This afternoon, I was sitting in Starbucks, waiting for the clock to tick around to my hairdresser appointment when I overheard two old chaps (older than me anyway) discussing the pros and cons of various different smartphones. And it wasn’t the usual lack of understanding or even desire to have one. In fact they both really knew their stuff. From the new Google phone to the Galaxy S8 to the new iPhone X series, it was like listening to a professional review. It was a joy.
Technologically, it was an annoying morning with my Skype call to mum being interrupted a number of times because of connection problems. I had decided to sit at the dining table but the wifi signal wasn’t happy with that. Eventually I moved into the Library and everything was fine.
Stupid carbon rod!
After our chat, I headed up the park with the girls for an early walk. I was amazed at the number of dog walkers there are at just gone 11am. Normally we go after lunch.
Also, I spoke to a woman (the owner of Fraser, a marvellous Labra-doodle) who agreed. She normally walks him first thing in the morning and usually sees no-one at all.
Most notable in the park this morning were the blank spaces where once benches had been. I wrote a few weeks ago about the threatened removal of three benches from the park and now they’ve done it. Well, two of them anyway. The third clearly had a stay of execution.
All that remains of the old benches are patches in the grass. Eventually they won’t even be there as the old and removed concrete bases become overgrown and invisible.
After a lot of running around after her tennis ball, Emma decided it was time to go home. Fortunately this coincided with the time for me to prepare for my lunch date.
For the first time in (the usual) long time, I was having lunch with Dawn. Apart from the obvious pleasure of spending a lunch time in her company, it was also to thank her for the transcription work she recently completed for Mirinda.
We went to Bloom, a new tapas type place which recently took up residence in the premises vacated by Prezzo. And it was very good. Sadly (for them) we were the only ones there for most of our visit though a couple turned up later. I hope they do well because the staff is very keen, the food is excellent and the location ideal.
However, like all good things, our time together drew to a close and I walked her back to her car before heading for Starbucks.
Then I went for my 12 week hair cut and fun hour with Cacheta.