"Four weeks", the Good Lady Wife said to me this morning as she set off to work. It has become a familiar countdown over the last six months or so, the week starting with a single, ever-decreasing total, a number that seems to be able to inspire joy in her and dread in me. It means that she now has only four more weeks to work before retiring : a cause of great joy as she contemplates endless shopping trips with her life's companion. For me it means lifestyle changes which will result in less time for aimlessly wandering down the digital side streets of the Internet and more time devoted to aimlessly wandering down the main streets of shopping malls. But I am determined to keep my two remaining Blogs - News From Nowhere and Picture Post - going, even if there are a few more gaps in the stream of consciousness.
I remain hopeful that after a few weeks of watching daytime TV, she might be tempted to sign back on, albeit for a few sessions a week. I can then be left in peace to wander around, going nowhere in particular and pausing to admire the adventurous nature of a dandelion. The times maybe a' changing - but hopefully by not too much.