The two phrases which rarely go together here in the UK are 'Bank Holiday Monday' and 'Wall-to-Wall sunshine.' But today is a very welcome exception. The sun has shone all day and it is warm and still.
A friend came round for coffee and we could have been sitting outside in the sun but we both prefer to sit inside and admire the sunshine through the window.
Tess and I had our walk after lunch and the weather was glorious - but there is somehow a hint of Autumn in the air. Most of the wild flowers have gone to seed, the berries have ripened, the apples on the tree near to the kitchen are a bright red and although small they suggest sweetness (I might try one in a minute), the rowan tree is laden with berries and the buddleia is covered in late butterflies. Yes, Autumn has arrived.
I found the MRI Scan fascinating. I only had to have my foot and ankle in the machine so there was no feeling of claustrophobia which some folk speak about The noises were intense but as I had to remove my hearing aid and as my head was not in the machine, it could have been much louder. I kept worrying about my daughter-in-law who had to have a full body scan and was following me into the machine. I thought how much harder it would be for her.
When it finished I found it impossible to get up - my whole body seemed to have locked!! But once I got going I was back to normal very quickly. My daughter in law took it all in her stride, as she does all ill health. Now we both await results.
Back to Autumn - a pheasant has decided that its bed for the night is one of our fir trees by the farmhouse. It might think it is well hidden but of course there is a pile of droppings under where it roosts, which completely gives the game away. I won't bore you by putting on a photograph of said pile, but there are always a few feathers around and I thought this one in the photograph was particularly beautiful.