Progress report

There is the distinct odour of change in the air – the local train station is to be transformed into a ‘Metro stop’, promising commuter bliss to and from the great Metropolis of Coimbra and an ensuing period of general prosperity to all local residents. The centre of the nearby village is being ‘landscaped’, obviously intending to exude a feeling of community and personal contentment when passing through this new social hub. Local amenities and services are being upgraded to bring us all a standard of living that will make us swell with joy whilst living in this picturesque hamlet that has its finger firmly on the pulse of Western development.

Fortunately the shock of progress is somewhat diluted by it’s strangely reassuring pace of arrival: the half built roundabout that nobody can fathom seems to have been forgotten by the council builders, the giant motocross track that used to be the high street will soon need a tank to traverse and the usual random supply of electricity and internet will be around long enough to make us all feel like the ‘giant move to the edge of civilisation’ is still a relevant action.

Nothing can put a stop to progress. Apart from a very long lunch and a siesta…

The photograph is a brand new dragonfly straight out of ‘nymph-school’ drying itself on the lemon tree by the balcony. It bears no resemblance to development plans in our local council offices.

I didn’t surf today. Surfing is better than Marmite on toast…

7 Replies to “Progress report”

  1. lorks, what a beautiful dragonfly baby.

    and as for roundabouts, once (if) that one’s finished it will reproduce asexually and have lots of roundabout babies… here down south, we used to have NO roundabouts. now we have GATRILLIONS.

    1. The first one appeared near here (I say near, about 50 km away) about 10 years ago causing all sorts of unrest in the hippy community. I think there are 5 now…

      An Indian take away would be nice though…

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