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Green Parakeets in St James Park were so stylised that they reminded me of a Liberty Print. For beauty: thank you: thank you: thank you.


Gratitude list 31/1/24


1. Green Parakeets in St James Park were so stylised that they reminded me of a Liberty Print. For beauty: thank you: thank you: thank you.


2. Flo and I have a routine in this park. For part of the walk Flo has to go on her lead. Immediately that happens squirrels come to taunt her. Hovering just a centimetre outside of her reach she (Flo) pretends nonchalance. I know that she is incensed. For chutzpah; thank you thank you thank you. 


3. I saw the Pelicans fly down to land in the lake today. They remind me of mafia bosses. Not that (as far as I know) I know any mafia bosses. For edginess: thank you: thank you: thank you.


4. 11am in St James brings out the changing of the guard. It propels me back to my childhood. I was bought here once when I was small. For memories: thank you: thank you: thank you.


5. The day was so cold to freeze my bones. We did not walk the whole circuit. We looped around Trafalgar Square and back again. For the warmth that hit me when I opened the door: deep and sincere gratitude: thank you: thank you: thank you.


6. It’s the 31st of Jan. the day of the tax return. For the whole day the deadline loomed over me. On the point of principle I cannot bring myself to complete it earlier. For procrastination (my own) well I will try to find a silver lining somewhere: thank you: thank you: thank you.


7. Perhaps because the alternative was the tax return I went to swim. For the sauna: thank you: thank you: thank you. 


8. I have been rereading JK Rowling’s A casual Vacancy. For genius: thank you: thank you: thank you.


9. At 9pm I managed to log into the Government Gateway. In 30 mins without drama, I completed the tax return. For weight off my shoulders : thank you: thank you: thank you.


10. Tomorrow is another day. For the successful completion (tomorrow) of a long to do List. thank you: thank you: thank you.



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