The promised blue sky has not materialised and the East Wind, straight off the North Sea, is a little stronger than promised. Other than that it would be a perfectly normal Saturday except my car remains stationary on the drive and hardly anyone passes. But I am not downhearted.
Rachel - and others - suggested I listen to my body and maybe take more rest if it told me that was what I needed. She may well be correct because I went to bed around ten last evening and I didn't wake until ten minutes past nine this morning. I yawned, stretched, got out of bed, pulled back the curtains to be confronted by the gardener - on his knees hand weeding the back rockery. Hearing the curtains being pulled back he looked up - to be confronted with me in my nightie and between us a line of my knickers which I had been too lazy to take in last evening, thinking it would do no harm to leave them out overnight as no rain was forcast. We acknowledge one another, I drew the curtains, got dressed and then opened the patio door to speak to him (not wishing to go any nearer as I am self isolating). Shortly afterwards I paid him and off he went. So far that has been the 'highlight' of my day.
A late breakfast means that now in the early afternoon I do not feel like eating a lunch. So I shall go now and find something light and tasty and eat it while reading The Times and just see how long I can resist starting doing The Ladygram which also came this morning. I may add to this later if anything earth-shattering happens.
Oh just remembered - in November I took delivery of two new Ercol settees for my sitting room - they are lovely and just what I wanted. I resolved never again to eat and drink in there. In January I took a cup of coffee in and jogged my arm as I sat down and threw most of the coffee over the arm of one settee. Luckily I like my coffee black so I sponged it down with warm water and hoped for the best. Next morning the stain had completely gone. Last evening (yes, I do know I am stupid) I carried my Horlicks into the sitting room to drink. I have Benign Essential Tremor, which means my hands shake all the time, and I shot some of the Horlicks on the same arm of the same settee! I got a bowl of warm water and a microfibre cloth and sponged it well and lo and behold this morning there is no sign of a stain. I presume the material was treated with something which is anti stain before I got it - but my goodness I shall definitely not do this again - I promise.