What a day all round.
First my day. I had a hair appointment at 10.30 in Ripon and set off in plenty of time at 9.30, only to come across a large bale of straw which had fallen off a trailer and was totally blocking the road - hold up number one. When I finally arrived in Ripon with about ten minutes to spare, it was to find that the huge car park, which on Wednesdays is usually three quarters empty when I go, was full and overflowing (it is Market Day and the market is huge). I had to drive around for twenty minutes along with about twenty other cars until finally a shopper just in front of my car pulled out and I got a parking space and arrived at the hairdressers a quarter of an hour late.
Meanwhile, the farmer had arranged for the baler and the wrapper to come at 9am, so that by the time I arrived home to cook his lunch baling was almost finished, but the baler had broken down and the man had gone to borrow a replacement. After lunch he finished baling and began wrapping and immediately the farmer began leading the wrapped bales in. (leaving them out just encourages the crows to peck holes in them and let in the air).
At the precise moment he began, the first load of Winter straw arrived at the gate - an enormous double lorry load and at the same time our farmer neighbour arrived to help him unload it. That took up most of the afternoon and now - after tea - the farmer is out again leading in the bales.
I have friends coming tomorrow for the weekend and I was doing a bit of tidying up of the utility room a while ago and opened the back door, only to find that the strong wind that is blowing today has blown a mountain of straw up against the back door.
In addition to all that, my friend has gone down with a bad cold and as I have spent two days in her company earlier this week, I feel as though I too am going down with a cold tonight - or am I just imagining it? I shall have to wait until tomorrow morning and see what develops. If it is a cold then I shall have to give my friends the option of staying at home if they don't wish to catch the cold. At least there is a good provenance for her cold - she went to a wonderful lecture by that wizard of colour, Kaffe Fassett, on Saturday in York and he had an awful cold, so she thinks she may have picked it up there when he signed his latest book for her. Personally, if you are going to catch a cold, I can't think of anyone I would rather catch it from!