its a tree peony and it grows to a quite sizeable, but handsome, shrub with big yellow flowers. I think I’ll just keep one of them in my flower border and get rid of the ones in my fruit patch.
I’m still reading, but that’s slowed a bit. I think it’s because I’m less keen on what I’m reading. The main problem is the Noughts & Crosses book. This has been televised lately and it has won awards. It’s a really interesting and challenging premise for a book, but to me it seems very clunky in its writing style (its a Young Adult book and I find this is often the case with them – I do read quite a few). I am determined to finish it, but I’m not getting through it so fast and I’ve already decided not to bother with the sequel. The poetry book is one that I bought many years ago (pre H) when I visited Wigtown in Scotland whilst on holiday. Wigtown is a bit like Hay-on-Wye in Wales, as it is full of bookshops and its Scotland’s book town. I’ve never read the book, but always meant to, so I am working my way through it now. It’s slow going, but I’d expect that as I don’t think you can read pages of pages of poetry in one go. It’s been quite a few years since I’ve attempted any poetry, but lockdown seemed like the perfect time to try some more. The only books I have been skipping through are these collections of Sherlock Holmes short stories. I’ve already read the two on the right and I’m a good way through the one on the top of the left hand pile. I’ve read some of them before I’m sure, but not for ages. These books were free with vouchers from the Radio Times a few years back, but they have been sat on the shelf unread since then.
This wasn’t taken this week, so it’s a bit of a cheat. I’ve been scanning in old pictures to share with my university friends (I’ve been having a virtual drink with them most weeks during lockdown). This week we were sharing pics and trying to guess the occasion. Some haven’t got many photos from that time, so it seemed nice to share. I seemed to have quite a few. I can remember saving up from my Saturday job at Tescos to buy a camera. It was one of my most expensive possessions at the time (this was pre mobile phones and before the days when every student had a computer) and I think it cost about £80. Luckily it was quite a good camera, so the pictures seem to have scanned in well. I gave them the odd crop and a bit of red eye treatment, via my usual photo editing program, and shared them with the group on WhatsApp. This picture was taken on a trip to the Low Countries with a friend (it was a sort of mini-inter-rail trip). Both of us seem to be wearing that style of jeans in the photos, so it must have been quite the thing. I’ve forgotten which town or city this was – does anyone know? We visited quite a few places in Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg.