I have just sent my niece an e mail to make sure she will be in when a parcel arrives by post. Yes, I could have phoned, but I rather like rambling on in an e mail - and she would probably have been out anyway.
And it struck me as I wrote it just how much the elderly miss out on if they refuse to embrace modern technology. So many folk I know say they are too old to bother with computers. Other friends, particularly those I meet with for coffee each Friday morning, have mobile phones, i-pads, laptops, and get such a lot of fun out of them. They all feel their lives are fuller with all this modern 'stuff'.
There really is no need to learn more than how to send (and receive) an e mail, although I would guess that once that 'skill' has been learned most folk would wish to venture further.
If the weather is cold, wet, windy, snowing (or any combination of these) and I don't have to go out, I can switch on the laptop, go to my blog, read everyone on my side bar, put on a post of my own and before I know it, it is tea time. The farmer is unlikely to be in however severe the weather - he has a very large shed and there is always plenty to do, particularly sawing up logs for the wood burner.
And, speaking of the wood burner, a large holly tree, which has been dead for some time, fell over in the field yesterday. I must say I love holly, and the thought of burning it at Christmas is a good one. It has been dead for so long that it is well-seasoned - and nothing burns better than holly wood. So the farmer now has plenty to do getting that lot sawn up. Good job he has a chain saw certificate!