Brett usually has a day off on Thursday, but a colleague was sick today, so he went to cover the morning for them. I took the opportunity to go into town with him, do a little early morning shopping, and return home to un-rug the horses after the frosty night - it was nice and sunny by the time I was home, and the horses lined up for my attention before rolling in the big sand patch. I meant to plant all my greenhouse peas out today, but had a big bucket of tomatoes to harvest all over the garden, so ended up doing only one tray out of three, but I'm making tomato soup this evening (and there's more for the freezer). It was lovely to be in the garden in the autumn sun, with some jigs playing through the open window - even the donkeys lined up to listen.
I had only an hour before turning around and going back to town for a haircut, and then a lunch date. I have an ultra-cool hairdresser called Dee. She is excellent at making me look civilised, has interesting stories to tell, and laughs when I say we're all only three meals and a haircut away from savagery. Because we're going into winter now, I had my hair shaped up at the back, off my neck. Over the summer I have it long at the back to protect me from sunburn.
After that, I collected my lovely husband for our lunch date at the Turkish bakery in York Street. We love this place, unpretentious, excellent, and run by actual Turkish people! They make outstanding kebabs - we both had steak kebabs served in crispy flatbread, with salad, egg, cheese, and sauces of our choice. Leaves even the best hamburger completely for dead. While waiting, we held hands on the table and gazed into each other's eyes like honeymooners, which is amusing, because we've been married over 11 years. There was
some evidence of being long-time married in the irreverence and the teasing going on as well.
We just love going on little dates like this, and should do it more... Coffee and hot chocolate to go with baklava rounded out the meal nicely.
Next, we headed for the beach. Because of my stress fracture I can't walk fast or a long way at the moment, so we brought the dog's ball slinger and had a great time just ambling up and down the beach a bit, watching the dog chase the waves, playing ball with her when she'd finished with the waves, and just taking in the picture-postcard scene. The weather was completely glorious - cool and sunny, with a light breeze - and the colours down at Mistaken Island were amazing - hundreds of shades of blue in the sea, set against snow-white sand, orange and grey rocks, hundreds of shades of green in the vegetation, and a cerulean sky. The islands further out looked gorgeous too. It's such an acutely beautiful place. We didn't take a camera, so I'll post a few good pictures off the web today.
It's really worth clicking on the last photo to enlarge, and see all the amazing colours!