Thank you to everyone who sent commiserations on my brush with ill health. Sadly this is what happens when eighty is past (much younger for some people - I am lucky). I am certainly not feeling myself at all but there is no need for me to do much and I am still finding enough appetite for meals out! I have already chatted to the Taxi lady and fixed up some appointments with her before she goes off on ten day's holiday and my next mission is to track down a Bus Timetable. The bus into town (only a mile away) stops at the end of my road. Then I intend to look into walking aids with wheels so that I might find it easier to walk a bit further and do some journeys on foot.
We have had some rain although not as much as many other places. But all the plants in the garden look happier and have certainly had a drink. They must make the most of it because we are promised temperatures of thirty next week. I shall go to earth if this happens. Hot weather and I do not mix and never have done.
I have had a quiet day today, The electrician has been fixing the new lights in my kitchen. The actual lights are on order and should be here by next week-end, so two wires are sticking out of the ceiling in my kitchen and all is ready for the LED lights to be fitted when they arrive. Another good job done by next week-end with any luck.
Apart from three walk with Tess - morning, lunch time and tea time - I have spent a large part of the day reading. First of all my Book Group Book - a book of essays written by Immigrants to this country and called 'The Good Immigrant' and then, when my son called this afternoon with his wife, they had been into the book shop in our nearby town of Richmond and he had picked up a book he ordered and he brought it for me to read first. Since then I have been reading Derek Jarman's 'Modern Nature' which is about his life and his special garden on the shingle. It was written after he contracted (and was dying of) Aids. I am finding it fascinating reading. But I must be stern with myself - The Good Immigrant has to be finished before the first Monday in August.
Hopefully more rain is forecast overnight before the heatwave sets in. Let's hope it is forthcoming here - we definitely need it.