The day began with pale sunshine and only a gentle breeze - it was quite warm. Then the fog descended, disappeared and it began to rain - again. Really Otober is getting so depressing that it is really getting me down. The damp is slowly spreading along the wall in my bedroom, which is not helping - hopefully the builders are coming to try and deal with the problem later this week. I find myself really 'on edge' today - something to do with age and with living alone and having no-one with whom to share one's problems I suppose.
But I am not alone in that I know.
In a brief interval I managed to plant thirty dwarf daffodil bulbs - I still have a lot more to plant. My gardener is not well and will not come again this year, so the lawn will miss its last cut and I shall have to plant my bulbs myself. I can only manage around thirty at a time without hurting my back, so I plough on a few at a time. Hopefully just poking them into a swiftly dug hole will result in a fine show in the Spring - no time for any fancy planting I'm afraid.
Because it was a dismal day ,like Tom I watched the State Opening of Parliament this morning. I don't apologise for enjoying the Pomp and Ceremony - I love the split second organisation - if anything ever does go wrong it is never noticeable - everything seems to go like clockwork and men seem to stand for ages holding swords up in the air or balancing for a good half hour when they are not young by any means (five minutes would be my limit for standing up). I was pleased to see that the Queen had a helping hand from Prince Charles - that heavy brocade dress and train at her age defies the imagination. At least the Imperial State Crown is now carried on a cushion.
I was reflecting earlier this evening on how, when one lives alone, it is important to chat to people every day rather than shut oneself away. I worked out my 'speaking' today: my cleaning lady here for an hour and a half; two people I know from my dog-walking - first J with Sammy with whom Tess is madly in love (10 minute chat) then A and S who were married last Saturday and were just about to set out on a 5 day 'minimoon' to Wales when I saw them. I chatted long enough to see a photograph of the bride and groom with their two labradors who had a starring role in the marriage ceremony in that they were the 'ring bearers'. Later, when I was planting my bulbs, I chatted with my neighbour M and finally late afternoon the Chiropodist came - so now I am walking on air. Busy(ish) day tomorrow so hopefully I shall be a bit more cheerful. See you then.