Back to Normal

I went for a haircut today.  Julia’s orders. Because of my lack of dress sense she’s keen on my looking as tidy as possible in case someone mistakes me fora tramp. I was going to do my own hair (it hasn’t been done since the start of lockdown) but it can be tricky getting it right so I agreed. I haven’t actually had my hair cut by anyone else for about ten or twelve years, when I had it done on a whim while was in the barber with the kids. For some reason they would never let me cut their hair.  The time before that was about 25 years ago. It’s saved me a fortune. Anyway, after enduring a conversation that hasn’t changed a lot in the last 25 years (despite the fact it’s a different barber from the one that did my hair in that shop 25 years ago), I was then charged a price that hasn’t changed a lot in the last 25 years. To be honest, I may start going there regularly as it’s so much tidier when someone else does it. And I had my eyebrows touched up. That’s when you know you are getting old.

The nurse who took my blood this morning is the mother of a kid who went all the way through school with my kids. He joined the army when he left school, went to work on cruise ships and liked the sea so much he’s now joined the Royal Navy. Quite an adventurous life so far. It was nice to catch up.

I also went shopping. They ask you to be considerate to their staff by wearing a mask (and most people do). Sadly, two of their staff and a security guard couldn’t be bothered to wear a mask. Makes you wonder why you bother. Also makes me wonder what message they think they are sending.

I’m now going to think about trimming my beard. If I’m careful I can tidy it enough to satisfy Julia whilst leaving it long enough to scare small children.

Oh, the shopping? I bought her some flowers. And a quiche. I’m back at work tomorrow and I fancy a slice of quiche.  also bought steak. I’m going to cook tonight. Baked potato, steak, salad. Looks good, virtually no effort. That’s my sort of cookery.

18 thoughts on “Back to Normal

  1. The Belmont Rooster

    I always wondered about cutting my own hair since I have been getting it cut very short for the past “several” years. I figured since it was thinking quite a bit (laughing) it looks much better being cut as short as possible. Well, when COVID came along, the local barber shop was closed and I started just shaving my head. It works much better than trying to cut it myself. The barber actually died of COVID… His hair cuts were less expensive than anywhere, so I have continued to shave my head once a week… Eye brows and hair in my ears seem to grow faster than the hair on my head.

  2. Lavinia Ross

    Glad you had a good nurse, and a chance to catch up with a fellow parent.

    Halloween is coming at the end of October. I don’t know if you celebrate that in the U.K. A long beard might be useful for scaring small trick-or-treaters. 🙂

  3. tootlepedal

    Hooray. I like the delicate balance between child scaring and neatness in the beard department. A tricky thing to pull off, I would think. Good to see that your heron is as grumpy as ours.

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      I think that’s why I’m drawn to herons. It’s nice that we have egrets now but they seem rather frivolous compared to herons.

      I’m approaching the beard with the eye of a sculptor, spending several days looking at it to see what lurks within. Julia has been rather unkind,suggesting a miserable old git lurks within . . .

  4. charliecountryboy

    Interesting, you must have used scissors to cut your hair, I’d probably take an ear off 😂 Glad you’re getting back to your old self though 😁 I use clippers as there’s hardly any hair there now. But I do remember mum taking me to the barbers and I asked for a Dave Clark Five haircut. I got short back and sides 😂

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      Clippers. Number One. Then I wash my hair with a flannel. I use scissors on the beard in well lit conditions when my hands are steady. 🙂

      After the Dave Clarke Five hair cut did he hand you the bits and pieces?


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