Today was our Writers' Group meeting. It is always such a jolly good morning. This morning there were a dozen of us and the topic to be written about was 'A Book Review'. That in itself was interesting because as each person read out their review we learned of their interests - classics, detective novels, childrens' stories, cricket - almost as many different genres as there were members of the group. We meet for two hours and we just managed to get round everyone before time was up.
Then it was out to lunch with a friend from the group. We went to a local bistro for crab cakes with salad and chunky chips, followed by coffee. All delicious.
The farmer meanwhile was walking with a group of three friends - in the most appalling weather. Up here in the hills, if it is wet this time of year it usually also means very low cloud; and so it was, barely able to see beyond a hundred yards or so. They were all well-equipped and none of them were the type to give up on a walk because of a 'drop of rain'. Also, mercifully, it stopped raining long enough for them to sit on some rocks up against a wall and eat their lunch - only to start raining again the moment they walked.
Now it is after tea, all the curtains are drawn as it is dark outside (7pm), it is still raining and heavy rain is forecast for tomorrow, when I have to go to the Audiology Department of our local hospital (25 miles away!) for new hearing aids. The good news is that I should end up within the next couple of weeks by being able to hear what people say to me!
The next day I have to go to our larger hospital (40 miles away) to have an Electro Cardiograph fitted for 48 hours and then the poor old farmer has to take me back on Sunday to have it removed. Why are our hospitals so far away? Well, they say that this particular one (James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough) is an excellent one - very large but with top facilities. The really good thing about it is that it has the most wonderful cake in the cafe! The Parking facilities at both is a nightmare.