Today is Sunday 26th April

April 26th sticks in my mind because I know of at least two birthdays today, one to a fellow blogger and the other a child who pushed me beyond my boundaries (he’ll be 43 today).
It was also the day I was finally free from the nightmare debt of my previous relationship.

When Hubby and I first met, Sundays were always ‘our day’. We would visit both sets of parents on a Saturday, but Sunday was for us. We were both working, and needed some ‘our time’ with no need to have to consider anyone else. We didn’t use to do a lot, a trip to the New Forest with the dog,  or maybe down to a small beach we knew just beyond Rockley Sands and so away from the holiday crowds in the summer.
We had a few special places in the Forest, and shortly after we got together kind of ‘adopted’ an old Elm tree in the middle of nowhere about a mile in from the car park. We would take decorations to it at Christmas and collect them at New Year, totally intact and undisturbed by human or animals alike. It became symbolic of our life having taken a fair few knocks and beatings over the years we visited. We’d buried two bottles in the roots, and always said that as long as the tree stood, we would be together. We calculated its age at about 127 years I think.
Things changed and charges were introduced for the car parks. Then some horrible disease affecting dogs began to take hold and we didn’t go again. The chances are our tree is still there, but although we know where to park and how to get to it, it would be too far for us to walk to it now.

Today will be like any other, a month of Sundays is an apt expression for how things are just now. When working, we’d look forward to the weekend, and after retiring, every day was a weekend! We can work out in the garden, go further afield to shop, but we don’t need anything yet so why bother, and if we want to go for a walk, we have our lovely beach and of course the park.
It would appear that holidaymakers are coming here though as we saw several caravans on site about two miles up the road. It explains why the supermarket shelves aren’t as well stocked as all entertainment venues are closed, so all they can do is sit, eat, and drink in front of a different TV on a different couch.
I remember a caravan holiday when I was a child where it rained practically every day.
The caravan was cold as it had no heating, certainly no bathroom, and the beds had to be made up every night. Everything was damp and running with condensation, we had no TV or radio, and had to rely on card or board games to keep us occupied. There was no such thing as hook ups then, and lighting was those funny filament things with mantels and lamp oil. It was our first (and last) caravan holiday as a family, and any holidays after that was camping, which actually was much better and more fun!

Have a lovely Sunday everyone. Keep safe.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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14 Responses to Today is Sunday 26th April

  1. blindzanygirl says:

    Love the idea of that tree Di. Have a nice Sunday x

  2. Liz says:

    I have read on more than one ocassion that parks and holiday have to be closed to visitors. If anyone sees anyone not observing that, they can be reported. They have to stay at home.

    I read a fortnight ago how a family from Nottingham decided to travel to the coast for the day and so they got in trouble for that. (I can’t remember if I have mentioned to you this before.) I think they went to Lincolnshire. They went somewhere on the coast.

    • They did indeed come to Lincolnshire and were picked up about 8 miles from us. Our park and beach have remained open, but all caravan parks and holidays complexes were shut. Seems one has reopened not far from us as we saw several caravans parked up in the bays and they weren’t there last week.

      • Liz says:

        That one that’s reopened not far from you surely should not be open. They need to be reported. Not fair on the rest of you following Government rules and them just flouting it.
        They still had to trave to get there. Something they shouldn’t be doing. I would personally mention it to police.

      • Might be worth a word………….

  3. fransiweinstein says:

    The same thing happened to me when I gave up full time work for freelance. It actually took a while before I realized I didn’t have to do grocery shopping and other chores just on Saturdays any more. As long as my deadlines are met, I can do whatever has to be done whenever I choose. I must say I enjoy the freedom. Have a good day Di and stay safe.

  4. Adopting a tree sounds great. I like the idea. Stay safe, Di.

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