Bright and clear on the ridge but banks of thick mist on the road to the bakers.
By the time we're back home the mist has burnt off and Sophie is in a happy 'skip' along mood.
Angus is sitting by his desk when there's a loud thump at the window. It's loud enough for Sophie to come hurtling up the stairs in vocal mood to see what's going on. A bird has flown into the glass. There's a small round bullet like hole where the beak has broken through. I assume it's perished in the process but there's no sign of it on the ground outside. Could it have, improbably, stunned itself and flown away ? The window pane was original to the house. Over the centuries the glass has run and was now gloriously uneven. There is a tradesman in the local market town who sources old 'run' glass. I shall call him to come and replace it. In the meantime a strip of sellotape covers the hole.
The Old Farmer wanders over to ask me what all the excitement is about. You know you live in a quiet place when a bird flying into a pane of glass is considered 'excitement'. Today our old neighbour will be working on his motor home. The fibre glass roof paneling has a few cracks that require filling and sanding. Not an activity that most 91 year olds would be considering. I offer to help him bring out the ladder but he rather grumpily informs me that he's 'quite capable of doing it himself'.
'The Font' is in the early stages of preparing for Christmas. The hideous Shaker candle sticks that were bought from an antique store in San Francisco forty years ago are brought out of the cellar and put on the table in the dining room. They were exorbitantly priced then and remain large, heavy and impractical now. Not what you would expect from Shakers. Angus thinks the dining room should be renovated but 'The Font' thinks the early 19th century decor is worth retaining. Angus points out where two centuries of moths and mice have been busy on the wall fabric but his opinion is dismissed. Angus takes solace in the fact that we won't have to pay for builders and painters.