I love days like these. Days filled with notes in my diary and meetings with friends for lunch and time to catch up on their news.
Autumn days, well spent in the kitchen, cooking for a houseful and then sitting back to enjoy the fruits of my labour, knowing that there's enough left over for tomorrow too.
A day in London is a bonus, then, especially when it's filled with interesting discussion and ends with a lively supper. Even though the government affairs professional in the family spikes the conversation with warnings of doom and gloom around the corner, it's hard to feel despondent in such good company.
In the odd half hour here and there, it's fun to fiddle about with new stamps and create a bit of nonsense with paper, crayons and glue, too. I think I know some not-so-small friends who will enjoy making these next week.
In no time at all, it's Friday and the county WI Quiz final. Sixteen rounds of questions with a Shakespearian theme to the evening, my team missed the top slot by a single point.
Now, if only I'd known Ming the Merciless was in the Flash Gordon comic strip and not in Dan Dare, the outcome might have been different.
Hey ho. There's always next year!