I could easily have been annoyed. I did lose a bit of patience.
But let’s start from ten past five, when Rupert woke me up. Why, I have no idea, as his owners assure me he gets up at least as late (when possible) as they do. I’ve seen pictures of him on Facebook, fast asleep in bed at 9 o’clock. Today, he wanted to get up early. So I took him downstairs, of course – it was possible he needed to go out – and let both dogs out of the back door. I make tea and toast – buttered, darling, I felt in need of great indulgence – let the dogs in and went back up with Roo. Frankly, I wish I’d just sloped upstairs and left them to their own devices, because Rupert wasn’t keep to go back to sleep.
Today, it rained. In fact, it was quite odd. I was slumped in the porch, having fed the chickens and dogs and tidied up, and having no energy yet, when i heard it start to rain hard. I looked outside and it wasn’t raining … not for several seconds. I’d heard the rain falling out of the clouds and through the sky, well before it hit the ground. This may be well known, but I’d not noticed it before and was duly amazed.
Before long, it was bucketing down hard enough for me to hurry for the pans, just in time to catch the water pouring into the passageway. We’d run out of time to mend the gully. Unfortunately, some water still comes through by the study window (that’ll be cured tomorrow, I hope), but I’d left the trays in place there anyway. All the same, I got a bit miffed for a few minutes.
But then Dilly arrived with her three, then Weeza with her two. And we had a lovely day. Dilly was going to Norwich to see her sister, but Weeza stayed. When I was preparing lunch, with help – one child grating and one child chopping cheese, two cutting up cucumber and one slicing red pepper – and I was making a cheese sauce for pasta and cooking sausages, I observed that I was completely relaxed, although four young children behind me were wielding knives and the fifth was using a grater. So I’m evidently not too agitated after all. Not yet. But if we get much more of these violent rainstorms, I may not be responsible for my actions.