Someone on the radio is talking about how numbers nowadays are stored on electronic devices especially telephones so that we no longer have to remember them. Are we likely to lose our capacity to remember them because we no longer have to? Probably not. It occurs to me that instead of remembering telephone numbers we now have to remember lists of access codes, pin numbers and passwords, which is almost if not equally exacting.
The humming in the garden comes this fine morning from the cistus which is covered in bees. This murmur of bees is counterpointed by the buzzing of electric saws on the building site next to the vegetable garden. To see and hear so many bees when the population is said to be declining is a hopeful sign that plant life may yet survive. Bees rather than saws. But the occasional sound of sawing conveys a similar and not unpleasant sense of busy-ness.