Today Mr B and I had what he likes to call a "Drawbridge Day." These are the days when the skies are grey with falling rain, every tree and bush in the garden drips in melancholy, even the birds hop out of sight in the
search for shelter. There really is nothing for it but, as Mr B says, to "pull up the drawbridge."
Mr B likes Drawbridge Days. He enjoys shutting out the world and the weather, pottering
about indoors, watching a bit of TV, having a chat - he says it is We Two Against the Elements (but from the comfort of home.)
I like Drawbridge Days, too - but I prefer them if they don't last, well,
all day. Drawbridge Evenings are hunky-dory, and I can manage a Drawbridge Couple of Hours just fine. But a whole day is quite a challenge for me. Funnily enough, I can entertain myself perfectly happily indoors all day without fretting if
the weather is fine - it's just the knowledge that the wind and the rain (and the virtual drawbridge) are hemming me in that drives me crazy.
I finished my book (review coming soon on the Book Page!);
I waved my smoothing iron over several tops, two pairs of pyjamas, three pairs of trousers, a jumper and several shirts in my customary hope that the creases would magically fall out with the minimum of effort on my part; in desperation, I even made
a batch of sultana scones, having completely forgotten that I am trying to count my treacherous calories.
Mr B reminds me that Autumn is coming, then it will be Winter. There will be many
more Drawbridge Days. And he says, wistfully, that Drawbridge Days were really, really hard when he was on his own and I was at work, on those Days Before Retirement.
I am full of reforming
zeal. I will crack the challenge of the Drawbridge Day. We will retrieve the Wii Fit from under the bed in the spare room and / or invest in a Davina Fitness DVD. We will be like Wills and Kate and become fans of the Box Set. Just as
soon as I understand what a Box Set is.
We will start today. Let's butter those scones, turn on the fire and the TV, let's get cosy.
Pull up the drawbridge!