Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Retail Therapy

I'd half thought about going clothes shopping today to buy some goodies for my holiday. However, last night I started placing the orders for the bathroom furniture and other things needed for the second week of September and I want to get that finished today. Clothes shopping can wait until later in the week.

I've had a very early start as I've already driven to Swindon and back, normally a 50 minute drive each way but the roads are extra busy because of the train strike so it took 90 minutes to get there. Lauren is attending a one day training course for her new job, the trains aren't running, and although there are coaches laid on, she couldn't get there in time. 

Now I'm home to find a message from the instrument repairer to say that there are two band instruments ready for collection, so my next job si to go and collect them. Then this afternoon I will take a trip over to Frome to order the tiles for the bathroom and the ensuite. By the end of the day, all the orders will be placed and then I can arrange for a decorator to quote to complete the rest of the house, and ask a couple of companies to quote for new carpets and bathroom flooring. It's almost inconvenient that I'm going on holiday ... but only 'almost' as I'm looking forward to the holiday just as much as I'm excited to get the work started.

Changing the subject completely, I took another photo for the SPSH on my way back home this morning. This is for No 13 | equal portions

Monday, 30 July 2018

It's Started!

N arrived bright and early this morning to start work. He's currently outside replacing the post supporting the side gate which was damaged earlier this year when kids climbed over into my garden to 'find their ball!'. Their parents are paying for this, not happily, but they are responsible for the damage caused by their children. When asked why they didn't do the right thing and ring the bell, the boys looked very sheepish and wouldn't answer so I have doubts about what they were really up to. I haven't had any problems since so hopefully involving the parents has resolved that issue before their behaviour became a problem.

This means I'm hanging around at home today and I'm not sure what to do with myself. I have a couple of phone calls to make later but apart from that ... I don't know. I'm waiting on my neighbours, who both work nights, to wake so their side gate can be opened to allow access to their side of the fence panel which also has to be replaced, so can't wander off until that's sorted. I'm also expecting a friend to drop some books back that she borrowed, which'll be today ... some time! I can't start the laundry or do any cooking as once N has finished outside he will be completing some bits and pieces in the kitchen and I don't want to be in the way.

At the moment I'm upstairs to type this and deal with my emails, but once that's done it may be a day for staying out of the way and reading. That sounds like a plan!

Sunday, 29 July 2018

Sunday


I think it is a day for staying indoors! Part of me wants to go for a long walk in the rain but ... it's the final dose of antibiotics today and I want to get better before my holiday, so am sticking to the rest and relax regime. I'll finish reading my book (Zodiac by Sam Wilson, a disappointing read but I want to know what happens to one character so will finish it), may do a bit more on the family tree, and may pack away the ornaments ready for the work to start.

The electrician is calling in tomorrow to discuss a few additions and one change to his original quote, and I'm hoping he will be able to give a date for starting on the work. N will be here so they will be able to agree the dates together. My contribution will be the provision of tea, coffee, biscuits, and supervision!

Saturday, 28 July 2018

Three Good Things

It's not even lunch time and already there are three things worth celebrating.

One | the home improvement work has finally started. N has a bit of free time between other jobs so is using it to complete some of my smaller jobs ... boxing in the pipe from when the new boiler was installed (luckily I have extra tiles from when the kitchen was done), installing a drying rack in the airing cupboard, and repairing a fence panel and the side gate. He's here again on Monday to carry on with the smaller jobs and then the main work will start almost as soon as I get back from holiday at the end if August.

Two | it was the monthly family history society meeting on Thursday, a members night when people help problem solve and/or share ideas on how someone can move forward with their research. I've been stuck on my Imber ancestors for a while now so was hoping for a suggestion on sorting it out. It turns out that one of the other members has Imber ancestors, a different family but who had married various members of my family through the years. He was told about my interest and he brought all of his research with him for me to look through to see if it was of any help. He also had copies of the transcripts of the parish registers which he's loaned to me. Well the end result is that a couple of hours yesterday together with another session this morning and I've got it sorted. I've added another generation and have some information on the preceding two generations but now need to access the Heytesbury records for the next lot of research.

Three | as I type this post all I can hear is the thunderstorm. Yes, it's raining at long last! The forecast is for rain all day today and tomorrow, so lets hope that for once the forecast is correct. 

Friday, 27 July 2018

SPSH - July Link Up

I have one new photo for the scavenger hunt - No 8 | a pile of ...

... crisps. The idea came to me when I was preparing my lunch!





Stripes, a framed view, and glorious green

Something that could be from a favourite book, movie or song

Field of plenty


Many thanks to Mary-Lou who is organising the hunt and who will list all the other participants on her blog.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

In The Garden


There are lots of splashes of red around the garden as the crocosmia (Lucifer) comes into flower. The plant in the terracotta pot is leucothoe zeblid and is starting the change from its yellowy-green summer leaves to its deep burgundy autumn colour. The euonymus, in a pot just to the left of where I stood to take the photo, is also starting the transition and will soon be showing off its bright pink leaves.

I'm looking for ideas of small shrubs which are grown for their foliage and/or colour rather than for their flowers so if anyone has any suggestions it will be very much appreciated. Thank you.

Monday, 16 July 2018

Me On Monday

Dotted in between my Monday morning waffling are the final photos from the art exhibition, 'Celebrating Art in the Garden'.

So, Monday finds me feeling raring to go in a gently-paced-let's-not-be-silly sort of way. This morning I'll pop over to see J for a few games of Rummikub and on the way back will call into the Town Hall to collect some folders and music. As part of the presentations on Saturday, the children being promoted to the junior band will swap their beginners' tutor book for their band music folder - I just have to get them ready! 

'The Ponderer' by Jilly Sutton MRSS

This afternoon I'll carry on with the bits and bobs of admin. There's nothing particularly important left to do, but it's very satisfying to get it out of the way. Once that's done, probably about a couple of hours work, I'll make a start on moving the remaining stuff from the old laptop. This is mostly photos, all of which are backed up on a separate hard drive, but I miss having some of my older photos appearing randomly on the screen saver so I'll select some suitable ones and find them a home on the new laptop.


'Old Salt' by Jilly Sutton MRSS

The exciting news of the weekend is that the guy who is going to do all the home improvements in late September, emailed to say he could make a start on some of the smaller jobs next week. I don't know which ones he'll choose to do, and don't really mind, but it'll be lovely to get things started. One of the things to do is a repair to the garden gate and part of the fence so if he decides to start work on those, what's the betting that it'll rain?


'Bruiser' by Dominic Clare

When I was sorting through paperwork for filing yesterday I came across the initial letter from the eye department at the hospital stating that I'd be called back for another eye examination after three months. Well, that appointment should have been some time in June but there's been no sign of it, so I need to phone the department and see what's happening. 


'I Was In Two Minds' by Dominic Clare
I can't think of anything else to tell you so I'm off to get my breakfast now - dippy egg with toast soldiers, black coffee and possibly some fruit to finish.

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Sunday

I woke reasonably early today, starting my day by reading and commenting on some blogs, but then I seemed to have dozed off again. I must have been tired because I slept right through and didn't wake again until 11:50am. Thankfully I didn't have any plans at all for today so I'm not having to play catch up!

I had some toast for a very late breakfast, mainly so I could take my tablets, and since then have been pottering about. I didn't do the washing up yesterday so I did that after breakfast and then did a quick tidy of the kitchen. Once I'd finished that I moved back upstairs and have been really industrious sorting through random to-do piles and catching up with all the odds and ends of admin that I keep putting off. The windows are open, the fan is on, the blinds are closed and the house is lovely and cool. I'm actually enjoying myself! I've made the final payments on two of my August holidays, made a start on the certificates for the band presentations on Saturday, filled two bags with shredded documents (shredding = the most boring job ever!), sorted a big pile of filing, and have made good progress on some additions to my 'when I'm gone' folder.

I've just realised what the time is so I need to go and cobble up something to eat for lunch before too long. My knee is still not right but isn't as painful as it was yesterday. I'm reasonably sure that I've just pulled a muscle so will continue to monitor it but probably won't bother to see the doctor about it. 

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Saturday

Well the garden is happy. We had some rain yesterday, not nearly enough, but the plants don't look quite so desperate this morning.  According to the weather app on my phone, the next lot of rain is due on Friday, so no real let up with the heat.

Later this mornng it's the penultimate band practice of the current academic year. The children are playing so well that it's a shame we are taking a break. This happens every year, as the standard drops over the summer break due to lack of practice, but at least they are enthusiastic when we return in September. 

This afternoon and evening will be spent quietly at home, movng as little as possible. I've somehow managed to hurt my other knee so, once again, walking is painful. It's nowhere near as bad as before and I don't think I've torn the cartilage as the pain is in the back of my knee, radiating down to my calf muscle. I haven't tried Dr Google yet but will probably give in and self diagnose. I will make a doctor's appointment if there is no improvement by Sunday. In the meantime it seems like the ideal opportunity to catch up with the reruns of Doctor Who on BBC iPlayer.

Friday, 13 July 2018

Take Three Thursday - Sculptures

Many thanks for the kind comments yesterday. I'm feeling much more cheerful today, not quite back to normal but getting there. I'm not sure if it was the lovely cyber cwtches from Ladkyis, L's wonderful company at lunch, or the three scoops of homemade ice cream I had for dessert. Probably a combination of all three! 

I realised quite late last night that I hadn't taken any photos for Mary-Lou's 'Take Three Thursday' so I'm sharing three more from the 'Celebrating Art in the Garden' exhibition. The three I've chosen for today are all by John O'Connor and all celebrate the human form ...


'Inner Space'

'Summer'

'Alchemy of the Heart'

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Out To Lunch

It wasn't the best choice of film yesterday. I wasn't aware of the subject matter of 'The Leisure Seeker' starring Helen Mirren and Donald Southerland and if I had known, I wouldn't have gone to see it. It was well acted, there were plenty of comic moments, but overall it was a very sad story. Although it dealt with a completely different illness, the portrayal of watching the person you know and love disappear as the illness progresses was a bit too close to home for me. I left the cinema feeling very melancholy, a feeling that stayed with me for the rest of the day, and is still with me this morning.

I don't think it's a day for being at home on my own so I've arranged to meet a friend for coffee and probably lunch. I haven't seen L for a few weeks so we'll have plenty to talk about, laughs are guaranteed and I should be able to shake myself out of this mood. A pudding or two will help!

Back tomorrow in a more cheerful frame of mind.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Yesterday and Today

I've finally caught up with the skip runs. A good part of yesterday morning was tied up with taking the garden waste and rubbish from the garage to the local recycling centre. It took three car loads to clear everything out but, as last time, a member of staff helped me empty the car on each trip. I didn't have to ask, there was someone offering to help as soon as I'd parked the car. Either I look pathetic or it's their new policy -  I noticed plenty of staff around all helping to unload cars. The contract to run the recycling centre was recently awarded to a new firm and it's certainly been a change for the better. My neighbour has also kindly said that I can put any garden waste in their recycling bin if there is room, so that will make things easier in the future. 

Yesterday was also all about catching up with the laundry. Two loads done, dried, and either put away or stacked on the ironing pile. It was a lot cooler so I could have got on with the ironing without melting, but I opted to get some of the band admin done and out of the way instead. In two weeks time it's our end of term concert to parents, the AGM and the end of year presentations to the children, so I made a start on printing the certificates. I just have to check the registers and work out who has won the attendance award, finish writing my reports for the AGM, and then I'm pretty much up to date on the secretarial side, just the financial side still to check.

Last night I went to see the comedian, Tom Allen. I've been to see lots of comedians over the last five years and, although I've always enjoyed them on TV, I've been slightly disappointed when seeing them live. The only ones who fully lived up to expectations were Jason Manford, Alan Davies, Sandie Toksvig and Sarah Millican, and now I can add Tom Allen to that list ... a brilliant evening!

Later this morning I'm off to a Silver Screen showing of 'The Leisure Seekers' at the Odeon; only £3 per person and that includes coffee and biscuits. I missed it when it was first released so I'm pleased to have this chance to see it. Going to the cinema during the day, and especially in the morning, is a bit of a guilty pleasure trying to ignore that feeling that I should be doing something more constructive with my time ... it won't stop me enjoying the film though! 

This afternoon I hope to do a bit more in the garden and maybe try to move some of the pots around. At the very least I need to wash the patio furniture to clear off a huge spider's web as I have friends coming round this evening and I'd like us to sit outside - now I'm getting rid of the living room furniture, I'm in the strange situation of having more seating outside than in until the new furniture is delivered. I have no idea when that will be as I haven't even chosen it yet!

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Summer Adventures

I've finished planning my summer adventures, taking me up to the end of August. Some of them are already booked and will definitely happen but the last four on the list are some things I'd like to do this summer if I can fit them in.
  • See the comedian, Tom Allen on stage in Frome 
  • Tour of the Chained Library at Wells Cathedral
  • See an ABBA tribute group
  • Holiday in the Peak District
  • City Break in Liverpool 
  • Holiday in Brecon
  • Bath Abbey Tower Tour
  • Visit the model village at Bourton-in-the-Water
  • A day trip to the coast
  • Sightseeing in Bristol 
I'll be able to cross the first one off the list tonight as I'll be sitting in the front row of the balcony seats in the Memorial Theatre, watching Tom Allen.

Over the next two weeks I need to catch up on the band admin as, for the first time in years, I'm taking a complete break from anything to do with the band during our summer break. It'll be my first summer break in years where I don't have to make time for lesson planning, band, or anything music/teaching related. I've been retired for a week now ... it feels good!

Monday, 9 July 2018

A Busy Few Days

Me on this very hot Monday is feeling completely drained after a busy few days. The band played in church yesterday and it was baking in there. I melted! I was expecting it to be refreshingly cool as we always freeze when we play there at Christmas, but no such luck! We sounded good though - the accoustics in the church really suit a brass band.

Saturday at band practice was also hard work due to the heat - it's not easy to play when you are perspiring so much that it's a bit of a challenge to keep the mouthpiece in place on your lips. One of the parents took pity on us a brought two large fans in to try to keep the temperature down in the practice room, which helped a bit.

On Friday I'd seen my doctor, collected my prescription and then went back home for some time in the garden. It was too hot to do much and it was a case of 20 minutes out in the sun and then back inside to cool down and summon up the energy to go back out and do some more. When I got fed up of playing that game, I settled down indoors and started editing the photos from Thursday.

Thursday was when I went to the 'Celebrating Art in the Garden' exhibition at Urchfont. I knew it was finishing yesterday, so I'd fitted in a quick trip and I'm really glad I did. It was excellent and I'll look out for it again next year. In the evening I went to watch a live screening of 'Everybody's Talking About Jamie' at the local Odeon. I didn't know anything about this, except that it's a musical,  but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'd definitely go to see it again. 

Later this morning I'm off to play a few games of Rummikub with J and then it's back home to do a bit of housework, have some lunch (probably salad), and then an afternoon taking the garden rubbish and some stuff I've cleared out of the garage to the skip.

I've just sponsored my great niece, Little Miss C. When she was four years old she saw a TV programme where a liitle girl had lost her hair as a result of chemotherapy. She was very upset about this and when she found out that it was possible for people to donate hair so that poorly children could have wigs, she asked if she was allowed to do that. Well five years later, her beautiful red hair is long enough and she will be having it cut in about four or five weeks. I'm so proud of her. 


Sunday, 8 July 2018

SPSH | A Few More Finds ...

Of course, the 'Celebrating Art in the Garden' Exhibition was a perfect place to find some more images for the scavenger hunt.

The first three are all by Tom Hiscocks and are for No 2 | stripes. The first two photos are different angles of 'Drinking Horse' and the third one is titled 'Female Torso II'.





I've found three more for No 4 | wings. The first one is by Hayley Jones, the artist who also made the robins, and is titled 'Taking Flight'. The two mosaics are by Jacquie Primrose, 'Bees and Butterflies' and 'Dragonflies'.






I was lucky enough to find an image for No 7 | Unexpected Reflection. I first saw this one from a distance and thought the entire circle was filled with models of birds, but as I got closer and the angle changed, I realised that the centre was actually a mirror reflecting the birds arranged around the outer circle. I think this was titled 'Feeding Table' but I can't tell you the name of the artist - this was on sale in the shop.



Here's another one for No 12 | bells. This was part of an installation by Alison Berman titled 'Are You One of Them or One of Us'. The tree was full of mortar boards and bowler hats each type fitted with either a sheep or a goat bell.




The final image is for No 14 | a trilogy of three and is another set of mosaics by Jacquie Primrose titled 'Abstract Teardrops'.


Saturday, 7 July 2018

5 in 5 | Celebrating Art in the Garden

I'm joining in with Sandie's monthly 5 in 5 meme, where you are asked to set a timer for five minutes, take as many picture as you want in the five minutes and then choose five of those images to share.

I'm sharing five more images from the 'Celebrating Art in the Garden Exhibition' at Urchfont Manor. This is an annual event organised by the Friends of the Garden and their aim is, to quote from their catalogue of the event, "to foster public appreciation of contemporary sculpture and to fund bursaries for artists."  It was an excellent event, very cheap at only £5 entry, and in a beautiful setting - I'll definitely look out for it again next year.

I'll be honest and say that I didn't actually set a timer for the designated five minutes but the images I've chosen are all from the same part of the exhibition, so it's close enough ... probably!

The first two are the work of Alison Berman - 'House on Stilts' and 'Dark Horses'. There was something about the houses that really grabbed my attention and is one of my favourite pieces from the exhibition. If you look closely you'll see that the horses don't have legs and are suspended from the trees. I couldn't decide whether I liked it or not. 



The third image is of a sculpture by Dominic Clare and is titled 'Twist & Wiggle'. There were other sculptures by him which I preferred and which I'll show in another post, but I liked the curves in this one. I haven't really managed to capture the beautiful grain in the oak, so the image is a bit lacking!



This one is called 'Man Who Caught The Moon' and is a bronze by Giles Penny RWA. I love the simplicity of this one.



And to finish off, one of the pieces of hand blown glass by Lynn Baker. All different coloured glass 'cocoons' hanging in the tree ... simply beautiful.


A big thank you to Sandie for organising this meme. It's now been running for five year and Sandie is celebrating with a series of post over on her blog. Why not pop over and see?

Friday, 6 July 2018

Take Three Thursday - Robins

Yesterday I went to the 'Art in the Garden Exhibition' at Urchfont Manor. I took loads of photos and will be sharing some of them with you over the next few days ... stop groaning!!

Today it the turn of the robins, found in the vegetable garden. Three different sculptures of robins, all the work of Hayley Jones, which I'm sharing as part of Mary-Lou's 'Take Three Thursday' where the idea is to take three photos that are linked in some way.




Thursday, 5 July 2018

Active Health Assessment

Yesterday I had my Active Health assessment at the local gym. I wasn't sure what to expect but actually left feeling quite positive about it.

The assessment started with general info gathering, i.e. height, weight, age, blood pressure, and continued with an overview of my general health and any existing problems which could impact on exercising - that bit of the form wasn't  big enough to fit in all the details!! 

The next part of the assessment required me to respond to numerous questions on how I perceive my current level of fitness, my commitment to improving that level of fitness, and the importance of that fitness to my lifestyle. Each question was assessed out of 10 and my answers will be reviewed after twelve weeks.

After this, he explained the cost of membership and talked through exactly what was available to me. The full membership price is £33 per month, but as this is a health referral I will have to pay £24 per month for the first six months, £28 per month for the remaining six months, and then full membership after twelve months. This will give me unlimited access to the gym, pool, exercise classes, and courts (squash/badminton etc.). It is possible to pay per session/activity but that would be too expensive if I want to go regularly. The membership covers all of the Wiltshire Council leisure centres, so I can also consider the different classes offered in any one of the twelve centres.

I've settled on using the gym and maybe attending a weekly active health circuit group that he runs. This group sounds really good as there is a social aspect as well as the supervised exercise but it means committing to a regular time each week which currently clashes with something else I want to do. He will now devise a bespoke exercise plan for the gym to take account of my medical issues and the targets I've set - i.e. get fit, lose weight! I have a routine doctor's appointment on Friday and he's asked that I check whether there is any aspect of exercising I need to avoid due to the problems with my eyes. I actually think I'm past the time period when there was a risk of serious problems, but it's as well to check.

I go back for my next appointment at the end of August as it wasn't worth joining until I return from my holidays. At this appointment I'll be shown how to use/adjust the various gym machines and be supervised through the various exercises in my bespoke routine. After that, I'll be on my own but I've been assured that there is always a gym instructor in the room to help if needed. I'll then be assessed after six weeks and again after twelve weeks, when a report will be sent to my doctor who will review to determine whether further support is required.

In the meantime I'll carry on with my daily walking and try to get back to walking for 30 minutes every day. 

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Retired!

That's it! No more teaching in schools as of 3pm yesterday. 

I had a lovely send off by the school. All the children were seated in the hall with me sitting on the 'special' chair at the front, while various children stood up one at a time to say what they had enjoyed most about learning to play the recorder. Then a presentation of a huge card signed by all of the children I've been teaching this year, some other cards from individual children, a beautiful bouquet, and a card from the admin staff (see photo). I can't show the huge card as it has all the children's names on it but I can share the poem they'd written inside, which goes ...

Roses are red, 
Violets are blue, 
You are retiring, 
We love you xx


I will see them all again in the not too distant future as I'll be going back to the school in September for an afternoon to run a brass instrument workshop with the year 3s in the hope of getting some new learners at the youth band. I also plan to go in and listen to reading from time to time, and my name is staying on the list of helpers for school trips.

I felt quite emotional last night and this morning feel a bit 'empty' ... not sure if that's the correct word ... but I know I've made the right decision so now it's time to look to the future and get on with enjoying this retirement lark!

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

SPSH - A Trip To Bath

Bath is always my lucky place for finding images for the scavenger hunt. Here's yesterday's finds:

No 4 | wings. This is the back view of the Angel of Peace, a memorial to King Edward VII which is in Parade Gardens in Bath. I was too much of a cheapskate to pay the entry fee, hence the back view only!



No 5 | pedal power. I took this photo just in case I didn't find a better one for this prompt. I was hoping to find the bike riding skeleton but it wasn't out on display yesterday.



No 6 | glorious green. This is getting close to the photo I was hoping for but I've lost the detail in the sky, so will have to try again!



No 11| pretty in pink. This year's sculpture trail around Bath is Minerva's Owls and this is the only pink one.



No 12 | bells. Not one but twelve! A local pub sign.



No 14 | a trilogy of three. These three old petrol pumps are in Steeple Ashton and are very well known, even appearing on some maps.



No 17 | re-purposed. This is another 'just in case' one, a telephone kiosk re-purposed to display plants.



I have seven more left to find:
the rosiness of red
an unexpected reflection
a pile of
looks smaller than you
equal portions
out of the blue
picture postcard perfect

Monday, 2 July 2018

This Week

Well despite feeling so tired yesterday, I ended up having a reasonably productive day - two loads of laundry dried and put away (didn't need ironing!!), the family bathroom tidied, and I caught up with some outstanding emails. I slept most of the afternoon, ordered and ate a delicious Indian meal (with left overs for today), and went to bed before 9pm. I must have fallen asleep as soon as my head touched the pillow and I've woken this morning feeling able to face the world again.

This week looks to be a busy week but not so busy that I'll be rushing around. Later this morning I'm off to play a few games of Rummikub with J and then I hope to get to Bath to take some photos. If it all goes according to plan I'll be stopping for a meal on the way, and will spend a couple of hours in the city looking for photos for the SPSH.

one of the climbing roses 

Tuesday morning I may go to an event in the village hall, organised by one of my neighbours in aid of a breast cancer charity. However, the big event of the day will be my last ever teaching session in a local school. At 3:00pm on Tuesday I will be officially retired!


this is the white climber with an identity crisis and a love of pink!

Wednesday will start with a haircut (at home) and then it will be the rescheduled Active Health Assessment at the gym.


I don't know what this is but it's pretty and is staying for now

Thursday I have friends coming round for lunch and then in the evening I'll be watching a live screening from London's Apollo Theatre of 'Everyone's Talking About Jamie'. 


the first pink leaves on the euonymus, earlier than expected!

I have a doctor's appointment on Friday and will probably need to do some shopping to top up the fresh fruit and veg. Saturday will be the usual band practice and then on Sunday, the band will be playing at the Civic Service in the Parish Church.

Written out like this, it sounds like I'm doing a lot but I'll have plenty of free time in between all the appointments and events. 

The photos were taken in the garden yesterday. 

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Sunday

The trouble with having lots of quiet, relaxing days doing very little is that it's hard to get going again. I seem to have lost my get-up-and-go somewhere along the way and I can't summon up any enthusiasm for anything today.

It's much cooler, it's cloudy so no bright sunshine and there's a lovely refreshing breeze so it's an ideal day to be out and about. I, however, am currently lolling about on the sofa feeling like I need a nap even though I only hauled myself out of bed at 8 am after a good eight hours sleep. Steaming hot mugs of coffee haven't done their usual trick, nor has the bacon sandwich I ate for breakfast so I've given in to the fact that I'm in a lazy mood and will have another day at home. 

I'll probably sleep a lot as that's what my body seems to be wanting, but maybe I'll be able to fit in a bit of reading and some TV time (if there's anything on worth watching). I'm fairly sure there will also be a takeaway delivery to round of the day!