I went to a lecture today about Cassandré, the man who designed these posters. Really interesting, one knows so much more about the art than the man. Apart from his being French (although born in the Ukraine and spending much of his childhood there), I knew nothing.
When I went to the computer this morning (I read comments on the phone but generally reply to them from here, as one has to sign in every time which is a nuisance), there was no internet connection, so I assumed that we’d had a brief power cut in the night and the booster needed resetting. That wasn’t it, however, and I wasn’t able to get online again before leaving the house. I said to the Sage, I can’t find anything obviously wrong, maybe it’s the external connection. And indeed, when he came home at lunchtime, he said that the whole town was off. The Post Office and two of the banks were shut, although one was open and offering a limited service. The shops were okay, as there was still electricity.
I was quite reassured, taking the view that it would all be repaired pretty soon, and so it was, but it must have been off for at least four hours. Quite a nuisance for a business. At least it wasn’t a power cut.
I cycled in and found it very heavy going – it was quite windy, but even so… As soon as I came home I pumped my bike tyres right up. The Sage did it for me last time, but when Phil does it, I sail along afterwards. Bumpily, but fast. When I’d done it and was checking the bike over, I realised that one of the brake levers has rather come apart. I’ll have to have a word with Phil and ask if I can put it right myself or whether I’d better take the bike to the shop in town. I’d ridden home without noticing, but I evidently mostly use the other brake. Or maybe both of them.
I’ve got a couple of clear days, I realise. And a free weekend. My word. I could do a whole lot of gardening. I doubt I will, I admit. I’m a fair-weather gardener and unashamed of it. I have no intention of putting my back out or getting chilled – a girl gets cystitis in the cold, you know, and I get enough of that from biking in the winter.