“Diffugere nives, redeunt iam gramina campis – Arboribusque comae”   Horace (Latin Poet)

Roughly translated that means – “The snows have scattered and fled, already the grass comes again in the fields  and the leaves on the trees”

I take it to mean that however bad things look it always gets better in time. From one old enough to remember previous bad times I can assure you that it is true. I wasn’t old enough to understand the full horrors of the war, but my parents must have wondered if it would ever end, especially when the austerity after the war, when the country was virtually bankrupt, was almost as worrying.

In the 1950s and 1960s We all worried about the Cold War and nuclear attacks, and saw “reds under the beds”!

In the 1970s when inflation was raging, seemingly out of control, we were working in a large industrial plant and every month we had a “cost of living” supplement added to our salaries because inflation was so high!

In the early eighties Mrs Thatcher doubled VAT which was quite a shock to the system especially as that included fuel , until public outcry forced them to cut it on household fuel bills.

In the late eighties and early nineties we again had high inflation and mortgage rates reached 15%.

The media and politicians have forecast all kinds of dire events and the general public has been worried sick so many times and every time we have survived to live until the next one, so I dare say we shall survive this one too, in time for the next time.

So be optimistic, petrol prices are coming down, house prices are getting more affordable for first time buyers, there have been a few vague murmurings about gas and electricity prices coming down after Christmas and we had a lovely sunny day today and I got my washing dry!