The spell of pleasant early winter weather lifts the spirits: sunny days and overnight rain.
The best news is that Denis was allowed home from hospital at the weekend. He is using a walking frame but a good recovery is on the cards. The medical consensus appears to be that his stroke-like first symptoms reflected a "transient bleeding"; and the bleeding ceased before more serious damage was done. I expect to see him in about an hour's time.
Yesterday I was pruning dead limbs from an old almond tree. The wood burns a treat - unlike the wet and smoky swamp oak. Hardly a surprise.