Today was a rare free range day, the sort of day I've had the past 30 years until Julie's retirement in August. Much of our life is now a little like conjoined twins but today she took over the computer to work on some of the projects which interest her.
I took off in the car for a day by myself. I got her out of the garage just as Billy turned up in his fish van. He was pleased to see me because our new erratic lifestyle means we often miss him as we will next week, I feel guilty missing him because there are so few of us now buying fish and there are so few shops where you can buy it now even though we live in a fishing area! I headed off a new laptop to show Ali the pictures I took at her party on her birthday / wedding. I made them into a slideshow, corny but the wedding was to the Beatles "all you need is love", and the party to Madonna's "music", she loved it. We had a session clearing my hairy chin and after she had seen the pictures said I was in credit for a good few sessions yet. Even better she has found someone who needs some one-to-one tuition in photography so I may even get to earn a little money.
Being a clear dry day I couldn't resist changing the dirty brown car back into a nice bright red one at the car wash, really lifted the spirits to see its shine again.
Searching through the paperwork recently I found all the supermarket tokens which Julie was supposed to spend in a jewellery shop but couldn't be bothered, a small fortunes worth had gone out of date! Since she couldn't be bothered to spend them herself I took those that were still valid and bought myself a new toy. The new iPad is a bit expensive for me so I got the baby version, a touch. Long ago the computer I used was a pocket device called Psion with 2 MB of memory! I still use of a lot of things like alarm clock when travelling, It is a museum piece now. It cost a fortune all those years ago, the new toy was a tiny fraction of the price and has 4000 times more memory! Now I can carry loads of information with me and if anybody wants to see my photographs they will be there in my pocket. Not sure when I will confess to this extravagance, it will probably be ages before she notices I have it.