Tonight, walking up to shut the farm gate, it could have been December - it is a very cold night although it has been a lovely sunny day and in the sun and out of the wind it has been pleasant.
I am feeling very stressed today. My daughter in law comes out of hospital after her hip operation and is still not walking well and is in a lot of pain. I wish I could help more than I am doing but there are so many appointments booked this coming week - somebody coming to give the Aga a professional clean and then the engineer coming to service it; the Hospice coming to collect furniture I no longer want, a Physio appointment - I am so very busy doing jobs. I know that in the end all will be settled down again and will be well but in the meantime it is all so frustrating.
Going up the road with Tess this morning there was a tortoiseshell she-cat dead in the lane. She had been hit by a car I presume, she was cold and curled up as though asleep in the grass; there was not a mark on her. She only looked to be a young cat which made it doubly sad.
Tess was lucky today because friend G called and seeing that I was very stressed she suggested she take Tess for her afternoon walk. So lucky Tess went across the barn field, chasing rabbits right left and centre and had a glorious time. So thank you friend G - that lightened my load for the day considerably. Now it is rest and relax time with a cup of tea.