I have had a lovely day today, visiting an old friend M and having a nice afternoon's chat. Tess came with me and we sat in a warm sitting room talking about this and that - and so the afternoon passed.
Then I came home. The farmer took Tess for her afternoon walk, taking with him some fencing slats because - again - the sheep have managed to find a way out on to the back lane. (this lane is not a road; it is at the opposite end of the farm and is just a muddy track.
Job done he came home and we had our tea.
So far so good. Then my frustration began. Why is nothing simple these days - or is it just my lack of computer skills? Our European health cards needed renewing and I renewed mine about a week ago, but we couldn't find the farmer's NHS number. This morning I went into the medical practice and the very nice receptionist gave me it from her computer in two minutes flat.
But when I tried to apply for the farmer's card the site kept refusing, saying that the e mail address (mine) was already used.
After many frustrating attempts I finally realised that I had to reset my password, start again and add him to my application.
I will now be perfectly honest and say that I have little patience as I get older and I really am not all that good at reading instructions thoroughly. When I finally reset the password and started again it all went like clockwork (I hope), but I did spend a very frustrating half hour and I do now feel rather wrung out!
Just a word about my son and his eye. He had to have the whole thing re-done yesterday - and also the expected cataract (a side effect of the operation) had already formed, so he had that removed at the same time. He has to take a week off school and take it really quietly, which I hope he is doing. And we are just hoping that it all works well this time. He has great confidence in his surgeon, who he says is a wonderful man - so let's hope all goes well this time.