Some people seem to have a lot of spare time when they reach retirement age and begin to be bored with not having enough to do.
Well, for what it is worth, it does not happen in this household. There are rarely enough hours in the day for me to get through my mental list of jobs.
This morning (Monday) is my traditional 'wash day' - it has been so throughout my life, come rain or shine, so don't expect me to change now! Luckily today has been bright and breezy and the washing has dried and is now ready for ironing (a tomorrow's job).
Then friend S, came for coffee (my weekly cleaning lady leaving just before she arrived) and went just in time for me to get lunch for the farmer and me. Friend S brought me a lovely bunch of white daisies, mauve scabious and dark purple cosmos out of her garden. They sit on my kitchen table and really brighten up the room.
After lunch it was 'walk Tess' time, followed by a trip into our little market town with a list of various jobs to be done and then a visit to see friend M, She has ducklings which hatched off in the herbaceous stuff in her front garden. M has bought duckling crumbs and put out a little pond for them. They are now quite well-grown and seem set to stay. Well, they have no reason to go, have they?
Then it was home again, get the tea, watch the evening news and put this blog on. Then I shall fold the washing and put it in the basket for tomorrow. Jobs done, feeling of satisfaction all round.
If anyone has a remedy for cramp I would like to hear it. I have cramp in my feet sometimes - ten times in the night last night to be precise about it. I remember as a child hearing my mother walk around the bedroom trying to eliminate her cramp - so maybe I have inherited it.
The Great Yorkshire Show begins tomorrow - our friend and neighbour has gone with cattle to show - it is a very prestigious affair. Thunderstorms are forecast for the area - nothing new in that - one year it rained so much that the whole show ground became a quagmire and part of the week had to be cancelled and the traffic could get neither on or off the fields.
But that's farming for you.