Where have I been you might ask. Well on Friday I went with friend W, through Wensleydale and Ribblesdale to Kirby Lonsdale, that pretty little town, to meet our friends P and D for lunch in the Italian restauant.
A wander down to the restaurant looking in lovely shop windows at stuff which we liked but had no intention of buying, then a nice meal (all had chicken - two of the recipes are in the photographs
chicken saltimbocca and spicy chicken - then a wander back to the car park and a shop in the rather nice supermarket there.
We came back a different way, through Sedbergh and then through Cotterdale and back into Wensleydale.. The sun shone for most of the journey, the trees were just beginning to show some Autumn colour and it was a lovely day out.
I had only been in about five minutes when the phone rang. It was the chimney sweep to say that he would come this morning at ten o'clock. So it was an early start at getting both rooms ready (we have two fires). After he had gone the farmer went into the town and hired a carpet cleaner and this afternoon has been spent cleaning the carpets in both rooms. I have washed all the ornaments, wiped all the pictures and all the surfaces (in spite of being a very efficient sweep the fine soot gets everywhere). Now we have both had showers and are about to sit down and watch the news. The wood burner is burning brightly up a nice clean chimney and I feel quite saintly having done so much housework. Can't remember when I had a day when I worked so hard.
Back to normal tomorrow I hope. In the meantime, the pictures refuse to upload and I have run out of time. Sorry.