I have just had an hour of second-hand farming via BBC2's Farming Life. Sitting in the chair by a warm Aga, a dog asleep at my feet, snug and warm and watching people struggle against the elements, break downs of equipment, contrary animals and the like (all the usual hazards of farming life) has been a pleasant break.
This afternoon I have written down how to work Central Heating, Microwave, Cooker, Dishwasher,
Washing Machine (all but the Central Heating are built into the fitted kitchen) and I have written down the instructions in simple language so hopefully I shall be able to understand how to work things. Also had a nice chat with the lady who lives there and who is, of course, moving into here.
It really has been a beautiful day here today, still, sunny and warm. Tess has had a couple of walks with me and is now dozing by the Aga.
It is rare for me to watch one programme a night on the television but tonight there is the first of a three part documentary on Russia at nine o'clock and I am really looking forward to seeing it. I have been many times to what used to be the Soviet Union (have not been back since Leningrad became St Petersberg again). the last time on the Trans-Siberian but before one could go to Vladivostok, which had a huge naval base, so travellers had to catch the train at Khabarovsk, the next stop. Actually it was a fascinating place being on the River Amur which at that point forms the border between China and Russia. It was a huge wide river, China being only just visible on the horizon miles away.
Like Rachel, I absolutely adore foreign travel. My first husband always chose to go East, the farmer (apart from one or two forays in Spain and Portugal, France, Spain and Norway) always preferred to go West. So really I have had the best of both worlds.
Moving day gets near - I shall be pleased when it is all over and I am settled.