Not Quite What I Expected

It’s a good thing I took the frost photos yesterday because there was no frost today. We had a few drops of frozen rain, but so far no snow. I’m happy with that. Winter is dragging a bit, even if the weather has been unusually good this time.

There’s still time for snow – it’s not unusual in March and April – but I don’t mind it when things are warmer.

Nothing else of any importance occurred in my life. I’ve been lucky, other people haven’t been as fortunate.

In other news, the M3 motorway is closed by snow and Basingstoke is cut off. I hope all my blogging friends are safe and warm.

At the roundabout at the bottom of our road a car missed the curve and went through the fence, ending up in the High School Playing Fields. It could have been a lot worse.

Jeremy Hardy, a well-known comedian, died from cancer today. He was three years younger than me. Clive Swift also died. He was famous for playing a hen-pecked husband – you can see why I identify with him. He was the father of Joe Swift, the garden designer on Gardeners’ World. I didn’t know that, but it’s easy to see the resemblance once you know.

Time, I think, for a nice cup of tea, some warmth and some sandwich making. I have pickled shallots for tomorrow – they are likely to be the best bit of the day.




15 thoughts on “Not Quite What I Expected

  1. Clare Pooley

    A sad day. Both Jeremy Hardy and Clive Swift will be missed by me. Clive Swift was also the hen-pecked bishop in the 1982 Barchester Chronicles mini-series. He (Clive Swift, not the bishop) had an elder brother David Swift who was in Drop the Dead Donkey. Do you remember that?

    1. quercuscommunity

      I remember Drop the Dead Donkey though I didn’t know David Swift until I looked him up. A lot of people who are younger than my Dad seem to be dropping off the perch – including Albert Finney.

    1. quercuscommunity

      I wish I knew how to produce a grimacing face using my keyboard. 🙂

      Referee seems to have a problem with his eyesight – can see infringements on the green side of the spectrum.

      1. quercuscommunity

        I had to go out to pick Julia up from the railway station – just as Ireland were retaking the initiative. Pleasant surprise when I got home. Ref seemed better in second half. To be fair he’s a better ref than I could ever be.

  2. Lavinia Ross

    It does sound like time for a good cup of tea, a sandwich and some warmth, Quercus. Keep waking up on the right side of the ground, and all will be fine. Pickled shallots sound good too! 🙂


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