With every paper I'd deliver
Bad news on the doorstep
I couldn't take one more step
And so now we are in February. Here in the northern hemisphere the days are lengthening and lightening. As I write, the sky above is blue and the sun is shining down with bright hope for the future.
Last night I left a chicken carcass on our lawn as is my habit whenever we have had a roast chicken dinner. Usually, it is gone by the morning as if by magic - taken away by grateful urban foxes. However, when I opened the curtains this morning the ravaged chicken had a mischief or gulp of magpies around it. They are such clever, opportunistic birds.
More than nine million British people have received their first anti-COVID inoculation. At this rate I will be in line for my first jab by the end of this month. I cannot wait and I will march to the vaccination venue with my sleeve rolled up singing a happy song. I shall have no qualms at all and I urge any doubters out there to forget all the anti-vaxx nonsense. Wise up! Get the jab when it is your turn! It's not just a jab for you, it's for your fellow citizens too.
After I have had my shower, I hope to go somewhere for a walk. I prefer to take long walks in unfamiliar territory but nowadays I have to travel twenty miles or more to find such a location. This desire is partly linked with my keen photographic contributions to the geograph website. If you explore that site you will see thousands of lovely pictures from all across The British Isles. It is quite a treasure chest.
We spoke with our son Ian via "Facetime" yesterday afternoon. He lives down in London so of course we have not seen him in ages. He is very keen to get up here to meet his brand new little niece. He looked and sounded good and his life seems all the better because he has a steady girlfriend now - Sarah. One day they may be the lead characters in a romantic novel - "Love in Lockdown". It has been a very strange time in which to forge a new relationship but in spite of COVID, life must go on. As February reminds us - love trumps everything.
And with this thought in mind, it's now time for that shower methinks.