Monday, 15 October 2012
It's 0745. I've been up for 2½ hours. Yes that's correct. I was up at 0515. The last of my visitors for the summer went off on the 0700 ferry from Stornoway to Ullapool. The bedding is washed and on the ironing board: well, the first lot anyway. Although there's been no rain since the thunderous hailstorm which happened just as David was loading the car, I decided to be environmentally unfriendly and use the drier because the threatening clouds and the forecast almost certainly mean that I'd be waiting days to get everything dry.
Now I have 16 days including today to sort out myself, the house, the garage, the car, the shed and the garden before I head off to the other side of the world. I also have a wealth of blog posts still to finish on Eagleton Notes.
And after I'd written that the best-laid schemes o' mice an' men gang aft agley (see explanation). Even the weather didn't go to plan and the day was glorious if a little on the cold side (actually it was very cold indeed despite the sun).
I then spent two hours answering questions for a Mori pollster who turned up on my doorstep on behalf of the Government (I did invite her in and offer tea) and a trip to town only to discover that the post office and bank were closed because it's a public holiday weekend (silly me).
Despite all that I have managed to get all the bedding washed and ironed and airing ready for the beds to be re-made, a tree cut down and some of the garden cleared and re-planted and Pat and Dave popped in for coffee and a catch-up.
It's been a Good Day.
Now I have 15 days........
I did have a few moments of amusement when I made the bed in the small bedroom and found a pair of socks and a book had fallen between the bed and the wall. If anyone who reads this blog happens to have slept in that bed and lost either item then perhaps they would care to make a claim!