Thursday 22 November 2012
Just before 08:37 I see that Scarlett has parked at the kerb alongside number 33. After she has disappeared through the middle entrance of the school, the Kulaks’ car drives slowly past number 35 and parks nose-to-nose with Scarlett’s car. I wonder whether the tail of the Kulaks’ car is overlapping alongside the drive of number 35. Then a girl gets out of the fpd, and a mother and two children get out of the nrd.
When Scarlett returns to her car and gets in, a man of about 40 gets in via the fpd. Scarlett reverses a yard or so, then drives off past the Old Man’s house.
During the late morning school-run, I see that under her dark jacket Scarlett is wearing a garment of thin material, very light brown in colour; at the small of her back, the garment is fluttering in the wind. When she returns from school with Tiny Boy, she is holding in one hand some A3 artwork, probably two sheets, which is flapping rather than fluttering in the wind. She opens only the driver’s door of the car; Tiny Boy gets in first, and she follows.
Early this afternoon, there is washing on the line in the back garden of the Downhams’ house (the house beyond the GS family’s house), flapping in the wind.
During the school-run, the weather is dry but very windy. Scarlett’s car approaches from the direction of George Street and parks up Acacia Grove. At 15:05 or so, she is on the pavement opposite the Old Man’s house, carrying Tiny Boy against her right front. He is wearing his flecked bobble-hat, and what look like red woolly (?) long socks. A car passes, heading uphill, and it hoots at Scarlett (?); she turns her head and neck to look at it, scowling rather. Then she crosses the road, to between the sapling and the nose of the 12-registration Ultra which is parked six foot downslope of the sapling.
When Scarlett and the boys are returning to their car, passing number 35 (which is where the Wormwoods’ car is parked), Small Boy seems exuberant: facing downhill, he raises both arms above shoulder level. Tiny Boy is on foot; he is wearing his dark anorak, with a crimson top underneath it. His trousers are mainly bright blue, but are crimson below the knees — my eyes must have been deceiving me when I thought he was wearing red socks. It all reminds me of the cowboy outfit that he wore one day earlier this year. Perhaps he has been to a party?
Small Boy runs ahead, and Tiny Boy follows him. Small Boy looks younger than he did when he called out to Sammy on Friday 9 November.
Scarlett’s car is parked part-way onto the pavement alongside the JGs’ house. Scarlett closes the fpd and then the nrd. She goes round the tail of the car to reach the driver’s door.
Rain sets in after 17:00. It becomes less windy this evening.