Today has been a cold, rather dismal day but it did stay dry long enough for me to have a good walk round the estate with my trusty walker before going out to lunch. On the days when I can do that I feel so much better for the walk. There are gales forecast for the coming week - which is set to be a busy week for me in any case - so sadly I shall not be able to do much walking.
The Restaurant we four friends go to on Sunday lunchtimes was especially busy today with hardly a seat to spare but our table was ready for us so as soon as we had placed our order we went and sat at our table to open up a bit of space in the bar. Our lunch was quite a long time coming but as we all four had something different and it was so very busy we didn't mind waiting. Between us we had Salmon Florentine, Roast Lamb, Penang Curry with Rice and Prawn Salad (with chips)* (*me).
For me Blue Stilton and biscuits afterwards and then a pot of tea back in the bar and an hour's pleasant chat. What a lovely way to spend an afternoon when it is so dismal outside.
Country File was interesting tonight because it was from Dungeness, the artist Derek Jarman and the fight to save his house there on the shingle for the nation. Jarman was such an interesting character - one of the people I keep meaning to find out more about. My son has lent me one of his books - a book on colour - and when I get the opportunity to read a chapter it is very interesting.
Tomorrow morning is our Book Group meeting at M's - only about two hundred yards from my house so no great effort to get there with my walker. The book we shall be discussing is Elizabeth Gaskell's 'North andSouth' - I have really enjoyed it and am looking forward to hearing what everyone has to say about it. A very busy week ahead for me - but better than having nothing to do. Wouldn't you agree?