Yet again, we are basking in glorious sunshine in Beetley, and enjoying temperatures around seventeen degrees. It is most unlike any October I can recall in recent years, so understandably welcome. It is unlikely to carry on like this for too long, so we are all making the best of it. The local children are on half-term break, so the park and playground areas are full of youngsters enjoying games of football, or using the swings and climbing frames. More dogs than ever are appearing over the meadow, and us dog-walkers are enjoying being able to stroll around without the encumbrance of heavy coats and boots. It feels very much like an unexpected bonus to the year, which of course is exactly what it is. So it is great to see everyone around here who is able to make best use of it, doing just that. Out earlier today with Ollie, we saw different people, and unknown dogs; not our usual afternoon crowd. I had to make an earlier start on our walk, so I would be sure to be home when our visitors arrive later
We have the extra pleasure of company this week. Julie’s oldest son is coming to stay today, with his girlfriend. They don’t often get a chance to make it this far, due to work commitments, so it will be very nice to see them. The visit has spurred us into some welcome extra house-cleaning and tidying. As a result, the whole place is nice and fresh, and as clean as a new pin. Add that to the bright weather, and a much better mood is guaranteed.
I have written before about low winter sun, and now we have low autumn sun. Despite being most welcome, it also has its drawbacks. It is so bright in the living room for most of the day, that it is actually hard to see properly. Short of wearing sunglasses indoors, I have to move the curtains around, to shield the room from the harshest light. Forget watching TV, using a smartphone, or computer in the early part of the day; the reflection on the screens makes it almost impossible. Driving has to be taken carefully too, as the sun creeps well below the fitted visors in our cars.
I know that this is a somewhat homely, and personal post. It is just to remind me, when I look back on it in the future, that we often had very nice weather, and that I wasn’t always moaning! I hope it’s nice where you are.