Phew! That's all the washing, ironing and putting-away of holiday wear done; fridge re-stocked (although my fantastic daughter-in-law pretty well filled it for our return); holiday photographs sorted; jet-lag torpor more or less disappeared - so back to "normal" whatever that is.
The Summer heifers have come. At around a year old they are big girls already (destined, I am afraid, for beefsteaks). Look at that magnificent "backside" to the right of the picture! This is their first time out in the big wide world and, boy, are they wild. They have never seen a dog before, so our two send them into a frenzy and they gallop round the field as though they are in a Western. Twelve of them are Belgian Blue Cross and three are Blonde d'Aquitaine Cross - although I suspect their ancestry is a bit mixed as they are vari-coloured. After two or three days in the pasture their wildness is becoming tamed and their curiosity is taking over. The Border Terrier is not the tiniest bit afraid of them and marches up to sniff at their wet, pink noses.
Somebody did a blog the other day about little things giving us a lot of pleasure - and here is a perfect example. While standing, photographing the cattle I caught sight of a lone early purple orchid in the hedge bottom. At one time we had quite a lot but I am afraid the sheep have grazed them off. But this lovely specimen has escaped because it is under the hedge and behind the wire. What a joy!
Finally - a Saturday indulgence!! This morning, over my breakfast second coffee, I counted fifty four books which would not fit in any of my bookcases and were piled up on the floor. I intended to go to the supermarket and remembered that there was a Pine Shop quite near. I rang them, measured the space, went and chose a bookcase and ten minutes after I arrived home it was delivered. So guess what I am doing this afternoon? No prizes for guessing - I am sorting out my books. And how I am enjoying it.
So far I have found my poetry books and put them on the top shelf - filed in alphabetical order - starting with Anthologies and ending with RS Thomas. I'm sure I have a Yeats somewhere, but time will tell. And in case you are wondering, Rachel (More about the song on my blog list) you come between Carol Ann Duffy and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - not a bad spot I am sure you will agree?
So that is how my afternoon will be - sorting out all my books, putting them in categories and in Alphabetical Order - a few hours or pure pleasure for my week-end. Enjoy yours.