The farmer had to go to hospital in Middlesbrough today for his monthly balance tests - that part of it was splendid as he came out 100% in all areas and does not have to go again, providing he keeps up the exercises and doesn't notice any fall-back.
We go the country way in that almost the whole journey, apart from the last five or so miles of the forty-five, is through countryside, albeit rather ordinary countryside.
But today (no camera of course - sod's law) it was far from ordinary because there were two fields of a crop we rarely see around here. Two fields of glorious blue flax in full flower. They looked like the sea and were enhanced by the adjoining field being a field of bright yellow rape. While I gasped in wonder the farmer remarked that it is a darn nuisance to combine as the stalks are so tough (ever the realist).
We called at the garden centre on the way home and bought pansies and geraniums for our pots, salvia for a bare spot in the garden and a fantastic bright orange gazania for my favourite pot. We got home,made a pot of tea, then planted all the plants. Now it is over and done with, watered in, swept up, all rubbish cleared away - done completely. In addition the farmer has sawn a lot of branches off the bottom of a tall Christmas tree which was blocking the light. I now feel satisfied and exhausted, so off to sit down .
We had lunch at the garden centre so hardly any tea to think about.