IT’S THE LAST DAY OF APRIL!!
This means that it’s an auspicious day – TWO MONTHS since I started doing this blog. At the beginning, I wondered whether I had enough interesting stuff to last me 2 weeks … but one sixth of the year has gone, and I have to say that I have never struggled for something to say! This is supposed to be just a diary of an exiled Grannie, and as such, is not guaranteed to supply a glimpse into an exotic lifestyle: I just want my grandchildren to be able to read it in 50 year’s time and know what their Grannie was like! One thing I can’t tell them enough, and that is that I miss them all every single day, and wish I could spend a lot more time with them .
We like Saturdays – I have said that before! I may start repeating myself now that I am on my sixty first day, naturally, but I shall just plead advanced age as an excuse.
Today, the weather started as per forecast – gloomy – but soon the sun overcame all obstacles to shine quite nicely. I immediately felt hugely better and quite ashamed that I gave way to the glooms yesterday. I always suspected that I was a victim of SAD – seasonal affective disorder ! Rain always makes me sneeze and snuffle, and I thought I was the only one, but apparently a cause for this has been found. Moisture makes the pollen grains burst and become more lethal to allergy sufferers, and loads of people suffer like me. Sun makes me happy and gloom makes me miserable – I live with it. If lack of sun is my circumstance, I should be able to decide to still be happy, and usually I can do this….but not always.
Luckily, the sun was out at lunchtime, so after we had been to Benissa to do the weekend shopping, we were able to sit outside and enjoy the home-made bread I had made for our lunch. Mmmm – spelt flour with just enough white flour to keep it all together. With cheese and lots of lettuce – perfect lunch!
What a week it has been for news! First we had the doctors’ strike – the first all-out strike in the NHS.. Then we had everyone going bananas over the coming election for staying in or coming out of the EU.. I am old enough to remember going INTO the “Common Market” and being what seemed like a lone voice saying that it was wrong. Countries like standing on their own feet and establishing their own identity. Look at Wales and Scotland, look at the Basque Country and many more little countries fighting for years and years to regain their sovereignty.
Then we had Barack Obama telling us that we should stay in the EU – what a sauce!
Then we had lots of arguments after the Labour party suspended MP Naz Shah and ex-London mayor Ken Livingstone amid anti-Semitism claims. Jeremy Corbyn didn’t seem to know what to do.
Then there are people on the tele looking worried about some local elections next week. The Conservatives still are in the mire about the Panama Papers and now the Labour lot are in trouble, so the name of Nigel Farage is floating about again and frightening people.
But the most heartening news of the week came this morning ! This is what the Telegraph said ..
“It’s one of the physics world’s most powerful machines but it has taken just a small weasel to put the Large Hadron Collider out of action.
Researchers discovered the weasel had gnawed through a high-voltage cable which powers the world’s strongest scientific instrument on Thursday.”
THE BIGGEST MACHINE IN THE WORLD – PUT OUT OF ACTION FOR DAYS AND DAYS BY A LITTLE TEENY ANIMAL !!
What a great David-and-Goliath story!!
Two more heartening bits of news –
Kenya has burnt 105 tonnes of ivory this week to send a message to the those participating in this gory trade that ivory is worth nothing compared to the lives of the glorious animals that die to give it up. And Tesco has threatened to ban John West tuna from their shelves if the company don’t get a whole lot eco-friendlier.
One reason I was on edge yesterday was due to my rising blood pressure. Up to 171/78. Serious stuff, but I just don’t want to put those devious and damaging statins into my body. I shall work hard to master it in my own way. It’s MY body, and as the great Shirley says – ” this is MY life !”
YES – this is who I see when I look into the mirror!!