Not a single shower today - sun now and again but mostly high cloud with bits of blue sky here and there. I slept badly so was a little late up but had just finished tidying round, cleaning the kitchen and having a shower and deciding to go early (10.30) for my walk when the electrician's van swerved into the drive. He had come to fit my new door bell. He offered to come back later but no, best to get it done with, so I took my coat off and he began. The instructions were in about a dozen different languages and they were also quite complicated. There were eight chimes to choose from (!) and of course I had to listen to them all to make a decision. Most were so frightful that I couldn't bear them and eventually we settled on a Westminster chime (it reminded me of our clock at home when I was a child). I have one gadget plugged in the the hallway and the other in the sitting room. To get the one in the sitting room in place he had to empty my huge bookshelves and move the bookcase about three inches. Both settees were covered in books. But it did give me a chance to sort them and dust both books and shelves, which I haven't done lately. But I left that job until I had paid the electrician and he had left and then I went for my walk. And today I walked to the bottom of the road and back - the furthest I have walked so I am pleased with my progress. On my return I couldn't face doing the books before lunch, nor could I face cooking much for lunch. It was either swap the meals round (sandwich at lunch time and cook this evening or have something quick. I chose the latter) So jacket potato stuffed with streaky bacon quickly fried and the last of my lovely tenderstem broccoli followed by a baked apple stuffed with raisins and honey and eaten with a dollop of creme fraiche. It was good. Then it was wipe the shelves, dust the books and get everything shipshape again.
The first person to try out the new bell was my neighbour H. She had been gardening and brought me a bunch of her sweet peas. I have a pretty cut glass vase and they fitted in it nicely. I put them next to one of my favourite photographs of the farmer - I took it myself when we were going up the coast of Norway on the Hurtigruten some years ago. Lovely memory of him and that holiday.
So, a productive day and still Monty Don and Gardeners' World to look forward to tonight - if I can stay awake!