This morning the weather was absolutely beautiful - clear blue skies and I was determined to get out for a bit. Unfortunately all the jobs that needed doing, and Keith's lunch, meant I didn't get away until gone 1.30, by which time clouds were starting to appear.
I headed for the Elan Valley, because I felt a need for fresh air and autumn colours, for beauty and freedom. For the first time since we've been visiting the Elan Valley, the dams were full and water spilling over the top. It was quite something.
You can imagine the noise too.
I loved the scarlet of the Hawthorn haws against the snow white of the rushing water.
The best view of all was from the back of the Visitor centre, where I had stopped to buy several birthday cards and a special Christmas card for my dear friend Rosie in NZ.
I followed the lane along past Garreg Ddu Dam, where the sun was just slipping behind the hills (about 2.30 ish then).
The lane behind me, such a wonderful combination of colours from acidy green to amber to russet, with some deep fir green thrown in for good measure.
Looking above the reservoir through the young trees this side, to the established oak forests the other.
Huge rocky hillsides behind me.
I stopped at our favourite waterfall - Danny would have got pretty wet had he decided to climb this in autumn, rather than scramble up it almost dry-footed in the summer. It was comforting to think that we have put down memories in the short time we have been here (it will be three years in January).
Looking back down Garreg Ddu, I just stopped with flashers on and took a photo out of the car window.
Those rocky hillsides are quite something and tower a few hundred feet above your head.
Well, the handyman phoned last night and apologised for being away for a few days so he had only just got my messages. I bit my tongue and didn't say what I thought - you booked me in for 15th and then went on holiday . . . Revised timing - probably nearly Christmas! For heavens' sake! I found myself politely saying, "Ah well, I've only waited all my married life for this greenhouse, I guess a few more weeks won't matter . . ." Actually, I was longing to have my greenhouse to bring tender plants inside, start off seeds which will then grow on well from autumn-sowing, and generally be able to have some respite without going far from the house . . . and actually, I was hoping he would be here so he could fix the doorbell (needs a new battery and I can't get the cover off) and he could have replaced all three smoke alarm batteries for me too. I will go and see our neighbour who changes my water filter for me, as he won't mind being roped in. I'll reward him with a pot of jam.
Then I had to also phone the solicitor today, to say that the GP wasn't playing ball, and did he have an alternative suggestion. Of course he does, but it's going to be more money - judging by our research, another £350 . . .
But hey, on the upside I've had a lovely afternoon out and taken good photos to remember it by and share, feel greatly refreshed, got some lovely cards, remembered to buy replacement batteries and it's nearly the weekend. Have a good one.