The day started freezing cold as I went to see the aconites in Friary Gardens - now nearly at their maximum spread, but not yet completely opened out. I supermarketed, disappointed to find the impossibility of buying stuff without plastic packaging.
Even on the market, fruit and veg is sold in plastic bags. Or indeed, fat balls for my feeder which I'm restocking ready to do big garden birdwatch in Monday. Horrible, flimsy, blue plastic bags. I have a feeling paper ones are going to come back into fashion rather soon.
After lunch, I got out for a run just after sunset, and the temperature was much warmer, as were the colours - the clouds had cleared apart from a few that allowed themselves to be lit beautifully by the hiding sun. A flock of long tailed tits flew in time with me as I ran along the side of Balderton Blue Lake, where the ducks and geese had gone to bed on the stretches of bank where people don't go.
Runningwise, by the way, I'm very out of form after the lay off. I did 6km tonight and it as a struggle and I've been left fairly stiff again. Hopefully I will improve, and so will my irritating ankle.
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