Wednesday 8 November 2023

Wednesday, 08-11-23

Good morning, everyone, and welcome to a soggy wet Wednesday morning.  A bit of a slap in the face after two such lovely, sunny days but - well, it is November, after all.

As Thomas Hood wrote.

No sun—no moon!
No morn—no noon—
No dawn—
No sky—no earthly view—
No distance looking blue—
No road—no street—no "t'other side the way"—
No end to any Row—
No indications where the Crescents go—
No top to any steeple—
No recognitions of familiar people—
No courtesies for showing 'em—
No knowing 'em!
No traveling at all—no locomotion,
No inkling of the way—no notion—
"No go"—by land or ocean—
No mail—no post—
No news from any foreign coast—
No park—no ring—no afternoon gentility—
No company—no nobility—
No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
No comfortable feel in any member—
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds,

I remember so enjoying this at school - until the teacher set homework to regurgitate what she had told us.  I'd have loved her to set us to writing our own version.  But then that would have been a nightmare for others, I guess.

Anyway . . . moving on . . .

You will be glad to know I braved the bus (first time since lockdown! Why has it taken me so long?), got myself into town and had a good old meander around before getting the thermals I went in for from M&S.  I also got a couple of other things I had on my list.  A pair of 'winter' pjs - long sleeves and thicker fabric - and a watch.  The only watch I have is a fitness thingy and I rather fancied getting something prettier for evening/going out.  Now, if I'd been prepared to spend around the £300 mark, there were loads but no way, but I found one in Next which was pretty much what I had in mind.  
So I came home very satisfied.

No garden room work yesterday.  They missed a couple of really nice days.  Oh, well . . .  Fingers crossed for today.  Not that happy about the delay though.

Today, I have two things in the diary.  I have personal training later on and a governors' meeting in the evening.  I might pop out at some point to do something or I might stay in and be warm and cosy.  We will see.

What's it like your way?  xx


  1. Awesome on braving the bus! We are about to leave on a tour and I'm scared about it.

    1. Good luck with it - I hope you have a lovely time. I really like that someone else is doing the driving! xx

  2. I like that poem!

    Glad you were able to get out and get the bus. I miss having a good old look around town.

    1. Me too.
      Yes, it was good. I'm sorry it has taken so long to get round to it again. xx

  3. Hello Joy it’s Christine we met at the Folk Art session. You liked my crochet cardigan. I shall be phoning you with some news today.

    1. Hi, Christine. Yes, I remember you. iot was lovely to meet and I'm looking forward to seeing you again at the next one, you and Suze.
      Please would you text rather than phone because of my hearing issues. I know I'm a pain, sorry. xx

  4. I have started using the train again recently because sometimes the car just isn’t practical. The workmen not turning up sounds about par for the course nowadays. We had a new junction box fitted recently and we had to keep chasing up the two men to come and finish the job properly. Catriona

    1. They were here by eight today and look thoroughly dripping wet but there you go!! It was actually really nice taking the bus. And cheaper, of course. xx

  5. The watch sounds just the job, I find it hard to understand why anyone would spend a lot of money on a watch .......
    Our weather isn't bad today, a welcome drop in the wind and rain.
    Alison in Wales x

    1. I was happy to find it. I suppose if you're wanting really top end - but I don't move in circles like that (than goodness!) xx

  6. I like the poem - I must have read it years ago. I'm glad the men have turned up again today. They'll be happier once they're working inside. x x x

    1. It's a good one, isn't it? Very atmospheric. I am so glad we don't get winter smogs any more. xx