Yet another beautiful day here in Wensleydale - low sun, long shadows, no wind, quite warm.
Tess and I had a lovely walk through the fields - not so good coming back though as I have an eyesight difficulty which means I really can't see when facing into the sun - which meant that I trod in an enormous cowpat! Have left my shoes out to dry in the sun and am hoping that the farmer will take pity on me and clean them for me.
Our field barns, which were a very important part of farm life a century ago - particularly in Winter, when they housed milking cows - are quickly falling into disrepair. The barn in the photograph may look very picturesque with an ash sapling growing through the rafters but really it spells the beginning of the end for two or three of our barns in this same state.
Outside the kitchen window, under the Scots Pines a veritable town of fungi has sprung up over night. If these little clumps are really inhabited by "the little people" then what a lot of activity there must be on our lawn after night has fallen.
A fortnight ago I gave a dinner party and the people coming bought me a lovely bouquet of flowers, most of which are still as good as they were on the day. One of them is this exquisite little ornamental cabbage. Don't you think it is lovely?
I am very busy today as our writers' group are producing a booklet and a group of us are proof reading it today. The worst thing of all is the great mountain of paper which we have to keep sorting through. There is surely an easier way to do it, but if there is then we haven't discovered it. So I must get back to wading through it all (good job I am not having to wade through it in my shoes!)