Today the farmer visits the specialist in hospital in Northallerton to hear the results of the scan on his shoulders and the verdict on whether or not he should risk an operation.
It is twenty five miles from here to Northallerton so not a very long journey - and mostly through open countryside. So an early lunch is called for so that we can go at our leisure rather than rush to get there.
Lunch will be at twelve (brisket of beef with broccoli and carrots and potatoes - I am sure you will be happy with that Rachel as a conventional 'English' meal).
After that glorious late Summer day yesterday we had the most spectacular thunderstorm last evening. It went round and round us - sheet lightning first in the West, then the North, then the East and then the West again; in the space of half an hour an inch of very heavy rain fell. This morning it is quite warm and misty with heavy cloud, although the weather forecast is for clearing skies, so we live in hope.
As I sit here in the hall at my computer I can see two greater** spotted woodpeckers pecking at the trunk of a tree on the drive. Much more pleasurable to watch than yesterday's wasps.
An update on the farmer's health. The specialist says that the tendon has torn away badly and will not heal itself. The farmer could have keyhole surgery but would have his arm in a sling for a month and then be more or less unable to use his arm for another six months except for very gentle work. There would be a lot of pain to live through during the healing process too.
The farmer has decided to say no at present. He now has stronger pain-killers from the doctor and really only feels the shoulder pain during the night so unless it gets worse he has decided to live with it.
**Thanks to Derek for pointing out that they were greater spotted woodpeckers in our trees - he is quite correct. I have seen a lesser spotted one many years ago and they are very much smaller (and rarer too).