Here this morning there is a clear blue sky, a slight breeze and a chill in the air. Inside of course, as my bungalow faces due South, the sun is warming the place beautifully and saving on my heating bill.
After living for so long on the farm (24 years) and before that in a house on the side of the beck in the village (5 years), living on an estate is very different.
But there are plus sides to it at my age. First of all there are always people about. Once the farmer died I could go all day without seeing a single person to speak to - in fact I usually did unless I made the effort to get the car out and go somewhere. Now I know my neighbours both sides and we chat sometimes (neither of them are intrusive and on the whole we keep ourselves to ourselves (which is as I like it).
Then of course there is walking Tess. This I do morning, lunch time and evening most days (Wed a friend takes her lunch time and Thurs and Fri I employ PetPals to walk her in the afternoon). Many folk on the estate have dogs and this means I have got to know many people. We stop, our dogs socialise for a couple of minutes while we just pass the time of day. When you live alone these contacts are so important.
All this added to the amount of time I spend out with friends - meeting for coffee, meeting for lunch, just meeting for a chat - means that I do have a social life, which is most important.
I thought you might be interested to see my garden and how it is coming along, and also the view from the front of my bungalow and looking down the estate.
The plot that is unplanted is where I have an infestation of Mare's Tail weed. This has been treated with a strong weedkiller and the soil has been lightened with any spare things like horticultural grit, loam, sand and such like. Now it will be treated next year as soon as it appears - first by cutting off the early shoots and then by weed killing the long shoots. We shall not have killed it - it is almost indestructible - but hopefully we shall begin to discourage it. Then we shall plant lots of ground cover and shrubs and just keep at it.
In the top photo you will see that my neighbour has kindly left the last bit of a decrepit shed she has taken down (before the wind blew it down. She has only been living there for a month) so that there is no way that Tess can escape.
This is the view from standing on the front step of my bungalow. Everyone is very friendly and I know - and visit - four of the houses you can see.
It is a year this week since I moved in and I am doing well. Life goes on.