This view of the "White Bear," was taken three floors up from my snowy roof garden. The 16th century public house stands opposite my flat in New Park Street., and was short of business at lunchtime on Friday, when everyone stayed at home to eat in the warmth. Devizes is cloaked in snow at the moment, and the freeze is set to continue into next week. The choir rehearsal at Marlborough College was cancelled on Friday evening, but Simon our conductor, has sent us some homework to study before next Friday's rehearsal. We must learn the 1st and last movements of the Brahms, and also the first movement of the Dvorak, so that will keep me busy all week. He ended his email with the words, "Do not play with yellow snow!"
This view is over the roof of the "Castle Hotel" next to my block of flats, and towards the distant Wadworth Brewery, the chimney of which can be seen on the horizon, to the right of the nearest tv aerial. I stayed indoors all day Friday, and nearly ended up with cabin fever and feeling the effects of drinking too much tea and eating too many chocolate biscuits.
This morning I donned my walking boots, had a good walk around the town and did some food shopping. At 2.30pm this afternoon, I meet a friend for a 3.5 mile circular walk along "Quaker's Walk" and the foot of "Roundway Down." We both felt refreshed in the bracing cold wind, and finished the afternoon with a nice cup of tea and biscuits at her home, accompanied by "Maxi" the dachshund chewing on a juicey bone.
Nobody here felt like sitting outside for a spot of fresh air.