The dog woke me up at 5am today, desperate to go into the garden.
I was not best pleased at being woken two hours before the alarm was due to sound, especially as I had stayed up late last night reading, but I dutifully put on my warm dressing gown and slippers ready to venture into the garden.
It had rained torrentially yesterday, and I was spellbound when I opened the door and saw a dazzling canopy of stars overhead.
So much so that I nearly fell flat on my face as I missed the step up out of the courtyard to the lawn, because I was so busy stargazing !
I was quite reluctant to go back indoors once the dog had "done the necessary", but I did.
It was wondrous to just watch the stars in peace and quiet and contemplate the glory of the heavens :-)
Oh, and the book that kept me up so late last night ?
"The Eliots of Damrosehay" trilogy by Elizabeth Goudge.
Well worth getting, if you can, though it is easier to find the individual books as a rule: A Bird In The Hand, The Herb of Grace and The Heart of The Family.