This week has really felt like spring – and that really helps to make everyone happy, including me.Â There has been a warmth in the air quite unlike the ‘balmy’ days of winter, and any breeze that has sprung up has lacked the bitter edge we’ve been treated to for so long.
One thing which makes me very happy is that, once the flowers are open, all the little insects wake up and begin dancing in the air. Â And one of the first to appear is always the bee-fly, which is often mistaken for a bumble bee .. for obvious reasons!
Don’t you just love the blur where his wings should be?
The thing that looks like a sting is in fact – or perhaps I should say ‘are in fact’ – the mouthparts,Â adapted for sucking nectar.Â So, this one is a bee-fly, and the one at the top on the lavender is a bumble bee.Â Got it?Â Good.
Another thing that has made me really happy this week is that, despite some very cold nights, the flower buds are still on my wisteria!Â Wisteria buds are very vulnerable to frost, and ours has often begun to bloom, only to be nipped by a severe frost in April or early May which has killed all the buds stone dead.
So far,Â so good!
Now for something completely different.
I have terrible trouble getting shoes to fit.Â I have high arches, fairly narrow heels, and my feet are very wide at the front.Â Added to that, in recent years, is the fact that I am developing one our family’s less pleasant genetic abnormalities: bunions!
Imagine my delight, therefore, to have discovered a new-to-me brand of footwear that exactly fits my foot shape!
These are Merrells trainers.Â While I might not have chosen this colour (they were simply black and pink when I got them – with violent pink laces, which I have now replaced with purple ones) they are blissfully comfortable.Â I really did need to replace my heavy mountain trainers which were almost completely worn through on one heel, and since these are made almost entirely of mesh fabric, they will be perfect for summer.
And what’s more, yesterday I discovered an outlet shop which sold Merrells and had two styles of barefoot trainers, which I’ve wanted to try for a long time.Â It seems to me, that with my particular type of foot problems, it’s the way to go.
These are not my colour choice, either, but who the fuck cares, when they are this comfortable, and only two thirds of their usual price?Â I’d like to find the man who invented these things and kiss him soundly.
They’ve certainly made me happy this week!
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