The times, they are ...

by Brian Scott October. 17, 2020 243 views

Sign of the times

Today, Friday 16th October 2020, was a decisive day in my life. I kind of believe in fate. Our path through life is filled with crossroads, choices. Some are forced on us, some we aren't even aware of but they still exist.

I was out of work for seven months, luckily, not a huge problem but, I was offered a job and took it. In many ways, easy money but, dull, frustrating and directionless so, I decided to quit.

I got a call, regarding another job, I knew I'd love and took it.

Friday morning saw several decisions and actions and was fairly traumatic but, choices and decisions made, I want for a walk.

Some of the graves in this cemetery date back to the 17th century, maybe older. I love the dead tree on the right.



Many are untended, perhaps forgotten.

Onwards, into town again.

Life has changed. Many are now wearing masks but, in some cases that necessitates eye contact and especially since so many of us are living with isolation.

That human contact is essential and in many ways, uplifting.

So, an unusual sight in the street caught my eye, my attention and made me smile.

This lovely old Austin is tiny!

The proud owner came out so, I checked he didn't mind me taking photos.

We chatted and, then there were three, four. Chatting, mingling, enjoying contact and communication, reminiscing, smiling.

When I walked on, I felt better. Is that all it took?

Whatever, my afternoon had changed.

This beautiful arial shot of Caerphilly castle adorns the wall in the public toilet 😳

The shapes and patterns in dying Hostas caught my eye.

Opening their eyes, looking, seeing and making contact seems to be difficult for so many these days, everything they need is in that little device.

Is it really?

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Rachele Schneekloth 3 hours ago

I loved accompanying you on your walk and hearing your thoughts.

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Camellia Staab 2 days, 5 hours ago

Very nice post and what a beautiful car. None of the cars now a days have the character and classiness of the older cars, in my opinion. Something that grabbed my attention besides the Austin in photo #4 was the pharmacy name. Mayberry was the name of the town that Andy Griffith lived in ( an American comedy show that aired in the 60's) . One of those feel good, life is good, type of old fashioned America. Somehow photo #4 fit the scenario of that show. In case you are interested and don't know what I am talking about, here's a link:

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Brian Scott Replied to Camellia Staab 2 days, 5 hours ago

Thank you Camellia, I think I've heard of it / him, I'll check it out now. Yup, cars had style, I remember an old Rover we had, leather and wood, beautiful

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Jay Boggess 3 days, 2 hours ago

Lovely series & thoughtful commentary!
So glad you were able to have som meaningful human contact...
It is so essential to sound mental health & general well

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Brian Scott Replied to Jay Boggess 2 days, 7 hours ago

Cheers, yea it was great to just natter and definitely, I feel for youngsters stuck to their phones 😳😪

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Jay Boggess Replied to Brian Scott 2 days, 1 hour ago

I know what you mean.....
As if we are not already "socially distant" enough, from one another, .......sigh.....

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In Reach Of The Skies 3 days, 3 hours ago

We used to have a 30 or 35 when I was a kid. They seemed an ordinary car back then but by today's standards they are so small. When I was clearing my Dad's stuff after he passed away some years ago I came across the original BMC workshop manual and didn't have the heart to throw it away. A few years on and a casual friend bought an A35 on a bit of whim and I was able to pass the manual on and give it a new lease of life. It often is the small things that make you smile.

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Brian Scott Replied to In Reach Of The Skies 2 days, 7 hours ago

The connections can be tenuous and fabulous. It was great seeing this little car out on the road and the guy absolutely loves it 👍

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Brad Kirschner 3 days, 6 hours ago

Wonderful blog, Brian. Just before you started the series on the Austin, I expected to hear about "Be Lucky" and how that may or may not play a part of your journey.

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Brian Scott Replied to Brad Kirschner 2 days, 7 hours ago

Thanks Brad, I just kind if starting typing and there it was

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Colin Massey 3 days, 8 hours ago

Great blog Brian, very thought provoking especially the cemetery black and white photos,  I hope the job goes well

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Brian Scott Replied to Colin Massey 3 days, 8 hours ago

Cheers Colin, just what I was feeling, it's good to move on, away from something that isn't working. Stay safe +1

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Berckmans Peter 3 days, 13 hours ago

This is a great post, love the car. I found out many wear a mask in their life, but now it is visible. Very nice work my friend

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Brian Scott Replied to Berckmans Peter 3 days, 13 hours ago

Thank you Peter +1

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