It is absolutely pouring with rain here in The Dales and has been doing since just before lunchtime. So soon after the catastrophic floods of July 30th means that every time it rains like this there is fear around here. Many of the houses in our village are still being repaired after that day.
As usual I went into town for coffee with friends before coming home in good time for my dog walker J to arrive (Tuesdays and Fridays). This time she came armed with a present. Usually she gives all of her dogs a present at Christmas but as Tess is not a 'toy' dog -( she hasn't played with toys since she was a puppy ) J has bought her a lovely fleecy coat in a very bright red. Off she trotted wearing it and obviously adoring it. She came back equally excited about it and was not happy about having it taken off. So sincere thanks to J for the lovely present. She has now promised to source a new harness for me and let me have details when she calls for Tess next Tuesday.
Once Tess had gone off for a walk I returned the dehumidifier to the place where I hired it (£39 for the week) - I just hope I had it working for long enough. The man in the shop thought I had had it on long enough so I shall have to wait and see.
On the way there I drove through our Market Place and the tempting smell of Fish and Chips wafted into the car as I waiting at the pedestrian crossing. There was a parking space right next to it and I decided that if the space was still there on my return I would pull in and buy myself fish and chips for my lunch. Lo and behold it was still there - I had to wait for the fish to be cooked which meant my meal was piping hot - I drove the mile home and was eating it in no time at all and it was delicious.
At just after three in the afternoon it is still pouring with no sign of it easing up at all. I think I shall shut up shop early tonight , close the curtains and turn up the heating - it is a very dismal day. Out to lunch tomorrow to friend W's where her friends, who are now also my friends, are staying for the week-end. I always enjoy seeing them and also eating Wendy's roast ham which she always serves when they come - nobody cooks roast ham as well as W - it is out of this world.