It was great to have last Friday off after two extremely busy months. I spent the morning doing my tax forms and then set off to the palace grounds with my Mum. You'll see more of that in one of my next posts. Aren't the flowers fantastic this time of the year? Late summer has such an abundance, but different from spring in atmosphere and colours. You can see a top-down view of the flower beds here.
The statues are on top of the roof, and the only way for me to see them close up is by zooming in with the camera.
And what's the update I was talking about at the beginning of this post? Well, for one thing, there is the weather. We've had some cold nights already, with temperatures down to 4 Celsius (39 F). This meant for me wearing gloves (yes, gloves!) on my way to work on two or three mornings, turning the heating on in the bathroom for half an hour before having a shower, and having a blanket on top of my duvet for a few nights.
Then, some time last week, summer was back with highs of 25 Celsius (77 F) and more on a sunny afternoon, so out came the summer dresses once again.
But the best update I have for you is that the grassy path I like so much has NOT been spoiled! Remember when I told you about the heavy building machine I saw there last time? This was at the end of August; you can read about that here. Last Sunday, I went there again to check on any progress, and found the machine gone and the place unchanged. What they did that short bit of gravelling for I have no idea, but I am relieved that one of my favourite places is still as it should be!