It has been a strange week somehow! The events of last week started those of this in that last Wednesday we were due our yearly central heating boiler service. The boiler was 16 years old and we had been thinking about replacing it perhaps this summer but when the maintenance man arrived he took one look and condemned it! I think he thought it was one of these.
We got a local firm to look at replacing it but they couldn't come until Monday. Of course the lack of heat had to coincide with a dip in the temperatures over the last very damp weekend. However Monday eventually arrived and we now have a new boiler installed just as the weather has turned warmer again. The gas fitters discovered another problem so the next day we had to have a plumber in before we could reconnect the washing machine but now all is well, the cats are happy and warm again and there is washing blowing on the line in the sunshine. We did manage to get out and about a bit during the week so below are some of the things we have seen and done.
The Tudor Group at Haddon Hall on Saturday 10th May, it was a damp, showery day with far fewer visitors than I remember from last time. The two ladies in the chapel were practising a song from the period - their voices raised together in complete harmony made the hairs stand on the back of my neck.
A walk in the bluebell woods in between the showers. I can never seem to capture the intense blue. You can just see an orange tip butterfly on one of the flowers bottom right.
Out in the garden on Thursday after what seemed like days of rain. The lawns were cut some weeding started and the front drive tidied up and the windows cleaned.
Yesterday, Friday, we went to Biddulph Grange for our friend's special birthday. After lunch at home we spent the afternoon wandering around and enjoyed tea and cake in the cafe. Such a treat and lovely to spend time with special friends.
I just had to add this photo of some runner ducks in the wet car park at Rowsley where we had stopped on our way to Haddon Hall. The car park was full of ducks who all went rushing to each new car as it arrived in the hope of food coming their way.
Hope you have a lovely weekend.