Just the very best sort of day for finishing the patio at the back of my bungalow - no breeze, not too hot and plenty of Autumn sunshine. It was important for there to be no breeze because laying weed suppressant in windy conditions is not easy. The two D's came at eight o'clock and the eight tons of gravel came at a quarter past eight and they got stuck in. I just had time to move my car off the drive before the gravel lorry came and tipped it all on my drive in a heap. (hairdresser's appointment.
By four this afternoon they had finished, tidied away, swilled down the bottom patio and all the paths and left everywhere neat and tidy. They have done a super job.
In addition the electrician came back and fitted my new fire lights - and we put the shiny coal back into the grate. Then at four o'clock the gas man came and serviced my gas boiler for winter. He tells me that it is eight years old (I have lived here three years) and in very good condition.
The tabby cat from down the road, who often visits me, called into inspect my new patio - treading all over it gingerly and sniffing here and there. I think he approved because eventually he sat down and gave himself a thorough wash and brush up. Whenever I see him I think I should get a cat - I love both cats and dogs and wouldn't need to take a cat for a walk; but then I look out of the window at the busy road and I look at my furniture - and think of claw sharpening (I had Siamese cats for years) and think I would be letting myself in for a lot of problems. And I couldn't bear it if I had a cat and it got run over.
There is a real Autumnal nip in the air once it gets to half past six in the evening. I am sitting here in my computer room looking out on my new patio, the sun is going down and I shall soon be drawing the blinds and closing the curtains to shut out the cool air. Covid has returned with a vengeance to the North East of the country and new restrictions come into force. They don't affect us here in The Dales but they are getting uncomfortably close and as always it is important that we follow the rules. I have today been able to book an appointment for my flu vaccination for Winter, which have every year. This is nothing to do with Covid of course as we still dont have a vaccine for that but we can at least protect ourselves from other kinds of flu in so far as is possible.
Sleep well. See you tomorrow.