Last night's drama first. Remember I live alone; remember also that I have had two super husbands who were practical, sensible and straight forward (all things I am not). There am I, about half past nine yesterday evening watching the programme on Channel 5 about Lawrence of Arabia (a programme I had been looking forward to and which I found a bit of a disappointment) when what should emerge from under the settee where I am sitting but an absolute giant spider - large, fat body, very long legs, scuttling towards the rug over my knees at a rapid rate! Flinging the rug aside I dashed (well hobbled) into the kitchen to get a glass and then into the study to get a postcard. When I returned to the sitting room it had not moved an inch. But when I approached it with the glass it set off in another direction. And so the 'chase' was on. After a couple of minutes I gave up, in spite of my father's maxim:
If you want to live and thrive
Let all spiders run alive.
I fetched the vacuum cleaner from the kitchen and 'chased' the spider round the sitting room, finally hoovering it up after giving the carpet in the sitting room the best clean it has had in quite a while. Well I think I got it. Tonight may very well tell.
Early this morning my friend and neighbour brought me round a lovely bunch of sweet peas from her garden. Sadly H has lost her sense of smell - a shame because they beautiful. Then Percy and I went on a nice walk round a different part of the estate. It is a lovely day today - brilliant warm sunshine, light breeze and few clouds in the sky. I came home and made lunch - a Tesco Cottage Pie which I cooked in the oven and served with some delicious locally grown Tender Stem Broccoli and I followed that with a bowl of green grapes and a tangerine orange served with a nice dollop of half fat Creme Fraiche - that was good too.
Finally I must tell you about the book I am reading and enjoying very much. It is Pat Barker's 'The Silence of the Girls', about the fate of the women in the Trojan Wars. It is brilliantly written and holds the attention from page one. I do recommend it.