Hurray! I have a telephone again. And I cannot speak too highly of the treatment I have received from BT. Once they knew my age and the fact that I subscribe to Lifeline they have pulled out all the stops. After various checks by various teams both inside and outside the house, they finally identified the fault as being in the cable under my front lawn. It had been laid when the bungalow was built almost fifty years ago and is the kind of cable which is no longer used in any case. They took up the turf, dug a channel, replaced the cable with a much large one, brushed the soil off the grass into the trench, replaced the turf and then broke through the path to the house wall and drilled a new hole through into the sitting room. It is all neat and tidy. Tess promptly 'christened' the new concrete strip with paw prints which will be there for ever, but otherwise it is a neat job. All the teams who came were pleasant chaps - I dished out hot mince pies - the least I could do.
My visitors have been and have now gone. I got lots of food in and they were both very good at helping prepare it. They also took Tess for her walks which was a help. But inevitably I was on my feet a lot more than usual and today I am finding it very difficult to walk. I am just hoping that my ankles and knees get stronger over the next few days.
Out to usual Sunday lunch today then home to take Tess for a very short walk, which was all I could manage. I have several presents still to wrap so that job will take me up to bedtime - there is nothing I wish to watch on television. My Book Group book is Bill Bryson's 'A Walk in the Woods' which somebody on my blog recommended (it is my choice this month and I didn't want anything too heavy for around Christmas as everybody's mind is on other things). I must say I am enjoying it very much - it is a very amusing read. Bill Bryson lives up in The Dales so he is very much a local lad (he is of course American but seems to like living over here). So whoever it was who recommended it - 'Thank you.'