I shall not be sorry when bed time comes tonight - today has been an uphill climb.
First of all, the farmer is definitely on the mend and is doing more each day although he tires easily. But today a positive sign when he said he was bored. He is itching to be out in the fresh air.
Now to my frustrating day. Today is the day my cleaner comes and she came downstairs after cleaning the bedrooms and asked if I had seen what was outside. Immediately opposite our gate was a huge Portakabin with two doors. Over one was the word 'Canteen' and over the other 'Toilet'. A large lorry, using a crane, had just deposited it there and it meant that a tractor and trailer, or any piece of farm equipment would be unable to use the gate. The farmer went out to speak to the driver who said that he had put it exactly where he had been told to put it - and drove away.
Now comes the efficient bit. I got on the phone immediately to British Gas - the recorded message said to press keys 1 to 7, depending exactly what I wanted. I pressed two - and numbers 1 to 7 were repeated. This time I pressed 7. A pleasant young lady listened to me, took my phone number and said she would ring me back within an hour. Ten minutes later a man rang, apologised and said there had been a misunderstanding and that he would be there within half an hour. And half an hour later the Portakabin was moved. I was most impressed and said so.
After lunch we needed to take some papers to an office in Aske Hall stables, a complex of offices the far side of Richmond. The farmer does not quite feel up to driving so I had to drive. At the best of times I never ever drive when the farmer is in the car - it is just like taking my driving test all over again. Today was no exception - 'vibes' emanated from him so that I knew that most of the time I was not in the gear he would have chosen for the conditions. There were terrible traffic jams in Richmond on the other side of the road (the side we would be on when we returned) so we came back on the country (narrow) lanes. There were steep climbs and narrow bridges. I have never been so relieved to be home in all my life.
I am just about back to normal now and shall go and sit by the wood burner and watch a gentle walking programme.