31st Aug – In a café I had a choice of sitting inside with people, heating, loud music, louder voices, coffee grinding and crockery washing, or of sitting alone in a cold, outer room. Which I did. Like a hermit. It was quiet.
1st Sep – Watched a young neighbour skip rope vigorously, a cigarette firmly held between her lips. Without removing it she dropped the rope and flipped into a handstand.
2nd Sep – A violent movie is playing in this room; I have my back to it. Earlier, when I approached the armchair to watch it, my young adult son cautioned me, ‘Oh, Mum …’, and I took the hint and walked away. Not many years ago it was me warning him! Perhaps the censors should create a rating for parents like me: FG – Filial guidance recommended.
3rd Sep – Outside the library while I was waiting for someone another woman was waiting for someone; she was red black red black in a brief red top, black trousers, red socks and black thongs. After a long while she gave in to the cool air and put on a cardigan, pulling it up over the right shoulder but not the left, which was tattooed.
4th Sep – Sticker on a small tradesman’s truck in front of me: A work horse, not a show pony.