WHILE BARBARA & the mums navigate the aisles of Morrisons supermarket, I’ve found
an island of calm in MacDonald’s. I came here because the view is more inspiring
than the one of the car park from Morrisons café but, I have to say, the Kenco coffee
here is much more to my taste than the sort you get out of the machine there (and
Kenco support Rainforest Alliance, which sounds good).
I’ve been worrying a lot recently and, when I haven’t been worrying, I’ve been caught
up in a variety of tasks connected with work and home, so I’ve missed out on drawing.
Sitting with my sketchbook with a large latté at a quiet corner table seems like
the best therapy.
It seems to work; despite drinking all that coffee, when I walk to the nearby surgery
for my blood pressure check, I’m delighted to find that it’s gone down again - to
a perfectly normal 130/82.
Barbara has read that chives and artichoke can help reduce blood pressure. We’ve
never tried growing artichokes but chives grow like weeds right outside the kitchen
window, so she’s been chopping them into salads and dips recently. But my guess is
that getting lost in a drawing for short period and putting my worries on hold must
be equally good for my blood pressure.
At the edge of MacDonald’s car park, one dunnock shadows the other, keeping a hunched
pose as it does so. The bird being followed pecks here and there as dunnocks normally
do, pausing only once to make its stalker keep its distance. I guess that it’s a
male following a female.