Writing my journal and walking Sam on a pouring wet day visiting Brampton Garden Centre with the family for lunch as Debbie went to stay the night at her friend, Tabatha's, house.
Changing the chemical regime for the swimming pool as the river was rising fast and so I turned the dinghies over and tied them up to keep them from floating away.
A complete departure for the weather as it was raining from dawn to dusk today. I was grateful for my new camouflage jacket and waterproof trousers in which to take Sam for his walks. Another very good day for him as I tried him with all types of retrieves both over and in water and he performed smartly and willingly. To Brampton Garden Centre with the family for lunch and to allow me to get another collapsible wooden compost bin. Just Debbie was not there because, at last and after many cancellations and much former disappointment, she actually went to stay the night at her friend, Tabatha's, house.
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Most of the afternoon and evening watching television for a full programme of sport as the F.A. Cup season starts. Still some time in my office updating my journal and archiving the entries for the busy month of September. A visit from the swimming pool salesman today with whom we agreed to try a new chemical regime for next season. Uncomfortable with the on-going health and safety risks of using chlorine, we are going to try an oxidation method instead. The river was rising fast as I was ready to go to bed and so I had to go out to the slipway, turn the dinghies over and tie them up to keep them from floating away. I must have told Bill about the dangers of flooding many times but the message has still not hit home.