A night of peaceful slumber, broken only by the town drunk yelling at his personal windmills, saw me wake twenty minutes before six. The bright sunshine brought out the deep green in the grass all across the park. Birds chirruped as they danced through the branches, nibbling the buds on the trees, high overhead an airliner sped east, leaving an ever so slight trail across the bright blue of the morning sky. I decided to rise, threw aside the newspapers that I had kept to keep me warm all night, and left the damp park bench in search of breakfast.
Having fought two crows and one raven over the leavings from a polystyrene food container I reached for the bike and decided this might be a good day for exercise. Before leaving I checked the e-mail and slung a cup of cheap tea down my throat. Actually slung was the correct word as I dropped it and spilt tea all over the laptop! "Dearie, dearie me," I said. That explains the tea stains on the page you are reading.
While the rising sun blinded those heading towards its rising this did not prevent the north wind from chilling my hands as I raced slowly along the old railway line. I was so early only two dogs were walking their owners at that time. This fine brown horse awaited me as I neared the village, although to be fair, he neither awaited me nor was interested in me, and he refused to show me his best side. His mate, not shown, is not shown because he made a point of showing me his worst side, and emphasising this in what I would call a needless manner!
The farmhouse in the distance is typical of many houses around here. From what I can gather some go back many, many years although inside they are sometimes much adapted as they are not always that large. The mud caked floor tends to be expensively tiled, sometimes old flagstones still exist. I notice that the rooms were usually small and wonder how many would live in such a place? The occupants would most likely be the 'better sort,' so imagine what the farm labourers possessed! Some look very good indeed but the half million required to buy one is quite steep, and these houses are usually right on the roadside, this was fine in 1750 with an occasional highwayman, herd of cattle or stage coach passing, not so fine with boy racer and his mates today I warrant.
Later I took my stiffening muscles to 'Chris & Jim's' to take a weight of my mind by having my hair cut. I was surprised they remembered me as it has been so long since I entered the place. By far the best barbers around, and it is no wonder they are popular! It does however appear to me that one of the few shops that open and survive are hairdressers or barbers! There must be nearly two dozen around here, mostly aimed at women of course, but today men appear so fussy over their hair. Footballers show their increased wages loosens their fashion sense by appearing on the field in wilder and wilder hairstyles. The more absurd they appear the more likely some twat will copy them. Of course young players not only copy fashion the hair identifies them on the field, and a good game will be noticed by those that matter. An old trick which still works. Proper men of course just let their hair grow Hippy style, although we did worry about 'split ends' a lot......