An understatement. It is 3-40 and almost dark. This will have to be a short post so that I can get in Tess's walk before darkness descends. It has poured with rain on and off all day. A strong east wind is blowing and I cannot think of a single nice adjective to put in front of today however hard I try.
This morning I bought myself a new cordless vacuum cleaner which I needed because my cleaner had broken down. Then I bought myself a new toaster and matching kettle - not because either had broken down but because they were old and I thought red ones would be cheery in my kitchen. They are.
This necessitated another trip to the Council Tip - my second trip this week. Once with all the flower boxes from my birthday and today with three electrical appliances. Shedding detritus is so liberating. But that is not the only reason I enjoy going to the tip. The men who work there are a joy, whatever the weather. The rain was pouring down. They were all in their hut keeping dry and warm. But the moment I stopped, out they came, smiling and helpful and emptied my boot for me, making me sit back in my car in the dry. A rotten job on a day like this but they always cheer me up and for this I thank them most sincerely.