An aberration has appeared in the sky today. After a very wet start this morning, the sun has appeared and the sky has cleared. It has turned quite a bit colder, but who cares about that when the sun is out. Let's hope that by next week it is more than an aberration and
has become almost a permanent presence.
Because our usual cafe has closed for a fortnight we all went to our local auction house's cafe for coffee this morning. It really is a huge asset to our town; you can view the details at tennants.co.uk
Tomorrow there is a fine furniture and taxidermy sale and after our coffee friend W and I looked round the stuff for sale. What beautiful furniture - and most of it so superior to the modern stuff.
There were a lot of dealers with catalogues, making notes and peering through eyeglasses at silver items, so I don't think there will be any bargains to be had.
On the taxidermy side there was a stuffed alligator. I stroked its nose, remarking that I had always wanted to stroke an alligator's nose. W poked me in the back and made a grunting sound! Didn't half make me jump. Or you could have had a stuffed ostrich (where would you put it?) or two stuffed matching (mr and mrs) wild boar, or a mountain goat. The list is endless.
Returning home to get lunch for the farmer who had been at the Auction Mart ,it was unusual for him to be late. There had been a bad accident at the mart. The farmers always go into the sale ring with their animals and a farmer had gone in with some bullocks and one had knocked him down. As he lay on the floor the bullock had gone for him again and only the quick thinking of someone by the ring had saved him as the bullock was driven off. The ambulance and paramedic were called and this resulted in the arrival of the air ambulance as the man was airlifted to the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. Long lines of land rovers and cattle trailers built up on the sides of the road all through the town as everyone had to move off site to make way for the emergency services.
We tend to forget that cattle are only one step removed from being wild animals and they still have wild instincts which can come to the fore, especially under unusual and perhaps scary, circumstances. Hopefully the farmer involved is not too badly hurt.
It is now 3.15pm and the sun is still shining. I can't begin to tell you how welcome it is.