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Published: March 9th 2020
At the moment we are in a funny old place . Life seems on hold . So many things are going on in our busy old lives. The election back end of last year, the leadership election , Brexit and now the leaders election for the Labour Party , the Transition period and floods - two storms and more on the way . Then there is Coronavirus . Shelves emptied of handwash , toilet rolls and pasta . The whole world seems to have gone mad and I want to jump off it .
John Aske a prominent Buddhist gave me a bit of inspiration today when I read my calendar offering . "Unhappiness and rain just drift by and are gone. They are visitors ". Ok the rain has only been drizzling today so that is a start . Maybe tomorrow it won't rain at all. We can only hope. Perhaps we will not be bombarded with debates from politicians , perhaps the bulk buyers will stop their ridiculous behaviour and who knows about Brexit? . That will rumble on . Will we need International Driving licences this year? We should not need them. Do we need Green Cards?
No we should not . How will we find Europe? Who knows? It is in lockdown in Italy and the numbers of people infected seem on the rise . We are counting down our holiday and hoping that we won't have to cancel .
So what have we done? Walked with an eye on the emergence of Spring. The trees are definately greener this week than they were last week. The catkins are blowing in the breeze. As I walked past the local school I noticed the sign that most people don't even notice . A sign that gave its origins and its year of construction. The soldier in the school grounds was made for the 1918 - 2018 celebrations. I was walked past him many times . He was made of metal and stood proud. How many people pass him without a thought.
We headed for Crystal Peaks . A shopping centre on the outskirts of Sheffield . It's been years since my last visit . We called last time at the Cinema to watch Captain Corellis Mandolin. Not being a shopaholic it was odd to wander round the shops with no intention to buy much. It seems nothing much is happening . However there is always a trip in the pipeline if you think hard enough about it. Down south perhaps . Chichester , Winchester and Salisbury .
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