I can now, with Percy, walk gently to the bottom of my estate. It is not easy because it is downhill all the way and Percy does not like downhill - he wants to romp away so I have to try and keep his brake on. Coming back, uphill all the way, is much easier and quicker. My walk today was straight after lunch and again I didn't feel like going out. It is a quiet day weather-wise but when I got out I realised there was a very fine mist of rain in the air. As I went down my drive L stopped outside. L collects my medication for me from the Chemist. I order it on line from the Medical Centre and L collects it for me from the town chemist three days later. It works well and it is very kind of her. I am no longer capable of driving into town, walking without Percy - with just my walking stick - climbing the three steps into the chemist and then doing the whole thing in reverse back to the car. Percy has a good shopping box incorporated in his make up so I didn't have to go back inside to leave the drugs.
I suppose our walk daily is now about three quarters of a mile. As the estate goes down towards the bottom on the whole the houses get bigger and more spacious, but they have smaller gardens and usually garages for one car. Most houses seem to have two, or even three, cars which means that the drive and often the kerbside outside has a car parked most of the time. This also makes the road quite narrow. I must say I much prefer where I live at the top end - there is a closed-down feeling at the bottom end - a feeling I don't care for. I always feel my spirits lift as I climb back up to the top.
I also have what is possibly the largest space of garden on the estate. Many folk would not like this but I love it, especially now that I| have got half of it done with gravel and less labour-intensive. One more small piece to go and two old trees waiting for my gardener to saw them down and I have finished. It will be really good to stand and look out on a completely finished - easy to care for - garden. As I passed many front gardens today on my walk it is easy to see who loves gardening and who finds it a chore - I am sure it is the same wherever you live too.