“A drop fell on the apple tree, Another on the roof; A half a dozen kissed the eaves, And made the gables laugh.”

A drop fell on the apple tree,
Another on the roof;
A half a dozen kissed the eaves,
And made the gables laugh.

A few went out to help the brook,
That went to help the sea.
Myself conjectured, Were they pearls,
What necklaces could be!

The dust replaced in hoisted roads,
The birds jocoser sung;
The sunshine threw his hat away,
The orchards spangles hung.

The breezes brought dejected lutes,
And bathed them in the glee;
The East put out a single flag,
And signed the fete away.

Emily Dickinson

Today we have rain. Not that heavy rain that runs down the road in rivulets, but a series of periods of lighter rain that has successfully wetted all the plants and shrubs and made them drip on to the beds below. The sort of rain that soaks in slowly rather than flooding the roots.

We got off to a good start when Kevin the Builder came round with his mate to examine our chimney, which has started to loose its render. He got a good idea of what was needed which he tried to explain to them but which I couldn’t take in because of my deafness, and went off promising to ‘put a price’ through the letter box. He seems like a nice chap, was recommended unequivocally by Mitchell of the electricians who come to is, and is he is also the husband of the lovely Practice Nurse at our Health Centre, Joanne.

At 1.00 pm I myself visited the Health Centre but my appointment was with Megan, someone I have not met before. She says she has been here for two months. “Do you think you are going to like it it ?” was my snappy catch answer, “I do”, she said, “I like it very much” so Kirkcudbright seems to be doing its stuff on her alright. She took my blood (must remember to use my left arm for this more often) and made my appointment for next month.

Tongland Bridge, Nicola Forsyth

When I take one of the cars out I usually go for a short drive afterwards to give the battery a good charge and get the engine thoroughly warmed up. Today in my passage through Tongland I had to stop at a set of lights because BT Openreach are digging trenches all along the pavement. They and NETEL have been at work for some time in the town, and are now progressing northwards. There have been no public announcements about this work but presumably it has something to do with the installation of fibre optic cable. So, are we, might we, be going to get FTTP one day ?

About Ian

Retired Clergyman, and former RAF person. Lives in Kirkcudbright, SW Scotland. One wife. Two children, three grandchildren and two great grandchildren scattered across UK, Europe and the USA. Long time member of the European Movement, and latterly of the Scottish National Party. ""Here's to us; who is as good as us? Damn few, and they're all dead"
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