The weather has been so variable today. I awoke to pouring rain but by nine o'clock there was blue sky and the morning sun was shining beautifully. I had to stay in all morning because The Falls Team had promised to come and walk round the estate with me to check on my walking progress, so all through the sunny morning I had to stay in doing various jobs, doing the Mind Games in The Times (a must every day) and then heating up my lunch of roast chicken with roast and mashed potatoes, sprouts, carrots, green beans, cabbage and cauliflower cheese (delicious). The time came for the Falls Team and they rang to say they couldn't come as the hand brake had gone on their car.
The sun was still shining although not quite as confidently but I put on my waterproof anorak and set off with Priscilla. My ankle is very painful today - a sure sign that there is rain around (I have this on the good authority of my Physiotherapist, who assures me that arthritis is greatly affected by the air pressure) - so my progress was much slower than yesterday. We took the long route and today, now that Lockdown has eased somewhat, I called on friend J. Because I can't walk without my dear Priscilla I couldn't go in but she was delighted to see us and we stood for half an hour chatting in her porch.
When I looked up at the sky I saw huge black clouds approaching so I set off for home (uphill all the way) - I was stopped once by a masked driver who I didn't recognise but who introduced himself as Mr W - my butcher of many years ago! We chatted for a while and then I pointed out the clouds, now almost upon, and set off for home once more. As I pressed the button to activate the garage doors the heavens opened - just home in time and it has rained all afternoon.
Now, as I write this, the sun is coming through again after several loud claps of thunder. I am feeling rather pleased with myself as I chose the wrong time for the delivery of my Tesco order and could not see how to change it. I sent them an e mail, had one by return and changed the time. My brain is not dead yet. I know if I don't use it I shall lose it but often the easy option would be to ask my son to do it for me.
The only other job I have done today is to ring my gardener, D and ask him to pop round and tie up my irises. They are almost out and this year (their second) there are six stems. Strong winds are forecast for later in the week and last year the same happened and one stem was snapped off. He promised to come and do it - I can no longer get up the steps to do the job myself.