And what a Monday morning it is too. Five inches of snow outside and still snowing. It has been lovely having my friends here over the week end. They came Friday lunch time when friend W and I met them in our usual Friday restaurant. We came home and spent the rest of the day here just chatting (weather prevented doing anything - it very windy and rainy.
On Saturday after breakfast my friends thought they would go the twenty odd miles down to Ripon to have a look at the little city and a look round the Cathedral. After about half an hour they rang to say they had got as far as Masham where the road was blocked as the River Ure had burst its banks there. So I booked a table at a local pub, they drove back up here and we had a delicious lunch, sitting by a blazing wood burner in an absolutely packed pub (mostly walkers sheltering from the rain but all eating hearty meals). We had chips with everything (and jolly good chips they were too) quiche and salad, toasted Brie and Cranberry toastie, mince and onion pie and veg and then came home for an evening when we we joined by my son and his wife. It was my friend's birthday (a big O too) so we also had a large box of chocs and too much wine.
Yesterday we all went to our usual Sunday lunch venue and then my friends went home to Windermere - driving through brilliant sunshine and clear blue sky for most of the way. We had a lovely time and it has really done me a lot of good. Friend W had gone down with a really heavy cold - my friend P came with the start of a cold too so it is going the rounds - probably land with yours truly shortly.
So it's back to normal today and several things to catch up on on television if I can't think of anything else I want to do. No post-writing for a day or two and I really feel i am losing touch with dear old friends - so it is nice to be back.