I went shopping with the two ladies - food. Everything I chose and placed in the trolley went back on the shelves. Not quite true. Paella survived.
The streets were a mess - cigarette packets, disposable lighters, weeds, grass, pigeon poo, random litter.
Private affluence, public squalor. Or, has the council run out of money or employees or both.
We nearly didn't get to Castle Howard. Road-up and diversion signs everywhere. Until we ignored them as most of the other motorists did.
Most people wore masks in shops. A few had their knobs out - why?
How is it women make an effort to be smart and colourful in the sun and blokes wear black? Shorts and matching dark socks with trainers.
Still a lot of repair work in Spa gardens. Shelters, paths, children's playground and tunnel restoration under the lift track.
Another RNLI bucket volunteer in Filey park. A lady. Doing well too - lots of folding. I mentioned our Anglesey moment down on the pier. She wasn't handing out cuddly toys though.
Dave's Ageing Notebook Curation
Rhys Blakely - Times July24th. We know there is no relationship between happiness and finance, though possibly with unhappiness at the precarious end of the spectrum. But, there is a relationship between health and wealth. More money, longer life. Twin studies from Northwestern University, Illinois.
So poverty and shorter life-expectancy might be a genuine public health issue. Being able to afford quality foods for example.
India Knight - Sunday Times Aug 1st. About grandmothers. 'Ageing is a biological inevitability'. Illness maybe and death, but not yet. Future-worry is pointless. Joy-now. 'Who fears the present? It's a terrible use of anyone's time.' She goes on to write that 'ageing is wonderful - until at some point it isn't.' Nice?
Songs about ageing - available on Spotify
Forever young - Rhiannon Giddens, Iron and Wine
Don't Let the Old Man In - Toby Keith from the film 'The Mule'
In the Sidings - Louis Killen from 'Gallant Lads are We'