They have journeyed into the West through wind and rain to be at one with nature
(Charlie and the kids have gone camping in Aberystwyth).
I, needless to say, do not feel the need to join them.
After they had gone I drove to Waitrose to buy treats. Indeed it was a treat to wander around the supermarket after several months of having my groceries delivered.
I bought a whole box of cherries, a ripe cantaloupe melon, bags of green salad leaves, big beef tomatoes, a beautiful steak, a piece of pearly cod, tiny dark olives and pungent French cheese not forgetting plenty of chocolate, ice cream and wine.
It poured with rain when I got back. I thought of the campers pitching their tents in it and fervently hoped they would not be tempted to return.
I decided to wash my granny squares blanket. Tomorrow I will be attempting to repair the ravages of the washing machine.
I took solace in an elderflower G&T.*
Then I made salt and pepper squid for my supper with garlicky mayonnaise.
Now I am pouring a glass of Shiraz and preparing to watch Julie and Julia which seems like the perfect thing to watch at the start of what promises to be seven days of delicious food; also Google tells me that today is Julia Child's birthday.
* My gin came with a free sample of elderflower cordial plus this recipe;
50ml gin, 5-10ml elderflower cordial, 150ml tonic, lots of ice.