Well folks, it looks as though we have to contemplate life without TV as we know it 'indefinitely' according to the message on line. The transmitter has been on fire (6 fire engines and smoke pouring out of the top of it according to my informant) and if you look it up on line it just says out of order indefinitely. Still available on iplayer for those of us on more up-to-date sets. It is my book next on our Book Group and I have chosen Hemingway's 'A Farewell to Arms' - I must do a presentation on it on the first Monday in September and as I have now read it twice I shall now watch all eight programmes on him on iplayer again so that I am well-prepared. It's an ill wind. The trouble is our October book is In Patagonia (Bruce Chatwin) which I read and absolutely adored years ago - I am desperate to start it again but must get my notes for my 'presentation' ready first.
What fascinates me is that there is no mention of the fire at the transmitter on line, there is not a single word about it in The Times today - it seems to be a non event. Now that I have worked out, with the help of friends and my son, how to still get any programmes I wish to watch I am happy to wait.
Friends S and T called for a coffee (I managed not to throw it all over the carpet this time) and a chat. They brought runner beans, tomatoes, a cucumber, a courgette and a patty pan from their garden and I was able to exchange them for some huge cultivated blackberries brought to me this morning by my carer - I shared them, eating my half in a fruit salad at lunch time.
After a lovely day yesterday it begins to look very much like rain here now at teatime. I don't suppose my garden would say no to a drink.
I am rather cross with myself. On leaving hospital last October I was given a series of exercises to do which were aimed at strengthening the hip I had broken. I did them for some months until I got strong enough to walk daily with Prisilla, which - as you know - I am still doing. Yesterday I tried to do the exercises again and found that I could no longer do any of them - my muscles were no longer capable of stretching far enough. So I have started doing them again every day - so far yesterday and today. I find them very tiring but already I can feel myself loosening up - obviously I have to do both. Let's face it winter will soon be here with its slippery paths - I will not always be able to go out with Priscilla so now I must concentrate on getting those muscles strong and supple again. I will keep you posted on my progress.
Raining gently - big black clouds - see you all tomorrow.