Our Poetry afternoons are so relaxing and enjoyable. There were only six of us today - the others were all busy - also the road through the village is closed this week while it is being resurfaced and getting to W's house means a long detour. We had a lovely selection - Auden, Simon Armitage, Fanthorpe, Tennyson amongst others. And then a cup of tea and a biscuit and time for home - the long way round. A lovely afternoon.
Tess had a lovely afternoon too as friend S usually takes her for a walk. Today T went too and they went to a local beauty spot - Aysgarth Falls - and Tess even managed a paddle in the river. I am so lucky to have friends - poetry, ukuleles, friends to walk Tess (my mobility is limited), friends to lunch with, friends to meet for coffee - always something to do which is good these days. There was a time when I wanted to do craft work and would spend hours in my studio at the farm and before that I would practise the piano for many hours to get my 'party pieces' up to scratch (my favourites were the Schubert Impromptus). Now I no longer have my piano as I seem to have lost the desire to play so gave it to my son as it was a much better one than his. My fingers are getting arthritic and that doesn't help.
Thunderstorms were forecast for today but it has been a lovely day - sunny, blue skies, warm sun. This afternoon the temperature got up to the early twenties and it really felt like Summer at last (and just two days before the Solstice so not a moment too soon). Similar weather for tomorrow so I shall try to get outside in the sunshine after the hairdressers. The painter is coming to work on my kitchen ceiling so I can't go far.