Well I did at least get a good walk in today as the weather, slightly Autumnal, was a clear blue sky and almost no wind. So after doing the Mind Games in The Times and giving the sun a couple of hours to warm up the land a bit Priscilla and I set off on our usual walk. We stopped to chat to the man who had planted and cared for the Hollyhock. I commented on how beautiful they had been and he said they felt it had been a risk but they were so pleased with the result that they intended to put up some sort of wooden trellis along the side of their house so that the holly hocks didn't fall about all over. My philosophy has always been to compliment people who have given me pleasure and he was obviously pleased I had mentioned them.
Getting back home I had a phone call from a friend to say that a mutual friend J had died suddenly. Maybe in her late seventies or thereabouts and seemingly fairly fit her husband had found her dead in bed - just peacefully asleep. A dreadful shock to everyone but how much more to him. It has unsettled us all for the day I am sure but how much more so for him when he has to adjust his whole life anew.
After lunch my neighbour H walked round and we chatted the afternoon away as the sun slowly sank and now, at half past six in the evening it is almost dark - and another ten weeks or so to the shortest day. I shall go and make myself a sandwich for my tea. I slept poorly last evening so I shall be ready for bed early this evening - hope I can stay awake through Gardeners' World.