Tonight was Bungay’s late-night shopping evening, with the switching-on of festive lights. Last year, Al opened just to join in with the spirit of things, but this year Dilly has been making some jewellery – just necklaces and suchlike with beads and things – and so he transformed half the shop into a showroom for her, and the Sage borrowed some turned wooden bowls from a couple of his wood club friends, and they joined in that way.
My meeting went on until 4.40. I’d forgotten how early it becomes dark, and it was. I rather long for Scottish independence, in part because then there could be a genuinely free vote in Parliament about sticking to Summer Time all year round. I found it needed a certain hardiness to brave the late afternoon traffic on a bike in the dark, although I was gratified to find myself treated with consideration, in that cars didn’t pass me if the road was narrow and, once I was out of town, oncoming cars dipped their headlights.
I gave the babies tea and then their other granny and their aunt arrived, so I left them to deal with bedtime. I went into town.
There were loads of people, the Town Reeve in her robe and chain and the Mayor in his, various other people dressed up and all the shops decorated and lit. Lots of people, who were having a lovely time. There was a dance display under the Buttercross and an announcement that there would be live music on the Castle hill, where there was also a hog roast and beer tent. There were other amusements too, and shopkeepers were sending out trays of wine, mulled cider, mince pies and other goodies. It was sheer old-fashioned pleasure.
Now I must check out what’s on in London – being a dull sort of fart at heart, I mean of a cultural rather than festive nature. I have a day to enjoy tomorrow – particularly because I hope to meet, at last, the Boy. I’ve emailed the other people who said they might be around, but haven’t had replies yet, which is my fault for leaving things so late…I explain to those people who say “You’re splendid, you’re so spontaneous” that this is only a polite way of saying ‘disorganised and unprepared’. Not too late, however, I’ll be here until 8 tomorrow morning and would, with a blithe heart, ditch the best of exhibitions.