A brief encounter

Probably just a handful of you know how gregarious I am that person who talks to strangers on the train, in the supermarket queue or as yesterday in the street.

So walking Flora half a mile from home and heading for town, I slowed to discreetly see why an elderly lady and and a young man were standing in the middle of the road. Out came a phone in the hands of another young man, just as good looking as the first. Meanwhile, the lady straightened her sari and responded to my smile with one of her own.I stepped closer to hear her saying ’35 years’35 since I’ve been here’.

Now I had to rein in my list of questions,

Where have you been, what brought you here originally, are you moving back here?

Now her English wasn’t too strong, but it was the house where we stood, right on the corner at the top of the road, in Newtown, where the family had a shop, ‘right there, right there’!

I would have liked to sweep them home with me and chat for the day, but I could see that her sons were in a bit of a hurry, it was was day two of their trip, down from Manchester, a tedious motorway drive.

I learnt that they were Sikh and originally from India, her sons had barely any memory of Exeter, but they had a bit of a look around and liked it here.

I guess the photos are for the family history , and I would so like to have heard more. We parted with a mix of tears and smiles

Do YOU talk to strangers and can you get them to tell you their stories?

Lockdown Town

At this time of year town should be vibrant and bustling with shoppers loaded with carrier bags and excited children in tow.

This is the walkway I usually take into the shops and it has a wide area where there’s usually something to see or music to listen to.

Not many people up High Street either.

Lets look downwards is my favourite bit. I like the mural and it’s another place for buskers, with seats to watch the world go by. Just off in the distance are several ancient timbered buildings and the guildhall. I only popped in to pick up a parcel from M&s., trousers that are too big so I’ll have to go again to take them back. Quite a few cafe’s were open , but not enough people for a buzz so home I went.

Even poor lonely Mr Reindeer looked grumpy, still waiting for his lights to go on.

How’ s your home town looking right now?

Stay safe and well lovely people.

A glorious November day

Yes, after the most horrible week of rain and wind today was sunny with blue sky. The dogs were champing at the bit, especially Flora who’s been recovering from her surgery, so  their favourite destination, the valley park, was calling.

I don’t think Jo’s posting a walk this Monday, but this is to wish her a Happy Birthday, have a fabulous week lovely girl 🙂