This weekend has been unusually busy for me so far.
Saturday morning we drove into Peel and parked at the far end of the Promenade so that we could go for a short walk by the sea in the crisp, dry autumn air and detour into the town to buy a newspaper and a small gift for a friend's birthday.
We stopped for coffee in the museum coffee shop and browsed their range of gifts. All the festive paraphernalia seems to be everywhere so early this year. Halloween ( or Hop Tu Naa here) and Guy Fawkes Night aren't even done yet and all the Christmas "stuff" is out.
Back home I got on with a couple of loads of washing while P went off to take part in a hill race. I managed to finish most of the two crosswords before he came back.
Then in the evening we met up with a group of friends for a meal in a local restaurant, only a five minute drive from home. It was a lovely evening with good company and good food at a very reasonable price.
This morning I met up with the usual group for our Sunday walk. It was quite damp, not exactly raining but mizzly enough to wet our hair. Coffee and a shared slice of yoghurt cake in the café afterwards.
Now, this afternoon, the sun has come out and I have been dozing on the sofa in the warmth coming in through the windows. P is outside pruning some of the wayward bushes encroaching on the driveway.
I am making a venison casserole for supper tonight and have put a bottle of pink fizz in the 'fridge to chill. I expect P will drink Merlot instead. He is not as keen on fizz - all the more for me!