Today has been spent doing normal things, a small oasis of calm before our next lovely guests arrive.
Dobson was having an off day and refused to walk along the lane with me. I tried persuading him, but he dug he heels in. I wasn't prepared to drag him along on a walk, so I took him back to the garden and went off by myself.
Through Butterbump Splash and along the lane to Dovecote Dell.
I took a small detour to the church yard, then down through the farmyard - a very muddy farmyard, just as well I was wearing Wellies. The air was mild, the sun was shining. It was wonderful.
Back home, I baked a sponge cake and a load of chocolate brownies, then used the sponge to make an enormous trifle. Beth and James are staying with us for a few days, so they will make short work of it. I also made a vast potato salad and a big pot curry. I plan to do relaxed entertaining and easy meals.
Max has been busy in the garden - shredding the mini mountain of sticks which have blown down through the year. They were soon shredded and scattered along the pathways around the vegetable garden, forming a nice dry surface.
We always enjoy this job - it tidies up the woodland and it provides us with free mulch. Win-win...and fresh air, to boot.
Poppy, Miles, I'll post photographs and more news tomorrow. The internet has been dropping in and out today, sorely trying my patience.