Day 38 - politics
Thursday, 07 October 2010
I haven't blogged for a bit because of a series of both fortunate and unfortunate events:
- I've been so busy with real work that my feet haven't touched the ground (fortunate because I've enjoyed the work and the cash is handy, unfortunate because I haven't been able to blog and I've let my domestic duties slip - the house is a tip).
- I took a short trip to Southwold with Ida and my parents (fortunate in every way).
- I've been ill with a most severe strain of Man Flu (unfortunate in every way).
Never mind, I'm here now and I'm going to write about politics. Yes, it's a huge surprise to me, too. Anyone who's familiar with my political views knows they usually extend to, "I hate them all [politicians], let's emigrate," and that's about it. However, I'm feeling very compelled because I'm delighted with this:
Okay, I know this tree isn't very political, but it is worthy of a few words. It's directly opposite my house, I can see it from the kitchen window when I'm washing up and I'm in love with it's sudden spectacular show of red. It was planted by Southend on Sea Borough Council
last winter and, as far as I can remember, it's about the only government-related thing I've ever shown an interest in, let alone be thrilled by. I'm delighted that the council is planting new trees and am really pleased they're choosing such beautiful varieties – they've gone up in my estimations. Our local park is also stonking, with border after border of gorgeous bedding, and it's somewhere Ida and me spend lots of time. Here's a shot of a nicotiana-filled bed I snapped on my phone in the summer. See, it's gorgeous:
But how long's it going to last? Will this bloody dreadful Tory regime see an end to tree planting and a reduction in parks-department budgets? I suspect so. If they can come up with such a ludicrous way of deciding which families are entitled to child benefit
, I guess anything's possible. And then we might just emigrate.
Until next time...
Ooh, one more thing. If you've just read my blog please tell me you have by leaving a comment. It doesn't have to be anything profound, ' I read this' and your name will do. It's just that so many people are telling me they're reading my ramblings, but I've got no idea who really is!