Great news. Two tiny moorhen chicks are seen bobbing about happily on the village pond. As we approach their mother shoos them into the safety of the irises . From their size I'd guess they were two days old and this was their first outing.
The pool men show up to start work on laying the stone round the pool. This is a surprise as the last thing we'd heard was that they were coming at the end of May.
The pump on the pools filtration system gave up the ghost three weeks ago. Angus arranged for a firm to come and fit the replacement. They were due next week but show up ( unannounced ) this morning to find the pool men hard at work laying stone. The chief pump replacement man is an unhappy individual. ' We can't get this done with these people faffing around' he says in a tone of voice that somehow conveys both irritation and a firm belief that I'm sixpence short of a shilling. They go. The pool house containing the pump is some distance away from the stone laying workmen so this reaction is a surprise.
Sophie is oblivious to this drama. All she knows is that there are workmen here and they haven't brought Jaffa cakes.