The sitting room is finished. I went out for lunch with my friends as usual and when I returned the painter had put the furniture straight, put down the rugs, vacuumed the carpet and left a note telling me to do no more for at least a day to allow the gloss paint to dry and the emulsion paint over wallpaper to dry well before rehanging the pictures. Tess is disgusted with being kept out of the sitting room and having to spend the evenings in the kitchen. She is not alone - not enjoying it either.
On the plus side I am keeping the central heating on higher than usual to help with the drying out process so at least we are not cold. My cleaning lady is planning to come in the morning to help me return the sitting room to normal - sadly we will not be able to do this but, never mind, by next week end it will all be done and I must say it looks lovely. I am so pleased with it. That is another job I can tick off my list.
Here in North Yorkshire it has been bitterly cold today although mostly sunny. I think the cold coinciding with the change of the hour has made it feel as though Winter has really arrived. It is my birthday on Hallowe'en and it usually fell during Half Term in my teaching days. As I remember it we almost always had beautiful autumn weather. Perhaps, like our childhood, we only remember the good weather.
Nice lunch today - prawn salad with chips (self indulgent) followed by raspberry and coconut gateau with ice cream. I can't tell you how good it is to not have to think about what to have for Sunday lunch.