It was a positively glorious morning first thing! So much so that I (almost) leapt out of bed, got washed and dressed, then took the dog out for an hour before breakfast.
The pontoon was a white carpet of frost and it was nippy, so I was glad of my gloves, but my pace was brisk and I didn’t get chilled.
Fridays appear to be dog bin emptying days. This is the second in a row I have seen the guy in his van replacing the bin liners, and he offered me first virgin drop of the day as I approached with my offering. The previous bag was still open on the path, so I dropped my ‘treasure’ inside.
There were lots of things jostling for attention in my head this morning, one of the reasons I wanted to walk.
A comment on an earlier post set me thinking and in turn my mind turned to poetry.
Having passed a lot of youngsters on their way to school, by the time I passed the playground for a second time, all was quiet and it felt weird, especially after yesterday.
Maggie and I did an extra twist to our figure of eight, adding a new road to our route which covered the back of the estate. I thought at first the owners of one particular house had decided to distinguish it from the others by having a bay window. This was disproved as several other intermittent properties also had bays, so it was a developers design. It reminded me of our bungalow before we moved to Lincolnshire, as it was one of only three of that particular style in the road.
Several properties along here have had extensions, either adding a garage or putting a room over an existing one. Two had converted their garage to living space, and another had combined their lounge and garage frontage. These days, it’s often more practical to extend your home than move house after taking into account legal fees and moving costs, not to mention the extra chunk you have to give to the government in stamp duty.
Houses met at a right angle in the corner (or should I say their gardens/drives did) but the road swept round in a curve, giving what was probably a children’s play area in the beginning but is now used as an overflow car park for the extra vehicles required by each household.
I intended to make my cards today, so that meant putting up the table and spreading myself out a bit. I only have the one box of trimmings now, and true to form, the bits I wanted were at the bottom. One design was quite tricky in that it had an oval border which was included in the layering. It was so narrow, it was difficult to cut the padded tape small enough, so I only used one instead of the three in the kit. It didn’t help that my hands were playing up today and it was hard to grip anything, but I think they’ve turned out OK.
I shall post them late next week so that they have plenty of time to arrive for Mother’s Day on the 15th. Here in the UK we celebrate this in March, but elsewhere it’s in May. I don’t know why it’s different here. Anyway, I hope the recipients like them.