Wednesday March 19, 2008
Just one day to go to the Spring Equinox. It seems to have leapt out at me this year but then I have had my eyes and mind closer to the ground than to the sky. Nevertheless I shall take it as time that I begin my annual reduction and cessation of the fluoxetine I use over the winter for the relief of the symptoms of SAD.
More important, I shall take it as signal that winter is over at last. They might be forecasting snow and sleet this coming weekend but there’s nothing they can do about the length of the days.
The sun shone most of the day yesterday and seems set to keep going right through today. I’d like that.
Overnight came the news that Arthur C. Clarke has died at the age of 90. I’m saddened by that. Science fiction was important to me as a youngster and Clarke was a writer whose novels and stories stimulated and entertained me more than most. He had just finished a new book, co-authored by Poul Anderson, and I shall buy a copy of that when it’s published. I’ll try to read it even though on current performance it’s unlikely I’ll get through more than a few pages. No matter. It can sit on my shelf next to Childhood’s End, as a memorial.
Graham phoned the agent yesterday to learn that the advertisements had only just appeared in the press, explaining what seemed to us to be a total lack of interest. It seems they have had seven enquiries in the past week arising from the website and the window advertisement. “Might not seem a lot,” said the agent, “but it’s three times the average. Don’t lose hope yet.”
Well, we haven’t lost hope, not that the assurances of estate agents generally figure in our patterns of hope. We are being realistic, though. The world economic down turn, resulting from the credit problems in the US, has slashed UK mortgage availability and halted the first-time buyer house market almost completely. That slows the whole thing down by removing the feed from the bottom of the pyramid.
There will always be people who have to move house, for family or job reasons. We’ve as good a chance of catching one of those as anyone. Better than most.
I’d find it easier to live with if I’d not experienced it all before. Talk about history repeating.
Graham greets the Spring