Sunday, December 5, 2021
Of course, about 20 minutes after I posted yesterday, Blogger ironed out its photo problems! Oh well.
Above is a little pocket park in Hampstead called Oriel Place. It used to be fenced off and inaccessible -- here's a photo I took in February 2013 that shows what I mean. Within the last couple of years the council put some money -- raised from a local infrastructure levy -- into it and now people can sit on the benches beneath that magnificent old tree. I think it's an improvement but I believe the project was contentious for some. I hope the paving doesn't affect the tree's health.
I spent yesterday morning on a couple of projects -- routine stuff like laundry and plant maintenance, but also cleaning the interior of the front windows. This was a fairly major undertaking that involved moving everything on the windowsill and climbing up on a chair, but they look a million times better now. And since we bought the dehumidifier they hopefully won't become as grimy from condensation as they were.
I also read all of "Caddie Woodlawn," a fantastic Newbery book from 1935 about a girl growing up on the Wisconsin frontier in the 1860s. Such a refreshing change after some of the dogs I've read recently! It was like Laura Ingalls Wilder without the dubious references to Native Americans. In fact I wonder if Wilder's books prompted Carol Ryrie Brink to write this one, as it came out just a few years after "Little House in the Big Woods."
Finally, last night, I went to that pub gathering for the birthday of one of my co-workers. I took Olga along, thinking they'd all like to meet her, and I knew that way I wouldn't stay long. Olga wasn't thrilled about going out on a cold, dark night and tried several times to turn for home, but I finally got her to the pub (which involved a short trip on the Overground). Once there, she would not settle down and indeed I only stayed for two quick glasses of mulled wine before bringing her home again. Apparently Olga is not a night owl.
Oh, and Ratana stayed away yesterday! Could it be that he/she listened to me?!