I'll write early so that I won't spend most of the evening in the kitchen. Last night, I remembered a whole lot more work to do and was here until 11.30.
Friends of ours moved house back in the summer - he is a good friend of mine in particular, and had asked me to drop in any time I was passing. Well, I'm not very good at dropping in so had been diffident about it, and a few weeks ago he reminded me. Then, last month, I finally had a week with some spare time, and then I got a cold, then it was our auction, then I was on holiday, then I had a lot to catch up on - anyway, the upshot was that I finally called in today. We'd exchanged emails the other day - he's the one thinking about buying an iPad - and I suggested today could be The Day.
I stayed for lunch and nearly for tea, I finally rolled home at 4 o'clock. The Sage had been out and phoned to find out where I was and to say he was going out again - I haven't seen him since he kindly brought me a cup of tea in bed this morning (you see, Roses, it does sometimes happen). It's a lovely house, though quite awkward, having a lot of steps between rooms, for someone who has rheumatoid arthritis and walks with a stick, but I can quite see why they loved it. It is situated on the edge of the town, so it's got the river running by the garden, you can see the road from the front but people can't look in and no one can see into the delightful garden at all. The lovely deli and wholefood shop, and the post office, are within 20 yards but you don't feel you're in the town at all. In addition, it's Georgian and very attractive. Not entirely practical, but I see no reason to be overly sensible either.
So, that's about all I've done today. It was only 4 when I got home, as I said, but the evening had already started because it was starting to drizzle and the light was failing. Can't wait for the government to drop GMT. I will feel as though I've gained an hour in every winter day.
This evening, Dilly is tutoring and Al has a governors' meeting, so one of us will babysit. I probably will make soup for supper, I've some lovely stock in the fridge and plenty of vegetables.