It is a sunny but windy and chilly day today. I had various little jobs to do so I set off early into town with Tess on the passenger seat.
She sat in the car while I went and got The guardian and some milk and then got some money. Yesterday my gardener came and did four hours work for me - and by golly what a difference he made in four hours; everywhere looks clean and tidy again. The farmer always kept the driveway neat and tidy - he kept the weeds down and swept up the pine cones each week because they make such a mess. The people who are buying the farm try their best to help me but really are too busy to do too much.
After that I made yet another visit to the Tip with a boot full of rubbish. It is so cathartic each time I go. Then I called at the library with a list of possible books. I couldn't get a single one I had on the list but got three by recommended authors. It will shortly be my turn to suggest the book for our Book Club and so far the only book I have read which I consider superb is only out in hardback and therefore too expensive. It will not be out in paperback until February. I can however thoroughly recommend it here. It is Bernard McLaverty's 'Midwinter Break' and the writing is excellent. If anyone has a suitable Book Club book they could recommend, please do help me out.
Then it was down to our Lane for our morning walk. That went well and Tess enjoyed it hugely. The drive back was a bit of a nightmare because there was a cycling time trial taking place and the route led up our lane. I therefore spent much of the journey home driving at about eighteen miles an hour (only for a mile or so) but at least it gave me a chance to clock the mileage of these eager young cyclists pedalling like mad up hill and against a strong wind.
This afternoon has been a two-hour ukulele session which I enjoyed but found very tiring. Some days (and today was one of those days) my mobility is so poor that doing very much at all is a major effort.I came in and had an hour's snooze in the armchair so feel lively enough to take Tess for another walk in the field now.