It makes me realise how much of this job is just turning up and smiling and being interested. I arrived at school as usual on a Friday, but only three pupils turned up for music, one of whom didn't belong there anyway as the others were all involved in the sports. So I thought, rather than just slope off home, I'd go and show an interest. And do you know, five teachers all came up separately to shake my hand and thank me for coming.
It was hot and sunny, but the breeze was refreshing this morning, which one couldn't say this afternoon when the wind turned warm and humid. This evening, I picked broad beans, courgette and swiss chard and then went to cook dinner - with both Aga lids up and several pans simmering, the kitchen was dreadfully hot and I felt extremely hot and bothered by the time dinner was ready. Afterwards, Dilly and I walked round the village to put up posters for the festival next Saturday - it was still too warm to refresh but I did cool down to an extent.
We had our first tomato from the garden yesterday, by the way - most of it, at any rate. A blackbird (I suspect) had sampled it first. I picked it to eat anyway - I'm not concerned about germs from a tomato shared with a bird. I've caught a lot more diseases from people than I'm ever likely to get from any other animal.