Sunday, 25 July 2021

What A Nice Sight,

to great me in the living room,

the sunflowers we had bought yesterday had really opened up,

then out into a cold grey morning,

I walked past the snail mail post box,

into the gated section, to stop cars taking a short cut through the park,

in the distance the Mansion house I was headed for,

as this was start of the first parkrun

that had been taking place before the lockdown started in hundreds of parks every Saturday, this weekend sees the first of nationwide park run for 497 days, wait a second, who is this on the left?

none other than Steve who is a very keen runner,

already here were 20 or30 runners gathered at the start,

the number soon swelled,

the mansion house in the background,

by now well over 100 runners were waiting for the start,

apparently as each runner finishes he/she has a bar code that you must bring with you so your time and place can be recorded, 

more of that later,

by now the numbers had double,

there were in fact as recorded at the end of the run 200 runners,

all set at the start,

all of the faster runners at the front, and there is Steve,

ready, steady,


the runners streaming down the hill,

of course not all are daily or weekly runners,

some here have just come for the fun of the run,

a marshal brings up the rear, just in case of anyone needing help,

a turn to the left,

and the first runners are heading towards the wooded section,

if you fancy joining the park run next or any other week all of the details for the Beckenham Place Park run are here, it is all free, but please register before you first come along, you only ever register with parkrun once. Don't forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode (request a reminder). If you forget it, you won't get a time, and how did Steve do? he finished in 50th. place, an outstanding achievement considering he is due to retire next year, a big well done to Steve!

in the evening Diana returned home from work so it was time for a sherry and a read,

for our starter dry toast with chicken liver pate, plus some delicious fresh radishes from the garden of Steve and Kai,

for our main course 28 day aged steaks with mushrooms, saluted potatoes and onion rings,

eyes down and tuck in,

for dessert a tiramisu with strawberries and raspberries,


we just had to have a selfie,

then something we had not done for a long time,

we had a game of Monopoly, with our own set of rules, I will not embarrass anyone by disclosing the score, but Diana lost, moving on,

we rounded off the evening with a late night film, one from the Westerns Collection, The Wild Bunch, as one newspaper put it, admittedly some time ago, the 'No 4 best action and war film of all time', and with the end of that we were off to bed.

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