Driving through Wensleydale with friend W on our way to Kirby Lonsdale and lunch with our friends - the last time this year as we never make the journey during the winter months; going over 'the tops' once we get to December is almost sure to encounter snow.
The dale is beginning to look its best as the autumn colours begin to show in all their glory.
The weather was atrocious - strong gales and pouring rain but my friend is an excellent driver and assured me all would be well, and of course it was. The River Ure flows alongside the road in both these photographs and if there is heavy rain on the tops the Ure can rise twenty feet in one hour so there is always the hazard of flooding which can close the road. But today all was well.
Lunch at Avanti in Kirby was, as usual. I had King Prawn and Chorizo Risotto (a bit heavy handed on the chilli for me but still very good).And yes, there was as much as there looks to be in the bowl. I ate only three quarters of it but was sorry I couldn't eat it all.
I arrived home to find my neighbour H had taken in a parcel for me. It was two Iris plants to put into my garden. This is the time to plant iris and they are sent out bare rooted with instructions on how to plant. Now all I want is a good day for planting with little or no wind. Today I have been hardly able to stand up and had to hold on to friend P's arm on my way to the car after lunch. Falling is one of my greatest fears these days.
Also when I returned the trap door into my loft had blown open and was down in front of the door into my computer room. How or why this had happened I have no idea except that the wind is really very strong and it could have happened as I shut the door to go out when W arrived. Whatever the reason my son has been to look and is coming back after his evening meal to put an extra fastener on so that it doesn't happen again.
Tess came with us to Kirby. She loves friend W dearly (well she would, wouldn't she as W usually has a few treats in her jacket pocket) and she really is very well-behaved. Lots of wees were accomplished between the car park and Avanti but then there were many Cumbrian smells to take care of and override weren't there! I can't manage her, and my stick, and my handbag on a windy day but W walks her and it all goes swimmingly.
So, as usual on our KL visits we had a lovely day.