An abnormal amount of clucking under the walnut tree alerted the farmer this morning to a pullet nest with ten eggs!! So from today they are to be let out only after mid-day until they learn to lay in the nest boxes, As he has been keeping poultry all his life, who am I to argue?
Tomorrow, when I have (or rather had) a free morning, I shall now break them carefully one by one into a basin and make a fruit cake with them, so that they do not go to waste.
This afternoon has been exercise for the over sixties - I can't say that it gets any easier as the weeks go by. We exercise the top half of the body (I find that very easy), then the trunk and the legs (harder) and then for half an hour we do movement exercises to music (very hard). By the end I am ready to drop off my perch. But half an hour's sit down with a cup of tea and I am raring to go again.
Nobody in blogland has had much to say about Jeremy Corbyn's refusing the invitation to last night's State Banquet (along with Prince Charles I might add). Perhaps it is a sign of the times and perhaps I am getting old but although I would love to be unconventional I am afraid I find it very difficult. I was brought up in a very conventional family and don't think I would have the courage of my convictions in such circumstances. Would that it were so. (and in any case I would have liked to sample the menu!)
I do also feel for the Queen who has to hold such banquets whether she agrees with things or not - admittedly she doesn#t sit there pondering over the menu, nor does she have to lay the table and cook and serve the meal - but she does have to be there, be courteous and welcoming (always) and look as though she is enjoying it.
China is such a powerful country, a country which my late first husband (who lived there for some years in the 1930's) thought was a wonderful country. He loved the people and when we returned in the seventies he loved it even more, when he saw the improvements in living standards, housing and the like.
Luckily I really don't have to give an opinion on what I think to the present state of affairs between our two countries - I am too old for it to really affect me.
Please note that after reading today's paper I find thatr Jeremy Corbyn did go after all to the State Banquet and that he did wear a white tie. He has gone up greatly in my estimation - I am so glad he changed his mind. Prince Charles's reason for not going was an altogether different kettle of fish - I understand it was a protest against the Chinese use of ivory. This is going to be a long and hard 'habit' to break and I do respect him for a protest.