Good Morning

img_1022

Bit of a cloudy morning, but at least there are clouds and not just a grey lid over everything. The ice saints are still with us and today it is the turn of St. Servatius. It will all finish on Friday with the Cold Sophie, St. Sophie, but not named after my mother-in-law, that was just a coincidence. The cold Sophie is the one that the farmers dread most of all and has a reputation of freezing a few growing crops.

img_1019

Yesterday early evening the sky had something more original to show and even the sun was making itself noticeable at the edges. However, during the night there were a few rain showers to dampen it all.

img_1009

Yesterday afternoon I was on an excursion to the local traffic authorities to organise my new driving licence. I still had the original, a paper form with a photo of a very young Mrs. Angloswiss. This is now only valid for the next two years, so armed with a new photo of a golden oldie version of me, I arrived. As the offices are situated next to the building where I worked for 30 years in a neighbouring village, I knew where to go, but even roads change over the years. It used to be a straight run on the main road, but now there have planted roundabouts on the road to negotiate. It also seemed to be that the road had got narrower, but my memory is no longer so fresh.

When I arrived at the entrance there were the general yellow lines to warn about keeping distances. As there were no further visitors I could enter with no problem, although there are some steep steps to climb to get to the office inside. Being handicapped this was not so easy to conquer for me, but there was a lift also available.

When I arrived in the office, there were at least ten windows marked for new driving licences, but 9 were closed. I was given a form to complete which was an easy job and she took my old driving licence, meaning I now have none to show if necessary. I told the lady I would like to keep the old licence as a memory, and she said they would return i but would be full of holes to prove that it was no longer valid. However the new credit card similar licence will be arriving within a day or two with the bill, so no problem. They used to issue them immediately but that has now changed as everything else seems to today. I arrived safely home, and just caught the beginnings of the evening traffic. Now that we no longer have such a strict lockdown the traffic has returned to the roads in full and it was stop and go on the way: sometimes lockdown has its advantages, but it again brought back memories of my life as a working woman.

Today is again a day of shopping where they let me out to meet people in the stores. Now store is written in plural as we are again free to wander from shop to shop, naturally keeping our safe distances and spraying your hands with alcohol when entering.

img_1008

I close with a floral greeting from my garden. I saw something glimmering red from my window and at a closer look realised that my first peony has opened and there will be many more to come. Keep safe, keep your distance and if necessary be masked.

11 thoughts on “Good Morning

  1. Here, after you pass 70, you have to get a new picture and an eye test. But the test is so easy I think I could have been blind and done it anyway. We (Garry and I) are supposed to get “official” national licenses that would enable us to fly — or have a valid passport. We all have passports, but none of us is planning to ever fly anywhere. I used to get sick every time I flew anywhere. Someone would cough or sneeze and before the plane landed, I’d be coming down with it. So you can imagine my feelings about it NOW.

    Our car hasn’t moved from it’s place in the driveway in a while, so Owen is driving it to work. Let it air out. See if the tires are still round ๐Ÿ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

    • Here it used to be 72 years for the golden oldie test, and afterwards every two years, but now it has been shiftted to 75 years old. I only changed my licence to get the new credit card version as mine would not longer be accepted in a couple of years and I though I would do it now. It’s all talk about summer holidays and when and if it will be possible, as if people have no other problems to solve. I am quite happy to sit at home and watch the world go by.

      Like

  2. When my Pa suggested to his grandmother that she stop driving, she got annoyed, and explained that she had been driving cars since they were invented, so knew more about operating them than anyone. She was not really that old, but liked to brag about it. At a time when ladies preferred to not drive, she drove because her husband lacked depth perception. My other great grandparents drove nothing that did not have a horse in front of it.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s