Monday, March 4, 2019
Remember that niche in the garden wall where I found approximately 17 snails bedded down for the winter? Well, we've had a couple of days of rain, and when I looked at the niche yesterday nearly all the snails had vanished. It's as if one of them sent a telepathic snail message that said "Evacuate!" and they all slithered for the hills. Only four laggards are still hanging around.
Amazing what a little moisture will do.
I guess I missed my chance to relocate them to the Heath. Remind me of this when I'm complaining about snails later this summer.
Yesterday I got a visit from my friend Carolyn, who I haven't seen for more than 20 years! We were in the Peace Corps together in Morocco in the early '90s. She's passing through London on the way to India, and she came up to West Hampstead for the day. We took Olga to Hampstead Heath -- thank goodness Carolyn likes a long walk and doesn't mind damp British weather -- and then had lunch with Dave at our local pub. It was terrific to see her. We last saw each other in 1997, I think, when we went hiking with two other friends in the Adirondacks. A lot has happened since then -- she's got a partner and a child and is adopting another child, and meanwhile has held a variety of jobs in conservation and ecology. It was interesting to walk with her and talk about how we can better care for the planet (and to vent our frustrations at our politicians).
Another Peace Corps friend, Dina, is coming to London at the end of this month. She went home early during our Morocco experience, so I haven't seen her for even longer -- approximately 27 years! That will be interesting!