Time to Think

Julia came home from work with Bear Claws tonight.  In case you aren’t familiar with th eterm, this means that she brought fruit-filled danish pastries home. They are a treat and not a terrible deformity.

We sat round the fire, drew the curtains and reverted to winter, in  much the same way as the weather has done ever since I said that Spring was here. Tomorrow I was going to have  a walk, but the forecast is for rain, so I am reconsidering. Having lived as a recluse for the best part of a year I don’t really want to go out just to get wet. In fact I don’t want to go out. I’ve got used to having a lid on my life and I’m not sure about going out and just having sky overhead.

Stange how these things creep up on you. is it lockdown, or am I just becoming old?

I have been doing research on medals today for work. One was an interesting group –  aman who served 21 years in the Royal Army Medical Corps in the Boer War and Great War. He was decorated twice, wounded, had enteric fever, and became a publican after leaving the army.

His reward for for all his service – the death of his eldest son in 1941, serving in a second world war.

No mater how bad we may think things are, it sometimes serves us well to look back at history and see how much adversity other people had to face.

I note that daffodils are out now, and the crocuses don’t seem to be doing at all well.

Daffodils

 

 

 

 

19 thoughts on “Time to Think

  1. tootlepedal

    The message from your medal story is to try to avoid going to war. If this means grown up diplomacy and telling the truth to the nation, then it would be good to try that for a change.

    I am sorry about your lack lustre crocuses. Ours have given up for the moment as it is too cold for them.

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    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      Yes, temperature might be putting them off here too.

      Diplomacy is a strange thing – it enables us to sit down with terrorists (or freedom fighters, as they see themselves) who have killed British soldiers, but won’t let us sit down with people who have oil…

      Curious.

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  2. Beth

    Initially, I felt elated at the prospect of having to stay at home. The children returning to school has, for me, been a blessing in disguise… it has forced me to get back out there a little more. 🙂

    Although, I’ll be fair, when you said Julia came home with bear claws, I thought you were insinuating she was in a terrible mood. 🙂

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  3. Lavinia Ross

    What I knew as Bear’s Claws pastries over here were flaky pastries with lemony cheesecake filling in them. Haven’t had them in years. They were good as I remember. There was a local bakery who made them fresh every morning. Good with tea and cream. That was a long, long, time ago. 🙂

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  4. Laurie Graves

    I feel exactly the same way as you do about being a recluse and not wanting to go out. I am perfectly content to stay home and work on my projects while Clif goes out to do errands. Come good weather, we can have friends over for visits on the patio. I guess that’s enough for me. On another subject…we have begun watching The Great Pottery Throwdown, and we like it very much.

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      1. Laurie Graves

        Same. And the series does a good job of showing the various personalities, which is what makes the show sparkle. Along with the work, of course.

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