Monday, 26 May 2008

Speed and Umbrellas

Just when I thought the good warm British summer weather was here, I've had to put plants back in the Greenhouse for protection. The garden umbrella, (too large and heavy for me to erect myself, but put in place with the help of daughter and partner), has tilted over and is precariously balancing across the wooden table and about to fly off to Never-land.

The cats won't go outside, but sit by the French window with legs crossed. Birds try to alight on the Bird Feeder but end up flying off at right-angles across the Farmer's field. Poppy heads have snapped off and the garden swing is really swinging. I'm about to look after my two grandsons for the coming week (half-term seemed to come along very quickly), and I don't really want them cooped up in the house all week. Having said all this, I have a roof over my head, am not injured, lost or without food and water, so what am I complaining about? Nothing! I'm still here, still breathing, still waiting to find my way on the long road of grief, but thankful that my life is not a whole lot worse.

I attended the Speed Awareness course last Friday, along with about twenty-something others and for two and a half hours we listened and completed our computer-based speed awareness test and watched videos of the effect of speeding. It was a better course than I'd imagined and I was not arrogant enough to sit with arms folded, legs crossed and unwilling to participate, as some were. We were all offenders of driving at between 34 - 38 mph in a 30 mph zone. At least I don't have 3 points on my license and I have learnt a few things that may prevent me from causing a child to die.

There goes the umbrella... off into the grey, wet evening.


Puddock said...

I didn't have you down as a speed merchant Jenny!

At the risk of making you more miserable, we are in late-evening sunshine here. We haven't had rain for weeks and, although it's been pretty chilly in the mornings, we have had lovely afternoons for ages too - sorry!

abdelmoaty said...

a beautiful blog ,looking like a page form a rich romantic novel
أرملة غارقة في الحزن على زوجها وتوأم روحها تتسلى بالزهور والعبير والهدوء عن الحنين الموجع

JennyB said...

Thank you abdelmoaty for the lovely comment.

Rain has stopped today and water-butts are overflowing and umbrella is back in its hole in the table thanks to two grandsons help. More rain forecast tomorrow!!!

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