Saturday but less shopping than usual. Rather nice actually, especially as there is definitely a more relaxed attitude to social distancing, so keeping away from the main road and the shops made sense. Last night I was kept awake but a thumping bass somewhere near. A party I reckon. Also much more noise from the streets, people talking, some shouting, police helicopters. I love that people are feeling safer, but I fear it’s all too premature. The weather is fabulous and of course people want to be out and enjoying themselves. Tomorrow the temperature is due to drop, so I hope that makes people stay indoors, stop and think a minute.
The other day I started wondering where my bus pass was. I haven’t used it for more than a month. I found it in my duffel coat pocket. It was like a trip down memory lane. When we were out yesterday, had there not been an open loo at Westminster I thought I might rush home by bus. Bizarrely although we are told avoid public transport it looks safe because we are avoiding it so buses are empty, rarely do you see more than two or three people on one. I couldn’t see a single passenger on a train that hurtled past us yesterday. It’s oxymoronic. If we started using them because they are empty and therefore safe, they become unsafe. But oh the temptation to take a train to the Surrey Hills and walk. Boots and backpack might be a bit of a give-away that travel was not essential. And then there would be the guilt.
Returning via parks and back streets from Elephant Sainsbury’s the only people I spoke to had dogs. I have noticed that if you smile at someone’s pet, that person smiles at you. Nice.
In Faraday Gardens I rather fell for a Yorkiepoo called Pippa. She was trying to get her person to play ball with her, but he had met a friend and was having a chat. Her persistence paid off in the end. I stopped and watched her for several minutes, and her owner told me she is only twelve months old, and a wonderful dog. His mother says she must have been a human being in a previous life, she understands people so well. Last night when MasterB wanted to go out there was a very young Doberman puppy being walked. To my surprise, MasterB didn’t turn a hair. Maybe we could have a dog one day!
Tonight I am enjoying listening to The Big Knight In, there’s still half an hour to go, but if you’ve missed you can catch up on YouTube later. It’s all very local, my mate Danny is DJ-ing, and I am proud to be a part of the fabulous community that is Walworth.
To end, here are four photos from yesterday.
Stay safe, keep well.