Yesterday, when I went to Bognor, it was a spur-of-the-moment decision, when I saw the weather forecast, which said that Bognor would be the warmest place in the UK. The hotspots today are Heathrow, Salisbury, Birmingham, Harlow and Barnsley. I hsven’t been to Salisbury for years, but I don’t think I’ll be going today. But who knows?
So every day, I look at the news and the weather and decide where I might go, if I feel a trip coming on.
I also try to sign up to offers, I get from places like Liverpool University.
It is a mildly exciting way to live.
The hornbeam outside my house has got catkins.
At last we’re beginning to see flowers on the trees.
I took this picture yesterday morning, as I walked through the are to my doctor’s for a B12 injection.
Last year, at this time of the year, there would be a lot more colour and leaves around. It really has been a bad winter.
Although, it was good to see the gardeners setting up the garden for Spring.
I don’t think many would associate this quiet and pleasant square with the inner London borough of Hackney. But then Hackney is one of the inner boroughs with most green spaces.
I t0ok this picture on the top of the North Terminal at Gatwick, as I walked into Departures.
Some people never learn. Or even want to!
On a serious note, I wonder how many have given up smoking this winter, as they don’t like being banished to the cold from their workplace or home.
Carluccio’s in St. Pancras Station has started issuing customers with blankets.
I’m not sure, but I’ve used that restaurant for some years now and I’ve never seen the blankets before. A few customers outside had the blankets wrapped snuggly over their laps and around their legs.
Has this winter been that bad? Or are we all getting soft and feel the cold more?
I did find the blankets mentioned in Trip Advisor for March 20th this year.
The Times today makes a joke on the business pages about builders in wet February and freezing March, sitting around in huts drinking tea.
I must admit my consumption, has been very high in recent months.
So should we put our money where our mouth sups and invest in tea shares?
I was going to Waterloo and the way I often go is to take the 38 bus to Piccadilly Circus and then get the Bakerloo line direct to the station.
But you don’t normally get snow showers in April!
At Millwall yesterday, we sat in the North Stand and could see this on the top of the stand opposite.
Cold Blow Lane was the location and name of the old Den.
However, yesterday it would have been an ideal name for their current ground. Look at these flags on the East Stand.
They are standing out ram-rob straight right across the pitch due to the biting easterly wind.
If you look at the shape of the roof, it might even act like a wing and create all sorts of vortices and downdraughts.
Whatever though, the cold and wind ruined the match.
For a lot of the time, play was consistently in front of the West stand, as the ball was blown across, with long sequences of throws-in. Passing was awful on both sides and the match is summed up by the score, as no-one seemed to be able to get a decent shot on goal.
Ipswich nearly scored an unusual goal. This is from the BBC report.
But Ipswich, themselves unbeaten in three games, came back into the match and nearly took a bizarre lead when Forde’s poor clearance fell to Hyam, whose 50-yard lob was headed clear by Millwall defender Mark Beevers.
Until, this point, Town were playing extremely badly and every clearance seemed to go to Millwall.
After the match, I talked to a couple of Millwall supporters. They said that they’d had several matches like this and this was the fourth goal-less draw. They all said that the pitch was rock hard, hence the watering at half-time.
Cricket may have Rain Stopped Play, but Millwall seem to have other weather related problems.
The match may have cost me only £17, but I would have enjoyed myself more if I gone to bed for the afternoon.
On Friday, back in London, I was out and about in the morning doing a bit of shopping.
I saw a lot more sun in those few hours, than I did on ten days of the cruise.