• Dull

    The day started off with blue skies and looked as if it would be all bright and sunny. It it failed to live up to its expectations and became cool, and dull and gloomy during the afternoon. However, the day itself was exciting and made up for the limp weather. I exercised H round the…

  • Tired

    I could pretend the weather was tired. If a grey, still, dry day where nothing much is moving signifies tired weather, then that will do. Or maybe it is just tired with not being summery. But it is actually myself who is tired. Sitting in the car in a traffic jam is wearisome. So is…

  • Improving

    Today’s weather is definitely an improvement on yesterday’s revolting effort. I was awake quite early which was helpful because I had to be at the doc’s quite early for a routine blood test . That was all quickly done and dusted. There is no escaping Wendy and Burt – who should pitch up in the…

  • Drab

    Drab is the single word the weatherman used to describe the coming day’s weather. He was a bit conservative in his choice of vocabulary. It has been very very rainy all day. And grey. Revolting might have been a more accurate description. I didn’t feel much like getting up and going for a swim, but…

  • Miserable

    That is today’s weather – utterly miserable, cold, drizzly turning to heavier rain. And the grey is back with a vengeance. But all my precious plants could do with a damp day. However they do not need cold! And nor do I. I had a reasonable night’s sleep awaking around 05.30, when I steeled myself…

  • Hot

    Eventually, it became hot, now that can be quite uncomfortable if you fall asleep in the sun. It was shady when I eventually sat down. But not when I woke up. Today started at the usual 05.00. I didn’t feel much like a swim but booked one for 08.00 but rolled up at 07.30. The…

  • Sunnyday

    Sunny Sunday, although the sun was a bit unpunctual in its arrival. There was thick cloud at the start of the day, and it was still there whilst I walked H. I had enjoyed a good night’s sleep with minimal wakefulness. We visited Cholsey ponds again and a few people were out and about, but…

  • Clouds

    Yes… there were these blobby things floating high above which occasionally allowed the sun to peep through. Otherwise, a pleasantly warm, and sometimes sunny, day. I thought the day ahead lay free of anything much but forgot I had my watercolour expressive bluebell class to attend. The realisation awoke me for the second time, with…

  • Warm

    A good night’s sleep was had followed by a lovely, warm, dry and sometimes sunny day. A busy day too. A day where travel has been severely compounded by roadworks. A 20 mile one way trip was the only way to reach Streatley and the Illis. I was surprised to read a sign saying that…

  • Summerish

    Still struggling to get that summery feeling from the weather, although today has been very pleasant, warm enough and cloudy/sunny. I did not sleep that well. Wrongish… I slept quite well until 03.00 and then busy brain followed, along with patches of sleep. I was trying to work out where all my plants might be…

  • Cloudy

    Cloudy was how the day started and very darkly cloudy with heavy rain was how it finished as the evening drew on. The temperatures hovered around 16C which was quite cool and quite convenient for me. I was lazy; I flexed but did not swim. And I got up and showered a bit later than…

  • Nice

    The weather has been nice today – cloudy – sunny and quite comfortably warm. But not hot. Just as the title weather word suggests. The night passed, also quite nicely, and I was awake at the usual early time. I did not feel inclined to go swimming but decided it might be a good idea…

  • Same as…

    Yesterday- yes the weather has been the same as yesterday, and as most of last winter, after heavy overnight rain. The day has brought blustery winds, but perhaps a little warmer than yesterday. Not that I would want to sit out in it. I had a really bad night’s sleep for some reason or other.…

  • Deteriorating

    That’s the word the weatherman used to describe the weather for today. And he was not wrong. What a contrast to yesterday. Today has felt very chilly despite the car thermometer indicating a warmth rating of 18C. It didn’t feel like it. And a chilly wind that became more blustery as the day drifted on…

  • 24C

    Another good night with a decent stretch of sleep . We were awake quite early and, armed with coffee, I set about doing my puzzles. A better day today. Today was forecast to get hotter than yesterday and I believe it was. It made at least 24C, probably warmer in the garden and I feel…

  • 23+C

    I had a really really good sleep that was more or less uninterrupted until I awoke just before 05.00, whereupon I treated myself to some coffee, did my puzzles ( badly) and contemplated a shower and clothing. The talk of the morning was the fabulous aurora seen all over the UK last night. Moulsford Tidmarsh,…

  • 23C

    Another very warm and very lovely day. It started for me around 05.00 and with a banana and then I booked swimming for around 08.00 and off I went. H is always invited to go outside when I awake, but sometimes she can’t be bothered to get herself off her bed. I have to watch…

  • Hotter

    I had an hour or so when I was awake around 04.00. I caught up with Race Around The World and promptly fell asleep again. It was the alarm which finally awoke me. I think. It was around 06.00. So, I decided to swim early so that I could enjoy more of the sunshine later…

  • Hot

    I had another reasonable night’s sleep and an interrupted day ahead. I had intended to swim, but decided to enjoy the rare sun instead. The temperatures reached 23C. H and I went for a walk at Pangbourne, in the meadows. It was a silly idea because they were still very very wet and the mower…

  • Bright

    What a lovely bright and warm day. There was a bit of an interruption to these delights mid-afternoon, but the day got itself backon track again. I awoke around 06.00, long enough to do some flexing and then fall asleep again. So I think it was nearly 08.00 when I actually properly awoke. Great sleep!…

  • Dreary

    Bank Holiday drearyness describes today. The day started dull and rainy. Then the dullness seemed to lift, conveniently, whilst H and I walked. But by early afternoon, the rain was really heavy and the day beyond dreary. Our walk was very pleasant at Cholsey Meadows once more. The vegetation seems to have become very very…

  • Oppressive

    I had a reasonable night and awoke to blue skies… I was quite excited. But looking at the forecast, suggestions were that it would be cloudy later. Correct. So H and I got ourselves out just before 09.00 or thereabouts. We were out for about an hour, some of which was spent with my backside…

  • Warmish

    Today dawned chilly and dullish, but once the sun had made up its mind to break forth, the day was dry, pleasant and warm. I walked Heidi earlyish and intended to do all sorts of chores. But my heel pain rather got in the way of my intentions so I sat down for a bit…

  • Same

    More dull, grey and very rainy weather. The rain was not constant and varied in intensity. It was certainly inconvenient. My night had been unusual. Having arrived home late last night, I dived straight into the remains of Question Time and then local election coverage. And from there I drifted in and out of sleep…

  • Tedious

    The weather was tedious today, dull grey and boring, quite Misty too at the start of the day. I heard rumbles of thunder in the early hours and was notified of lightning strikes a few km to the south. I was awake for an hour or so in the night and then dozed off until…

  • Deceitful

    Today, the weather has been deceitful. The day started off grey and dull, with some warmth promised. That bit was entirely correct during the morning. But by the afternoon, the sky became overcast with some quite unpleasant dark clouds. Late in the afternoon, the rain fell. And I was cold. And we are promised torrential…

  • Typical

    Weather wise, today was what I would label a typical April day with warm sun at times, breezy and dry. (No showers.) All very pleasant. I awoke with a slight headache but I managed to dispose of it. Outside was all so pleasant, that I arose early, carried out a few chores and promptly dozed…

  • Bluster

    We had a lot of bluster from the wind today which was a very cold wind. And quite annoying. H and I walked around Cholsey ponds, three of which had disappeared, but have now reappeared. The wind whistled round my legs but sitting in the fresh air was quite pleasant. Returning pond below. I returned…

  • Duvet Day

    Disgusting was how the day dawned. Pouring with rain, relentless rain. Cold. Horrible. I eventually got up and dressed but H had already made her feelings clear about going outside. I carried out a few chores but fell asleep again. When I awoke, the day had changed and it was no longer raining. No excuse…

  • Grey

    I think it has been another grey day. I have been inside doing my art course (trees) for most of the day so it is possible the sun might have popped out. I was up with H quite early and we whisked round Streatley Rec at slow speed before I took her up to the…

  • Satisfying

    The weather was satisfyingly dry all day – very chilly this morning at around 6C but with hints of warmth later. But the Day itself was quite satisfying in terms of my achievements. I was busy all day and have only just sat down at 18.00. I’m not used to days like this anymore! It…

  • Deluge

    A good night was passed. And I was able to get H out for a decent walk before departing for Hermitage to meet Carer friends. Hopefully when this tricky week is over I will be able to find the time to resume swimming. After my return from walking H, I paid a quick trip to…

  • Indoors

    I spent large chunks of the day inside so can’t really comment on the weather, except it was a damp start to the day. Indoors in the house, in the solicitor‘s office, in the shopping mall (Apple shop) and there is always the car. I was out quite early with H because things were stacking…

  • Dryish

    There was a shower in the early afternoon but that was it. The day dawned dullish but offered sunny intervals. But it also remained very cold. Unseasonably so. I had to go to the tyre place and we were there before 09.00. The nice man found the naughty tyre with the lower pressure, but also…

  • Sprinkly

    A disturbed night- pressures of the week to come I think. The day had dawned horrible- all grey, and, upon further inspection, rainy. I did not rush to arise in the hope the rain would stop. But it did not, so H and I strolled in the gentle wetness at Cholsey. And got sprinkled upon.…

  • Bracing

    It was not a good sleep last night. For starters, it was around 01.00 when I hit the sack after my shenanigans as a taxi, and by then I was quite highly wired. So it took me a while to settle, but I still awoke at the usual early hour. I had a day of…

  • Alarms

    It became a day of alarms and reminders. But it started sunny with blue skies though the temperature hovered perilously close to zero. The only commitments were a phone call to Brenda around 15.00 and then a taxi service to pick up three of the Illis after a hockey social around midnight. Then added into…

  • Cool

    i slept reasonably with only a little shoulder pain. The early day was not very exciting. It had rained overnight, but how much, I can only speculate. I got my act together rather slowly, starting with a phone call to Honda about the annoying service warning light. It is booked in next Friday. Loren arrived…

  • Calm

    After several days of chilly, blustery, but dry weather, this morning dawned calm and serene, but with a little less sunshine, early on. By mid morning, when I was at Porlock Weir, it was really beautiful and warm. I had not slept well. My first two nights were really good sleeps, but not last night.…

  • Unseasonal

    Today, the chilliness of the weather made it unseasonal, although the amount of sunshine was probably inline with expectations. The wind continued to be a nuisance at times, especially on the beaches. I had another very good night’s sleep here at the Luttrell Arms. Again, I did not doze during the day or evening which…

  • Blustery

    I slept really well last night. Probably because I was up late due to our Scrabble game. H seems to have slept well too. I arose and showered taking H out around 07.00, up the steep, private steps and out of the garden gate and into the NT grounds of the Castle. It was lovely…

  • Surprise!

    I slept very badly last night- mostly because my shoulder / arm was very achey and Icould not get comfortable. I took an ibuprofen which is very rare for me. It didn’t make any difference which is probably why I don’t take it. A paracetamol helped later. The weather was a surprise too. Another torrent…

  • Mixed

    I awoke at some silly o’clock, but did get back to sleep again. But waking properly later, I felt tired and had a heap of chores to do, which rather put me off getting out of bed. So I made a list of them all in ‘Reminders’ on my phone. Does anyone else feel that…

  • Spring Again

    published late I had a good evening in the chair followed up by the left overs in bed. I awoke after 06.00. Again. Outside, the sky was looking hopeful with scattered clouds- perhaps we would be treated to another Spring-like day. H could barely bring herself to the back door and then she just sat…

  • Spring!

    I wish I could believe that Spring has sprung but it’s not really warm enough. April showers – yes. Lots of them although today has stayed mainly dry. It might not remain dry, however, dark clouds loom on high. This morning was doomed to be busy. I did not have time to swim. Just as…

  • Precipitous

    Yes – yet more precipitation and accompanying wind later. Having put away the garden cushions because the wind kept lifting up the protective cover, I felt satisfied that they were in the dry. H was not very interested in going out first thing. But then, neither was I! It was around 06.30 when I awoke……

  • Gusty

    A reasonable night when I awoke around 05.00 and then dozed and re-dozed. And booked a swim . And I faced up to some ghastliness outside where the wind was restless and indiscriminately vindictive . And the rain only added to the misery. The covers on the garden furniture were billowing dramatically. I ignored it…

  • Calmer

    A bit of a patchy night, last night, but I managed to sleep between disturbances and resisted the urge to visit the kettle at some silly o’clock. I finally woke after 06.00, feeling tired already, in the knowledge I needed to go for a swim. We made it before 08.00. It was another cloudy day…

  • Windy 2

    I had a reasonable night. The grey skies were greeting me this morning. From inside the strength of the wind is not apparent, but one quick squint down the back garden reveals all. The cover over the furniture gives it away as it billows in the wind. We had our brekkie and then set off…

  • Windy

    It was forecast to be windy and warm, and it was, although the warmth was masked by the wind. It was good though, to be out sitting in it ( watching hockey). I was in no mood to be out and about early, although my taxi and its bookings were reorganised by those requiring my…

  • Diffident

    Yes, the sun was diffident today. Rain had been heavy again, overnight, but the day was forecast to be cloudy and windy which was correct. But the sun did its best to pop out and greet us. Not all day, just at times. I was awake at some silly o ‘ clock but fell asleep…

  • Boring

    Today, the weather succeeded in being boring, in that it was no different from the previous few days, and was, as it has been for much of the winter. Dull, grey, damp. Windy. No swim today because I was taxiiing George to Harwell so he could get a lift to Oxford for something or other…

  • Moody

    The weather has been moody today, swapping grey clouds which completely obliterated any hint of blue in the sky, for limited sunny spells. There was also a very cool wind. I awoke, for the first time, around 05.00, but felt all snuggly and warm so I was unwilling to take myself further than the kitchen…

  • Transformed

    The day was transformed from the blue almost cloud-free skies I woke up to, walked in and enjoyed in the garden, to ghastly rain and glowering, grey skies. I dragged myself to Didcot for an early swim. It was quite busy for the first 20 minutes then it became quiet. The sun was blinding as…

  • Disturbance in the Force

    I woke up a bit early, but was able to drift in and out of sleep. The sky was blue when I finally opened my eyes – daylight arrives a bit later these days. Quite inviting really. So, after performing the usual rituals, H and I wandered down to Cholsey, where we walked in warm…

  • Easter Day

    I dropped the Sun bit from day because there wasn’t any. It remained dull. Dull but dry. As usual, I was confused by the loss of an hour, but felt under no pressure to move from the bed. Of course I did eventually, and H and I wandered the tracks at East Hagbourne and into…

  • Lovely

    It has been a lovely, sunny and dry day. No complaints. It was also on the warm side of cool. Though the early morning was definitely cool at 6C. My weather word for today. Lovely. However I will complain about my night’s sleep which was not great. Consequently I woke up feeling very tired. Washed…

  • Messy

    My gardening attempts have christened today – or rather my attempts at repotting and planting are responsible. The sky did not even bother to appear blue at the start of the day. It was unattractive but we arose and walked out at Cholsey. More heavy overnight rain has had the predictable effects of swelling the…

  • Stormy

    Be in no doubt that today has been a day of really evil weather. And my photo matches the description. Greenham Control tower – all weather shelter ⬇️ And to think the day started so beautifully with blue skies, and drifting light cloud as I drove to Didcot for my swim around 07.00. The sun…

  • Scrumpled

    Pen doesn’t want any more weather words. She wants titles that go with the photos. Instead. So scrumpled it is. Which apparently is how my face was in the photo. But then I swapped the photos. But the weather words will still prevail. Today the weather was obnoxious. It started all fine and sunny after…

  • Moist

    And that is an understatement. The day started off dry and almost sunny, but by the middle of the afternoon rain was falling which became more and more heavy. I had hosed my bedding plants, which is probably why it rained. I was off and out swimming around 07.00. It seems a very long time…

  • Ungiving

    It was a grey sky from dawn to dusk with a scattering of raindrops this morning. The day promised nothing and stuck by its promise. It gave nothing. I was off out with H at a fairly reasonable time for a quick stroll round Cholsey ponds. she scampered and I supervised. I had booked a…

  • Cool

    I could add the word ‘dry’ to describe today’s weather. But it has been a pleasant day. What I saw of it! And, as it started, I was so full of good intentions for the rest of it. I flexed, drank coffee soon after 05.00. And H and I discussed our walk and decided it…

  • Deceptive

    Back to weather words now that the pages have turned on the last few days. This morning, I awoke to blue skies and bright sunshine. But when I opened the back door, I realised the sun was deceptive because outside was 1. Windy, and 2. Very chilly. H investigated briefly and we both went back…

  • Chaotic Start to Day

    I was out for the count overnight after a busy no-nap day yesterday. But if I was to swim at all, it had to be early because of getting over to Ali’s for brekky. This was to allow Pen to depart at a sensible time in order to arrive back in Devon during the afternoon.…

  • Another goodbye

    Possibly the final goodbye. But Tony will live on within me because I spent most of my life with him. I was 22 I think, when we got married. So, today, we four girls ( and H is one) took him for his final walk along Lardon Chase and laid him to rest amongst the…

  • Anniversaries

    Today is our 53rd wedding anniversary. Here are a few pics taken around 20/3 over the last few years. Le Manoir du Lys 2015 T booked a night at Le Manoir du Lys as a real treat – Michelin starred restaurant etc. Very sweet. 2016 – I think we stayed here with the Robert’s family…

  • Tedious

    Tedious describes today’s weather. Same old, same old… Clouds, some wet spits and spots, cloud, occasional glimpses of the sun. I had a pretty rough night because I was awake for an hour or two at some silly time and then fell asleep in the early hours around 04.00. And then I was awake again…

  • Mild

    That was the weather forecaster’s chosen word to describe today, so I decided to borrow it. Fairly mild , it has been, with sunny intervals and clouds. The sun is warm when it is allowed to shine. Around and about, magnolia trees are magnificently showy. I’ve only noticed pink varieties so far. We had a…

  • Almost

    Today has been almost springlike. It started damp but rapidly improved and the sun appears to have more warmth in it now. I have also noticed rape fields are beginning to turn that ghastly neon yellow. I have known years when rape coincides with blue bells which usually bloom in April. This photo was taken…

  • Unexciting

    The weather excited me a little this morning when I was out with H because it was sunny and warm. But as we were strolling back to the car, the day changed its mind about being warm and welcoming and the clouds rolled in and dullness descended. So it became unexciting. I had not slept…

  • Pleasant

    The weather has been very pleasant today, mostly dry, after a damp start, and the sun ventured out and hung around for much of the day. Apart from the odd heavy shower , that is, and there were a few of those. It was a busy day which started with an early swim. The pool…

  • The Usual

    Today’s weather became the usual damp, grey cloudy stuff. However, the morning started off with some sunshine and warmth, but this changed during our walk. I performed a little flexing because I was unlikely to swim later. And I tidied up the roses and other plants at the front of the house. The early part…

  • DRY!!!

    We have had a dry day. A day not over blessed with sunshine, but one without rain. Small steps towards summer. What a sleep, apart from a short comfort break, it was the alarm that awoke me around 07.00. Unheard of. But then I did fall asleep in the chair after my sprouts. H decided…

  • Grum

    I expect I’ve used the word grim to describe recent weather. So I’ve taken a sideways swipe and I hope the word grum conveys the feeling that today’s weather has not been pleasant. Grey and damp also describe it. The day started with very very heavy rain until mid morning, when H and I ventured…

  • Bright

    Today was a bright and dry day. Not particularly warm. I slept quite well, my stuffed up nose remained unstuffed last night. When at Pen’s , I have to manage the stairs so I have as little involvement with them as possible. Thus, I showered and dressed and prepared most of my possessions for departure…

  • Rewarding

    Yes… the weather rewarded us today for being patient through the heavy rain and other misery that was yesterday. We started with sun, which transformed to warmer sun and then to rain. But more sun vanquished the rain and the afternoon and evening were beautiful. It is also Mothering Sunday and I have been spoiled…

  • Changing

    Today I woke up to decent skies and it looked as though it was set to be sunny all day. But by the time I was around 40 minutes from the Roberts’ house the rain was absolutely tipping down. And it had tipped all day in Devon, I was informed. Things were a bit of…

  • Sunny

    Today was a sunny one – all day. It was also a bit of a lazy one in that I did not intend to swim. I had another very good night. Waking not at 05.00, but around 06.00. Even the 1litre of sparkling water I drank the evening before had no significant effect. I did…

  • Dull

    I slept very nicely thank you very much, first of all in the chair and then in bed. I am told by my watch that I slept for 7 hours, even if I was awake around 04.00. I resisted the urge for a hot drink until 05.00. I enjoyed another bit of a lie in…

  • FOG

    That’s how the day started – murkily. But the day improved and we enjoyed brilliant sunshine from mid morning onwards. I was out with H around 09.30 in the murk. And then off to the dentist. My teeth are intact and not rotting. I received the usual nag about interdental brushing. I came home for…

  • Glum

    That’s the weather word to describe how the day started, although it did improve from a cloudy, misty, wet and drab start. My swim was earlyish and accomplished with just a bit of hassle from very very slow swimmers. Three of them. I even managed to overtake and complete a few lengths in front crawl…

  • Gusty

    Yes, gusty is the weather word for today. But the day hinted at very little breeze early, in fact, I woke up to blue skies and sunshine. Silence prevailed and a chill had sprayed the grass with a glisten. After a very good night, I booked a swim and we headed out to Didcot. To…

  • Sunny

    I awoke to see a blue sky peering at me through the Venetian blind. Outside the grass was frosty. Goody, I thought, no rain. So, that is my weather word for today. The afternoon things changed a little, in that quite large clouds appeared adding the word ‘intervals’ to‘sunny’. I checked whether I could take…

  • Fresh

    Today the temperature had a very fresh feel to it. In fact to everyone’s surprise, including professional weather people, there was heavy snowfall on the M4 and M5. Or, in other words, the West Country. I was awake early, to the noisy drips of heavy rain. By the time H and I were ready for…

  • Drenching

    Oh dear… how long can I keep these weather words going… Today’s forecast was unpleasant which matched the day. Torrentially heavy and cold showers interspersed with the odd break in the sky providing a sunny spell. I call it drenching. The night was good but I was awake at the usual early hour. One of…

  • Miserable

    Miserable is my one word (in the role of someone who is living through the weather, rather than the role of a forecaster) to describe the weather today. It was grey and raining early on and raining less later on and it was actually raining heavily much later on. I opted for a lie in…

  • Grey

    On one of the radio stations, the weather forecaster has to describe the weather for the coming day, in a single word. My word for today is Grey. I suffered a disturbed night, when I awoke at around 02.00 and could not settle back to sleep. No idea why, no busy brain. So I watched…

  • Mud

    A decent night was passed. I awoke just before 05.00 to scurry to the kitchen and make myself a hot drink. H did not stir so I left her for a bit. And then I had to stir her and I’m not sure she did what I expected. OK then, I thought, cross your legs.…

  • No Rain… well only a drop

    I had a really good sleep until around 03:00 when one of those night time discomforts disturbed me. It was a brief awakening, and I fell asleep again until after 06.00. So there was a slowness about my getting going and I booked a lateish swim. Outside did not excite me, or Heidi for that…

  • Another Lunch Out

    Another good sleep until around 05.00 followed by coffee, blog and e-mails etc. And then I fell asleep again and when I woke up, it was daylight. And time to get going for our walk. There was white outside – quite pretty but far from warm. By 09.30 ish, we were dressed and on our…

  • Hockey Day

    A very good night’s sleep and an 05.00 cup of coffee sorted me nicely as another grey day emerged from undercover of darkness. It was not raining! But it was chilly, which was reflected in H declining to investigate the garden. We both enjoyed a bit of a lie in before unloading the dishwasher and…

  • Friday

    What a great sleep. Must have been exhausted after all that throwing yesterday. Left for the swimming pool extremely early and in the dark – at 06.00, to be precise. The heavy rain of yesterday had clearly continued overnight and it was also cold. I knew bits of the road near Hagbourne would be flooded,…

  • Throwing

    Happy Birthday baby daughter – 48 today! Today started around 04.00. Quite early for that cup of coffee. I drifted to and from consciousness. I had to prepare myself quite early as I needed to take H out at around 07.30. The day was gloomy and dull as we wandered around Streatley Rec and the…

  • Gritty and Snotty

    I drifted in and out of sleep in the early hours…and awoke with a gritty eye – dust in it suppose. However it felt like a large speck of dust and was very uncomfortable, verging on painful. Now, previous experience tells me that irrigating (as if in the shower) the eye or dunking it in…

  • Out to Lunch. Again.

    This is about Tuesday but is posted late. On Wednesday afternoon. Been busy. Feeling tired! i slept quite well but awoke around 04.90. This was not good. Coffee kept me ticking over, while I watched the first episode of The Way in order to pass the time. This was a recommended watch in the Guardian,…

  • The Resolution

    I slept quite well until the usual 05.00, which as usual made me lurch towards coffee. And then I drank it. I booked a slightly later swim, which was not entirely wise because it meant I was driving amongst rush hour and school traffic. There had been yet more heavy overnight rain and the roads…

  • Not so Sunny Sunday

    I awoke around 05.00 and headed towards the coffee making machinery. And I was hungry too so dug some more frozen fruit from the freezer and smeared yogurt and granola over it and ate it. I briefly contemplated a swim but thought I deserved a bit of a lie in after all that sitting around…

  • Watercolour skies

    I slept well. No swimming today because it is a Saturday. And I had an art workshop to attend in Ipsden. It was led by Denny Webb a local professional artist. She is a very good teacher and taught me all sorts of things I did not know. Not just about water colour as a…

  • New ponds with a bench

    Posted late… I passed a good night and awoke in time to book a latish swim. I was a bit wary because the number of spaces seemed to indicate a busy pool and swimming in a cluttered lane with choppy water is never fun. The morning revealed there had been heavy rain overnight with growing…

  • Snoozy

    I slept well yesterday evening which meant I was awake in the middle of the night. But I amused myself and dozed off again. Finally getting to the end of Episode 1 of the enjoyable Murder in Provence. I hope they make a series 2. Of course Series 1 was probably made pre pandemic and…

  • What a Morning

    I was not intending to swim today due to various events – notably needing to be at Slimming World for thé 09.30 session, due to the Moulsford Coffee morning later on. But my conscience gave me a good kicking and I was at the swimming pool around 07.00. This was at least an hour earlier…

  • What a difference a Day makes

    …And so the heavens opened. Well I had quite a good night and my personal body alarm clock awoke me at around 05.00. I booked a late swim for after 08.00. The day was another grey, grumpy and damp one. But the drives were in daylight. The pool was quite busy and that made the…

  • Sunshine

    What a good night’s sleep in all its various places. I didn’t really awake until around 05.00 and like always, I pondered what time to go swimming. I decided on a later time so that I could enjoy daylight driving. And there was nothing in the calendar requiring my attention. I devoted some of the…

  • Badbury and Sunday Lunch

    Last night was a bit of an up and downer. Perhaps salad and watery veg and strawberries are not the best things to eat before going to bed. I drifted in and out of sleep, eventually getting up and leaving home around 09.00. The idea was to get to Badbury Clump, an NT woodland area,…

  • Out and About

    The early morning dawned very very wet again, but as the day drew on, the skies cleared and, just before sunset, there were some spectacular skies. Especially just as I arrived home. I enjoyed a little bit of a lie in as I have decided not to swim at weekends. But it was not that…

  • Even more Rain

    The weather was horrendous today. Warmer than yesterday, it was a day of very heavy showers and occasional dry intervals. The drive to Didcot for my swim was even worse than yesterday, because between Blewbury and East Hagbourne, deep water lay across the road. It was dark for my drive today which meant I could…

  • More Rain

    Quite a decent night and awake at around 05.00. I managed not to tip over my cup of coffee this morning. I booked a swim for 08.10. The drive to the pool was really horrid. The rain was very very heavy and the roads were awash. It was also that tricky time of day when…

  • Washing the electrics

    I had a very good sleep with only limited interruption until around 05.00. Then my woes began. I hate spilling drinks, but today I excelled myself and watered the carpet really well by pulling my cup of coffee over. Losing my coffee was bad enough but seeing it all over the carpet, filling my extension…

  • Car Park

    I found one. I had a really good night once I shifted myself from my chair sleep to my bed sleep. So annoying to fall asleep in the chair! If I’m lucky, I will have already put my bedtime kit on – (nightie) so I only have to put H out and wait while she…

  • Reservoir

    i had another decent night unless you count waking up around 04.30 as a disadvantage. A cup of coffee slipped down nicely and I resurfaced again around 06.00 I think. I then contemplated at what time I should book my swimming slot. I decided on 08.30. I can work out how busy the pool will…

  • Sociable

    A reasonable night but with another very early wake up. This led me to contemplate a swim though I prefer not to at the weekend. Instead, H and I went for an early walk at Pangbourne, just as daylight was descending. This revealed there had been overnight rain. I had hoped that we might see…

  • Door Bells

    Another reasonable night’s sleep and a 05.00 ish awakening. And a morning off swimming because it really was Saturday. I did nothing much for a while and quite enjoyed it. But then, I decided it was time to get H up and out. It was such a lovely morning with light clouds filling the sky…

  • Saturday? Or Friday?

    Another reasonable night, some of it asleep until just before 05.00. Then- a cup of coffee. And a think. To swim or not to swim? Well it was Saturday wasn’t it? My day off? But it wasn’t Saturday, it was Friday. So I checked out the swimming for fitness blocks and aimed for 07.50. I…

  • Jobsworth

    Probably sexist and agist into the bargain. My night was alright and I was awake around 05.00 and contemplating a swim. I was mindful that Halfpenny Lane would be closed between 09.30 and 15.30 so I needed to be back from my swim before 09.30, otherwise my drive would be a long way round. The…

  • Goings on going gone

    Another reasonable night, followed by a swim. This one was slightly earlier than yesterday and the pool was delightfully quiet. But my ears are unsettled – they need syringing, blocked full of compacted wax which will need the oil treatment. U.K. Doctors no longer do syringing. You have to go to a designated centre where…

  • More Mysterious Goings On

    I was awake for a while in the night after a decent sleep through the evening. But I managed to sleep on. I booked a latish swimming slot and was quite dismayed to find that the pool was quite busy with 6 or more trying to swim in my lane. On my previous visits, there…

  • The Mysterious Goings On

    I had a magnificent sleep last night, as my phone informed me, totalling around 8 hours. I awoke towards 07.00 wondering about a swim. I eventually booked one for later in the morning, to finish around 10.30 so that it could dovetail into an aqua session that would start at 10.45. This would not be…

  • Day of Rest

    And I took it literally. A reasonable sleep in my bed followed the one in the chair. I had been watching a film called the Decoy Bride, the story line looked fair, but it also starred David Tennant – a young David Tennant. Another good reason to watch it. It was silly but watchable. Because…

  • Muddy Minnie

    I slept well in the chair – right through the Traitors’ Final but caught up with that later around 22.30. In bed. The day was not an attractive one and I felt in no hurry to do anything. I woke up well after 06.00 and the swimming weekend timetable is not great for me. Adult…

  • Boring…

    Yes I went swimming again – yawn- another 500m + – three times in three days – but I will probably take the weekend off. I met Loren, my new cleaner today, she is very lovely. She works paramedic shifts and I think, originally, the idea was that she might be able to keep an…

  • Swim Time 2

    Another bit of a restless night but not too bad otherwise. I awoke to take in caffeine and decided that after the success of yesterday’s swim, I would repeat it. But I deliberately left home a bit later, in order to drive there in daylight. My swim was booked for 8.10 so I had cleverly…

  • Swim Time

    Another reasonable night where I awoke around the usual 05.00. That allowed me to book a swimming slot at Didcot Wave, for 07.40-08.30. The times are quite loose, fortunately. And then I returned to bed for a bit of relaxation before departure time around 07.00. I had forgotten it would still be dark for the…

  • Evie Lola turns 18

    Grandchild number turned 18 today. Happy birthday Evie Lola- hope it was a good one. Another dubious night’s worth of sleep. Awake at some silly o’clock again and another early cuppa, and a bit later, yogurt and fruit. There were some pressing admin things I needed to deal with, including some French utility items. Apparently…

  • A bit of an Adventure

    I slept well in the chair and not so well in bed- but then I caught up with some TV and started reading my latest book which is about Cyprus. More later. There was no hurry to get myself up, though the day had dawned dry, with hints of sunshine. H was not in a…

  • Coffee and Tulips

    Another decent sleep, until I was overwhelmed by desire for a dose of caffeine. I staggered up and sorted it out and prepped some fruit and yogurt for brekkie. I’ve had a couple of weeks off Slimming World philosophy but am slowly picking it up again. Because of the stormy forecast, I wanted to get…

  • Bone Idle

    Yes! That’s me today. I’m quite ashamed of myself. I had quite a good night though I am back to waking up around 05.00, desirous of my shot of caffeine. I have a troublesome left foot with a sore or something near the ball of it. I am temporarily keeping away from the barefoot look.…

  • The Return

    Another good night’s sleep, but I was awake quite early again. I got myself showered and prepared my possessions for my departure. It was another blue sky morning but with a very very heavy frost. Pen took H for a nice long walk after she dropped Evie off at school. H has become Pen’s new…

  • Thursday Treats

    I slept quite well and have done since I have been here. Not always in the right place though. Last night, I survived until most of the way through Traitors but missed the last few minutes. I caught up with them later. Penny had prepared my bed very nicely for me with a hotty, and…

  • Wednesday

    Today was to be a resting day with nothing in particular taking place. The sun of the last few days had disappeared, replaced by familiar grey skies. At least it was not raining. Pen took H out for a longish walk whilst I lingered behind in case the Ch engineer turned up. He didn’t but…

  • Watered and Massaged

    The night was somewhat interrupted by my howling dog. I thought she was going to accept her fate and slumber quietly on her lovely new fluffy donut bed in the kitchen. What a silly Billy I am, after an hour or so of intermittent doggy wailing , I gave in. For the sake of others…

  • Aylesbeare via Charmouth

    I had a good night last night. Fast asleep until around midnight. A quick wake up to watch Call the Midwife. But it only sent me to sleep. I had failed to realise that brekkie was served from 08.00 today, and not 08.30, due to it not being the weekend any longer. Coastal Lounge My…

  • Holiday2

    I packed in a good sleep early on in the night and then was awake for a bit so I finished ‘After the Flood’ – no spoilers. Thereafter my pinched nerve bothered me but I couldn’t bring myself to fill the hotty that I had brought with me which surely would have relieved the problem.…

  • Holiday

    I had a really good sleep in the chair and awoke at some really silly time and so I went to bed and caught up with the Traitors. It was another chilly and grey morning but I had jobs to do: a bed to change; the spare bed to make up with clean bedding which…

  • Out to Lunch (again)

    This time it was with my Basingstoke friends/ ex colleagues. Having parted company at school around New Year 2021, we have been meeting for 23 years now. Not bad going. I slept quite well- to around 05.30, I think, though I did fall asleep in the chair and caught up with Traitors afterwards. There was…

  • Tony comes home

    My hot water bottle worked nicely in holding the arm pain at bay during the night. But having fallen asleep in the chair for a chunk of time during the evening, I was then wide awake. Catching up on the Traitors took a while, and after that I dipped into ‘After the Flood’ which is…

  • No Spanner in the Works

    I awoke at the usual silly o’clock. Having stuffed a hot water bottle under my neck and shoulder, that seemed to put paid to the arm pain that has been troubling me. And I was soon back asleep until around 06.30. I got my act together reasonably quickly to get myself out to SW, where…

  • Travel Travails

    It was the dreaded 03.30 again. But I drifted off afterwards without too much trouble. And was awake around 06.30. The cleaners were coming at 09.00. I needed to be showered and up. I’m in a bit of a quandary about whether to retain or dismiss them. They are not thorough enough – they leave…

  • Meeting

    This afternoon we had a meeting with Sur Ryder staff about the palliative care T did not receive. Or, alternatively, inadequate attention he did receive. I was awake at silly o’clock again. And whiled away some time concentrating on the very watchable Mr Bates and the Post Office. It is nearly a month since T…

  • Action Replay

    Despite enjoying a naughty, but nice, daytime sleep yesterday, I still dozed on the sofa to find myself awake mid-Tourist, but goodness knows which episode, or what had preceded it. I was easily asleep back in bed, for a while, until the usual 03.30. And the night was frittered on after a cup of coffee…

  • Saturday

    I slept nicely until some silly o’clock. Thereafter, sleep was not so great. I was awoken by messages that my gut was receiving which did not bode well for the rest of the day. My tummy messages became more urgent and definitely not to be ignored. And so some of the morning passed in discomfort.…

  • Departure

    I awoke on the sofa at about 02.30, returned to bed and slept until after 06.30. I needed to get myself up. T and V wanted to be at Cholsey station for around 07.50. No time for puzzles this morning. I was all set to be out and about with H early. Our visitors were…

  • The Aftermath

    Shattered, I enjoyed a very good sleep until around 05.30. It was another day of very wet weather, the rain pouring down this evening. There were. Multiple reports, this evening, of flooding and road closures, including of the A339 to Basingstoke. Of the 42 years we lived in the area, I have never known that…

  • Farewell Tony

    My husband of over 52 years. Your physical presence may have moved on but you are present in my heart for as long as it beats. So today was the day of T’s funeral, at 4.00pm at West Berks Crematorium. Just for a change, it was another wet and horrid day, although the sun did…

  • The Day Before

    I did the usual, sleeping, in T’s armchair on this occasion, and then waking up to go to bed. And then being awake a bit too long. Then getting distracted by things going on on my phone. I had restarted the phone earlier the day before, due to its rebellious behaviour connected with my wordle…

  • Heidi Recovers

    H was very quiet all night, sort of frozen in time, a bit like Sleeping Beauty(fully). I was awake quite early. And enjoyed the start to the day, not doing anything much, except listening to rain and stormy conditions elsewhere for a change. I got myself a hot drink and fruit and drifted off back…

  • Heidi goes hiking

    Last night was odd … I felt as though I was awake for long periods of time, but I know I really wasn’t. I know because I wasn’t watching TV or reading or phone fiddling. But I didn’t feel asleep. By now you are probably thinking that I have gone completely potty. Maybe you are…

  • Slippery – a second retirement

    I slept better! Yes I did awake in the night at the usual silly o’clock, but I drifted off again. I could put it all down to the Yogi bed time tea that Pen bought. It tastes nice and obviously contains some sleep inducing drug or other. The pulled muscle in my side is still…

  • Lunch Out

    It was another of those nights where I was awake at some silly, early time, around 02.30 I think. I tried quite hard to resettle myself but failed miserably. I did eventually get up and carry out some chores which included getting dog towels out of the tumble dryer. I was quite horrified at the…

  • Tech Tangles

    I awoke at some silly o’clock once more, and thought, after a loo trip, that I was sleepy enough to fall asleep again. But I was wrong – it was not to be and I spent most of the next two to three hours trying hard to get back to sleep. And failing miserably. I…

  • Gerrit

    Storm Gerrit has made the day very windy and very wet. Unpleasant really. I had a difficult night, one way and another, which meant sleep was patchy though I did catch up later in the early morning, and again, later in the day. I reawoke in time to realise that I had time to get…

  • The Parting of the Ways

    I enjoyed a good sleep, which started almost as soon as I arrived home on Christmas Night. But I was awake again a bit earlier than I would have wished. So another virtual walk ensued which allowed me to renew my energy, make a hot drink and get in with the job of going back…

  • Such a Lovely Christmas Day

    I have to thank my whole extended family for making this such a lovely peaceful Christmas Day. The gifts I received excelled all normal generosity and were thoughtful and much appreciated. For the last few years, it had fallen upon Alex’s shoulders to spend T’s money on ‘stocking’ gifts for me, luxurious, and large ones,…

  • Christmas Eve

    I think I had a reasonable night waking at around 05.00. I performed the usual rituals, which are fewer now that T is no longer here, beside me. His bed is, which gives me space, peace and comfort. After all, if I can’t have him, I may as well have where he used to be.…

  • Muddled

    I muddled my way through today, still struggling to buy presents for a couple of people. It not help when Amazon claim to have handed parcel to resident when the only resident (me) knows this is not true. And then delivery dates are changed from Prime to after Christmas. I suppose I could donate the…

  • Quiet

    I passed another night actually sleeping in my bed. For quite a long time. Morning arrived and I flexed, but for not as long as my watch indicated. It was a grey, miserable day. With the occasional moment of break through sunlight. H and I walked a quick circuit round Streatley Rec because we had…

  • Registrar and Christmas Shopping

    The day went on for a long long time. It started quite early despite an extensive sleep which meant I was in bed before 21.00pm. Once sleep ceased, with my cup of coffee beside me, I indulged in a little more of Vigil. I keep saving it up, like you save up a treat. I…

  • Fraught Day

    I had a bit of a wobble this evening between 18.00 and 18.30. Hopefully, next week will be better. I don’t want to forget, but yet I do. It’s looking back through photos and how Tony looked before 2017 and how he looked post 2017 that tears me up. The last 7 years or so…

  • Proper Busy – Totally Knackered

    Three bosses was never a good idea! I had a terrible night last night. No sleep for the wicked they say. Well I had obviously been very wicked. Because there was no sleep. I was exhausted come the morning, and trailed out with H round Pangbourne Rec in the pouring rain, just about managing to…

  • Sort of Busy

    Season’s greetings! I had a decent sleep last night- no waking at 03.00 for the first time in weeks. I awoke at 05.00 after several hours. And flexed, but my watch cheated. I also downed a bucket of coffee, but chose not to have brekkie or lunch. I dropped off some Molton and Brown goodies…

  • More Visitors

    It was the sofa again that did it. Off to bed late having had a few hours sleep, and awake again around 03.00. This is getting to be a habit and a bad one at that. Naughty but nice! I then flexed and had a hot drink and fruit and re awoke around 09.00. Crumbs!…

  • It’s the little things

    It’s the little things that are beginning to flag up that Tony is no longer here, and that I am stepping out onto a new footpath of a life lived alone. The toilet seat stays down! He never was much good at lowering it after a trip to the loo and I have obviously acquired…

  • No peace for the wicked

    Tony’s funeral January 3rd at 16.00. Thatcham Crematorium. Followed by TBA Last night I slept quite deeply until about 03.00. My early evening dozing was probably responsible for the early o’clock awakening. Another virtual dog walk dealt with those wakeful moments followed by some flexing. It was about 08.15, by now and I thought I…

  • Missing You

    Today is the first day without T around. I will have to get used to it. But I already miss the sound of his voice and the noises that indicated his presence. And there were plenty of those. From the messages we have received, it would appear he is already missed by many. Frankie’s blog…

  • Tony died today

    My wonderful husband of over 52 years died today. This was not a calm or peaceful death precipitated by his lung cancer but one accompanied by a full on haemorrhage. We had been warned. Dr Panakis was correct. However, paramedics assured us he would have known nothing. And it was very quick. The whole family…

  • Still Medicated

    For me, the night was very good compared with recent ones . But for T it was another restless one- he spent a lot of time in the bathroom, turning the taps on and off. We had a bit of a lake in there by the time T had finished. I’ve no idea what time…

  • Medical adjustments

    Last night was an utter nightmare. T was brought home in the early hours, by Tracey, who found him wandering outside in the road, wearing only thin pyjamas and socks. I was on the phone to the Sue Ryder Nurses at 08.00 which is when they open. Tried to explain I was at the end…

  • Early Festive Meal

    The night was absolutely awful. Pen had helped us get T into bed the evening before but he found it difficult/ impossible to get to sleep so there was a knock on effect for me. I tried all sorts – sleep music, comedy, and we eventually drifted off towards midnight. But at some point in…

  • Round and round in circles ( an extra blog)in real time –

    This is a real time diary of events last night (06.40 Monday morning) It’s 01.30. I’ve been trying to get T into bed since he went to the loo at midnight. He can’t get further than sit in the edge of the bed. Then stands up and moves off. He’s put the bedroom lights full…

  • Where to begin …

    The day has seemed so long, I can’t quite remember the order of all the various happenings. Last night was peaceful after all the initial difficulties of getting T to take his medicine, getting him out of his chair, out of the bathroom and into bed. I awoke around 06.00 and I was surprised to…

  • The day after yesterday

    This was a night without significant coughing and without significant bleeding. Whether it is a one-off or as a result of increased doses of medicine, I have no idea. I did my ward round early enough to preempt trouble. But trouble there was because although T took the medicine that mattered (TXA and morphine) he…

  • Hospital again

    We awoke to another coughing fit this morning , and associated blood. It was all over the loo seat, the carpet (in places) and anywhere else it could be. The morning was a bit tricky to organise because H needed a trip out before Ali picked us up at 09.45. All a bit compressed. H’s…

  • The machinations at Slimming World

    T had a very explosive coughing fit in the night where he distributed his blood quite generously over the loo. Panic set in and it took him a while to calm down and recover. But he did. It then took me a while to clean up and calm down and recover. Which I did, Thereafter…

  • As far as days go…

    It’s not been a bad one! And it didn’t start until 07.15. Take into account that I fell asleep in the sofa at around 21.00 and that makes it a really good night of sleep. Apart from sleep walking to bed and a trip to the loo etc. So the ward round was a little…

  • Slow going

    The day seems to have passed slowly and peacefully which is no bad thing. Unfortunately it started early- too early . A cup of coffee helped me hang on to what little sanity I have at that very early time of day. T actually ate the piece of toast I produced before I did the…

  • A BIT BETTER

    The night past fairly smoothly. And I think I was awake very briefly at a silly o’clock and then again at a more sensible time for brekkie. T has passed a quiet night which was more or less cough free. I performed my ward round in good time because I was anxious to keep a…

  • Coughing

    The day started off quite well and, for once, not at 03.00, but quite a bit later. Around 06.00 I think. It still meant I performed the usual ward round and other routines. The morning had started at -2C so I was not in a hurry to get dressed or go out anywhere. Though I…

  • Dorchester Abbey

    This is such a beautiful building, so calm and so peaceful. Just the place for a Christmas concert/sing along for those with dementia. They call it a ‘relaxed’ performance. Happy Birthday to our oldest grandchild – Frankie – no longer a teenager. All grown up and just completing her first term at University in London.…

  • More Peaceful

    The night was not great. Another awakening at 03.00, coffee, ward round, flexing, and another snooze. And then the real wake up. T was as compliant as possible and stepped into the shower, which I, now, always set going for him. He managed to put on the clothes, that I, now, always put out for…

  • Manic Morning

    I woke up on the sofa but without blocks of ice in the place of my feet. It is good to have working underfloor heating. Having slept some of the night on the sofa, I performed my ward rounds and finished off the night in bed. It was undisturbed by coughing. T was awake quite…

  • Warmth!

    I was up at some ghastly early time due to T coughing. Not an explosive coughing fit but just regular chesty attempts. That made it time for a cuppa. I did my ward rounds an hour earlier than usual. And T’s chest eventually calmed down and he slept on. I was in no hurry to…

  • More grey with rain

    It was not so cold this morning – no frost but wet and miserable. I was awake early and in need of an early cup of coffee. T was quite full of beans and quite chirpy, so I quickly medicated him lest he lose the impetus. He had the choice between a bath and a…

  • Grey – a non-day

    I awoke around 03.00, nudged into consciousness by a certain person who was feeling hungry. I gave him cheese and crackers, mini flapjack and grapes which kept him quiet until my ward rounds in the morning. He rejected his toasted fruit bread for brekkie but I wasn’t too bothered after the midnight snacking. After loading…

  • Christmas Cake and Peas

    We had a goodish night and a lazy, relatively cough-free morning. Florence Nightingale did her ward round, administering different medications. However tonight is a little different … a cough every few seconds. Not explosive, just regular. The night had been very cold and morning brought the first full frost and white lawn of the season.…

  • A Goodish Day

    A little coughing around midnight and then in the early morning, but nothing too significant. T was reasonably compliant this morning and we were at Daycare in good time. He was all medicined up to take him through to 2.30pm and was apparently a bit wheezy but otherwise fine throughout the day. He came out…

  • Tripped Out!

    There was some minor disturbance in the night accompanied by some absolute gibberish that made no sense to me nor to he who contributed it. We were awake at the usual time and I was quickly on to TXA, Oramorph, inhalers and paracetamol. This morning T appeared very tired and ill tempered and abusive if…

  • No Daycare

    Last night was so much better than the previous two. So was the early morning. No horrid bloody coughing fit and no cough/ spit / flush, on repeat. The pre-emptive medicines I gave him last night may have helped. I had to leave home early to get to Slimming World in Wallingford for the 09.30…

  • Out to Lunch

    We did not have a good night. Another coughing disturbance occurred at some point after midnight which was very unsettling. Then a horrific wake up in the morning with a lot of coughing and quite a lot of blood lost and T in a loud panic. I remembered I could give him a tranexamic acid…

  • Back to Daycare

    We had a disturbed night, around midnight, when T was really not very happy and descended into a couple of hours of coughing, despite all the medicine I could give him. In the end, I found a comedy radio programme in BBC Sounds – ‘I’m sorry I haven’t a clue’ and this was enough of…

  • Happy Birthday DCI

    It will soon be the big one! We had a good night and awoke around the usual 05.00 for coffee etc. And then followed some flexing and some dozing and some chatting – ear to ear and via text. It was a damp and gloomy start but then there was some steady improvement. Tony’s cough…

  • Medications

    The day dawned wet. Very wet. H didn’t even bother to look outside … she sort of absorbed what was going on. And didn’t like it. I felt very tired and achey this morning. I awoke to struggle with the thought that we were supposed to be somewhere and that would mean getting T up…

  • No Dressings just Vaseline

    I was sooo tired yesterday evening, that we were both in bed and asleep quite early. No more wound dressing done as I had given up on that. Due to the dishwasher malfunction, I had abandoned a stack of dirty plates from our supper that the five of us had shared last night. The kitchen…

  • Dressings

    Having spent what seemed like half the night dressing and redressing T’s wound, I finally caved into the inevitable and left it undressed . Ali was going to redress it this evening but has not for some reason or other. I think she reached the same conclusion as me – that with 12 hours of…

  • Operation D Day

    I didn’t sleep particularly well because I knew we had to be up good and early because T was due back in the Dermatology Dept at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford. We would have to leave home at 07.15 at the latest. Pen was driving down from Devon the same morning and Ali would drive…

  • Miserable Old Day

    Oh what a miserable morning was outside to greet us. The rain was tumbling down and deep poodles flooded the roads. It was definitely not a day to want to be out and about. H made herself scarce after my initial invitation to investigate the great outdoors. I flexed as it was the next best…

  • Seven Hours and Thirty minutes

    Apparently that’s how long I slept! I hit my sleep goal last night. A first. It is probably something to do with the fact that I was wearing my watch all night instead of putting it on charge. Of course there was another consequence to that – the watch battery went flat, mid-walk. Today has…

  • More hospital

    I awoke too early but I hung in there until I could decently make a coffee and give T a crumpet or two. Much to his delight. H and I took a stroll out around Streatley Rec and beyond in depressing drizzle. It was not pleasant but I knew we would be out a while.…

  • Taking Brenda

    A decent night then only a little persuasion was required to get T up and out. The three of us tucked into the car to pick up Brenda from Newbury. We were there on time after a trouble free drive on A34 which was then followed by a more wiggly drive through lovely autumn colours…

  • Nurse Clare Visits

    A reasonable night again, except for waking at 03.00 ish and wanting a cup of coffee! That was fine except we were just about out of milk, and I didn’t want black. Coffee. But T and I each had a drink and he ate cherry cake. And then we went back to sleep until a…

  • Bedroom swapsies

    I didn’t sleep that well last night. But I performed the usual early routines and fed T some brekkie. Today was a day when I had to be in because the hospital bed was being delivered. Therefore I had to separate the two beds which are not joined by fancy zippers or any such luxury.…

  • Dismal

    I had a lovely sleep. T woke up in a positive and quite chatty mood but it soon changed to not feeling well, headaches and tiredness. But I did get him up and out to Daycare. It was an utterly dismal day – the rain was pouring down and I had two dogs to exercise,…

  • Penny Day 2

    What a lovely deep sleep I had! I awoke quite early and did some waggling and then I went back to sleep again. But not for long. I was disturbed by a phone call at 08.30. It was Pen telling me she was on her way over from the Illis, and was bringing Minnie for…

  • A bit better

    Tonight would have been fine had it extended to a bit later than 03.30 when T was awake again, inadvertently obliging me to join him. I was swept into the kitchen because, I too, felt the need for a hot drink. So whilst I was about it, Iprepared a plate of snacks for T: chocolate…

  • Tricky Day for T

    He awoke coughing at about 03.00. This is unusual because we have been lucky enough to avoid coughing disturbances at night, and T normally sleeps well. So I made him a hot drink and proffered inhalers etc. But by the time things had settled it was around 04.00 and sleep had fled for me by…

  • Saturday

    I had quite a good night. And awoke at the usual silly o’clock. I fed T his brekkie. He was coughing less this morning but has remained wheezy. He spent a large chunk of the day in his bed. The weather was pretty miserable and uninviting, so I was in no hurry to leave the…

  • Dry

    I had a reasonable night. I was awake at around 05.00 when I went and found T some brekkie and me some coffee before I had the usual fruit/ yogurt/granola. It was not raining. T was not too good this morning- his cough was bothering him – more blood today. Not a huge amount, but…

  • Ciaran

    Ciaran was the name of the storm, the cyclogenesis of a storm that was supposed to cause havoc and disruption far and wide. Destruction might have come into it somewhere. The storm certainly was destructive, in some locations, but not in Moulsford, as far as I know. Here, it was a bit of an anticlimax.…

  • All Over the Place

    I was awake at some really silly o’clock around 03.30 and found it tricky to settle again. I had slept deeply until then. I eventually fetched brekkie for T at the usual 05.00. He was quite biddable this morning and I dropped him off at Daycare. On the way to walk H, I received a…

  • More Doom and Gloom

    I had a really good night’s sleep. With little in the way of interruption. We had hot drinks around 05.00 and T received toasted current bread to make a change from bagels. A lie in followed before I took on the early chores. H and I returned to Pangbourne for another squelch. But it was…

  • The Day After

    I slept badly – not sure why because there is no obvious reason, but it was a patchy night. Lurking at the back of my mind, was clearing up I had to do. But Ali had dealt with most of that and it was a matter of emptying the dish washer which has never been…

  • Gathered together

    The hour fell back and I enjoyed the extra time but I still had to get up. There was preparation to do. The Cambridge group were to visit (Farooq, John, Neal, Anne, Anne W); and some of family – Pen and Dave and Ali and Fleur. That made 11 of us. Catering for so many…

  • Summer Fades

    Birthday girl today. Who? H, of course, and Minnie x 2, Charlie and Millie, Oskar and Benny. Such a gorgeous family. Today started for me around 06.00 which felt rather nice, so I did some exercise and fed T a bagel and coffee. Today would be a busy day doing various jobs including organising furniture…

  • Shattered!

    Today ( Saturday) Heidi is 8 years old and so are her scattered brothers and sisters and Lab Minnie. Happy Birthday all of you. Back to Friday… Had a good night’s sleep which started the evening before, a bit earlier than I would have liked, and which finished around 04.40. And then it kept trying…

  • Touring

    Yes, today was a day when I toured the Oxfordshire countryside as well as a little bit of West Berkshire. The day dawned pretty mucky, with wet roads and lots of poodles. This made it easy: no need to call on my detective skills: it was obvious that it had rained plenty in the hours…

  • Pounds

    I slept very nicely. I started on the sofa, became nearly strangled and eventually overheated by my oodie, and I concluded the matter in the bed. It was dark ( as usual these days) when I woke up, which translated into dull. And wet. And uninviting. T was very compliant about getting up which took…

  • Everything Slow

    I slept very nicely on the sofa, bolt upright until about 23.00, when I awoke with cold toes. Thereafter sleep was patchy which is unsurprising I suppose. There was no hurry to arise and do anything much. But I did get T an early cup of tea, tablets and brekkie. At this silly early hour,…

  • Entertaining Again

    I had a good night and we were awake at around 06.30 whereupon I went to prepare brekkie. As a change from toast, I thought I would offer T the other two choc studded little brioches and a few of the mini flapjack biscuits. I had already given him two of these during the night.…

  • The Day after Saturday

    The night was not too bad and I awoke with one thing on my mind: more prescription chasing. This was for T’s cyst which had taken a turn for the worse over the last few days and grown in an angry fashion. So it looked red and malevolent (as opposed to malignant). Yesterday, Ali had…

  • The Day things went pear shaped

    I had a fairly good night all things considered. I like it best when I awake early and can have a little lie in. Or even a long lie in. T was not in a good mood this morning and it grew worse as the day progressed. He was quite surly and definitely needed a…

  • Alien Encounter

    Not such a great night last night but I weathered it with a little help from Boiling Point. This is a weird collection of episodes and a short and a longer film. The latter are pre pandemic and the former are current. They follow a chef and events from a busy kitchen, sometimes in real…

  • Curry

    I had another good night. It’s becoming a habit. And it’s definitely the snuffly congestion that sometimes keeps me awake. Our cleaners were quite late today – T wouldn’t get up but they hoovered around him. He now has a nice smart bin for his rubbish, so his mucky tissues are not all heaped up…

  • Weighty Matters

    I was up early today – around 04.30 and didn’t really get back to sleep until just before it was time to get up. T was entirely compliant and I was able to drop him at Daycare and give H a short walk round Streatley Rec -into the field. Just as we started our walk,…

  • Lazy Morning, Busy Afternoon

    Having fallen asleep in the evening, I had a little wakeful period towards midnight so I started to watch Payback which was recommended to me and is quite watchable. I then awoke early enough to do some flexing, and drifted off again, until quite late. I dragged myself up to go on the prescription trail…

  • It’s Monday

    I was a bit wakeful in the night probably because my extremities were chilly. Must do something about changing the duvets over, was what I thought to myself, and so I did. Later. Tony was somewhat reluctant to get going this morning and confusion definitely reigned. But he did get off to social club and…

  • Time’s Up!

    The summer duvet has to go! I love the feel of our Devon Wool summer duvet, but when you wake up with cold toes and fingers, it’s remaining hours are definitely limited. For the current season. Apart from duvet troubles, I enjoyed another decent night. I think my recent wakeful nights are not helped by…

  • Another day of Visitors

    Well, last night was another alright sort of night. And as I awoke quite early, and presented T with his brekky, I reminded him that Devon family would be visiting. The day was a bit more complicated than that, but a little information at a time was best. I had lunch to prepare. The lump…

  • Out to Lunch

    I had another reasonable night, awaking around 06.00 which suited me better than oversleeping. I tended to T and managed to get him dressed and ready for Daycare, proudly wearing his new belt to keep his trousers up. He has two or three belts but can I find them? And his weight loss means he…

  • Easy

    A reasonable night and quite a restful day when I did not do the main chore of the day – sorting my wardrobe out. T’s wardrobe does not bear thinking about – it is full of random things that should not be in there – eg towels and is generally disorganised. Trouble is, he can…

  • Toilet Tales

    I had another good night, sleeping until nearly 07.45. This put me under quite a bit of pressure because I had to get T to Daycare; give H a little walk and get myself to Slimming World. What joys for the day! I always need quite a lot of time to get T up. He…

  • Gourmet Lunch Out

    I enjoyed another good night’s sleep only bullied into consciousness by the alarm that was doing it’s best to get sense out of my dozing brain. This is practically unheard of . Being woken by the alarm, never mind the sense bit. T got his toast and brekkie and I had several slugs of coffee…

  • Departure

    I’ve just had the best night’s sleep for a few weeks. Only awake once and then awoke around 07.00. I awoke to find a message saying the Roberts are safely back from Rome; It seems like they had a great time. But I needed to get everyone going. The plan was to take T to…

  • Visitors

    Quite a decent night with a latish awakening. It was to be an entertaining day … entertaining visitors that is . After the usual coffee and toast, T was in no mood to get up. So Tina and I eventually met up in the kitchen, where I prepared for her a cooked brekkie and fed…

  • Memo to self

    Another interrupted night but not too bad. T was away with the fairies by the morning, incoherent and unwilling to stir himself. We had to wait at home to hear from Nurse Claire, which wasted rather a lot of the morning. In fact I had to chase her up. She scheduled an appointment at 15.00.…

  • Busily Exhausting

    Another fretful night with no long satisfying blocks of sleep. T eventually succumbed to my entreaties to get up for Daycare. And I delivered him. At that point in the day, I was expecting to walk H, get hold of some coriander from somewhere or other, and some frozen fruit. I was expecting to prepare…

  • More to do

    I’m failing in the 3km stuff and couldn’t see the watch face to set up a workout today. So my walking is recorded as part of my daily routine, which is not how it is supposed to be!I awoke late, after an initial flurry of flexing. I worked on T to get him upright before…

  • Dread

    I was dreading today. I knew I would not be able to do everything required of me today and that it would be energy sapping. I also knew that I would lie awake and fret over it all night, so I dismissed the most time consuming part before I went to bed. The 3km part.…

  • Sulham Woods

    I was awake briefly at 05.00. Long enough to savour the early morning darkness and fall asleep again. Later, the skies were blue, but I was in no great hurry to get out and about , nor was little H it seemed. She was definitely keeping a low profile. T was keeping an even lower…

  • More of 3km

    I had a reasonably interrupted night but slept well in between all the interruptions. T had had a really bad coughing fit at bed time. He was quite cooperative and quite organised about getting up to go to Daycare. And I dropped him off at around 09.45. H and I took ourselves to Little Wittenham…

  • Whirlwind 2

    I had received an ominous message from Ali saying she intended to come and start to sort out T’s study later today. To sort it out ready for when a hospital bed is needed. We have been advised not to leave these things until the last moment. Back to the start- I did not have…

  • Saturday

    A lot of coughing today which prematurely drew our day out to a conclusion. We awoke at the usual sort of time and slowly got ourselves up and to the surgery in Goring for 11.00am. Since the Gas people have kindly seen fit to close off Streatley High Street for yet more emergency work, our…

  • Medicinal Compounds

    I’ve been tied up in knots over the last couple of days over the various medicines T now requires. Or, more specifically, those required to deal with bleeds aka haemorrhages. I suspect Monday’s incident might have been a warning, as it was suggested I try and acquire the newly added medicines before the weekend. Which…

  • Whirlwind

    Pen was here for another whirlwind visit, bless her, essentially to meet Sue Ryder Nurse, Katy, but in reality to cut the grass, weed various areas of the garden, transplant old bay trees for new ones, and to experiment with the wheelchair and T. She packed a lot in. Ali was packed off to work.…

  • Back to Daycare

    T was up and about and ready for daycare where he was delivered, a little later than I would have wished. The doc did not ring me at 09.00 or even a few minutes later, but around 9.30 which had a knock on effect for delivering T. I now have in my possession the anticipatory…

  • A better day

    If yesterday was difficult, today has been much easier/ more normal. No coughing to speak of and no significant wheezing. T has also eaten quite well and without demur. He has serenaded the ceiling, telling it how beautiful it is… “Oh what a beautiful ceiling…” The night also passed quite peacefully which was also a…

  • Scary Day

    Today was the day T was going back to the Churchill for his dose of palliative radiotherapy. The one that is supposed to alleviate his symptoms. No cure, no delay, no stopping it. Just relief. But, today, T has been far more poorly than before on this unpleasant journey. He started off with a severe…

  • In the right place at the right time

    Just positioned in the right place to see swallows, mustering and then wheeling. On their way further south I suppose! That was when I was out with H. Back to the start of the day, of which there were several – false starts really I suppose. They had to come to an end, when I…

  • Lazy

    I did not sleep very deeply . Excitement of being home I expect. Although I did drift in and out of sleep for much of the morning. My inclination was towards a lazy day. And that was what it became. T was flat out asleep for most of it, although there has been some coughing,…

  • A Long Day – Leaving Norfolk

    What a very long day – wonderful boat trip. Terrible drive home . Deafening racket when I picked up H. Curry. You need read no further! Because of all the servants who accompanied us for our five days in Norfolk, there was little for me to do this morning. Apart from getting T up and…

  • Norfolk 5

    A reasonably good sleep, awakening with daylight around 07.00. Well… daylight once I opened the curtains. We enjoyed a leisurely start to the day before heading for Holkham Hall. Home to the Glenconner tribe. This is a vast stately pile, surrounded by seriously vast grounds, harbouring a vast herd of deer. The grounds included a…

  • Norfolk 4

    Happy Birthday to Fleur who is now 16. What a lovely card from a friend. Not such a good night last night, due to T being restless for much of the night. At home he is a sleeping log. Here, last night, he was up and down. It was more sunny than yesterday, until mid-afternoon.…

  • Norfolk 3

    Well, the good news is lots of solid sleep after an early night. At about 07.00, I made my way up to the kitchen, to gather up a couple of coffees for myself and T and we remained quiet for another hour or more relaxing. T was in a difficult and non compliant mood and…

  • Norfolk Day 2

    I had a bad night because I had to sort out the loo cistern which kept filling with water. It was very easy to sort but the bathroom was on the other side of the bed from me. And T was flushing it every two minutes because of his current desire to cough and spit.…

  • Norfolk Day 1

    It’s raining, a great way to start a holiday. I had a very good sleep yesterday evening after our meal at Burcot. The sleep actually went on all night apart from an interlude where I caught up on two episodes of Casualty. One was very moving and beautifully acted althoughit had nothing to do with…

  • Just Another Day

    Only it didn’t start too well. Whilst making brekkie, at quite a late hour, I was struggling to understand why the toaster was not toasting. The timer mechanism was turning but there was no heat, I hoped T would not notice and took him his toast and coffee. And then the penny dropped . The…

  • Film Show

    Sleep was more compliant last night. I had a fair old stretch including during the evening. I was also less congested although I did feel a bit cold at some point or other. I managed to get T to daycare. He is now losing the plot over what a shower involves ie water AND soap.…

  • Dietician appointment

    A téléphone one at 15.30. We, carers, and two who are cared for, are meeting for lunch at Saddleback at 13.00. I must remember to stay there until I’ve spoken to the dieticians. Last night I had fish pie dreams. I made at least two but they were nowhere to be seen when I wanted…

  • More of the Churchill Hospital

    Last night was a bit better than recent ones but I was still awake long before 06.00. I made the usual hot drinks and fed T some brekky. Then H and I eyed each other up and we departed for a short walk in Streatley. I had to be home again in time to get…

  • Another Bumpy Start to a day.

    Not a very good night either. I remember battling my way through a repeat of a dream. one I dreamt a few days ago, where everything was going predictably wrong. Happily for you, Dear Reader, I cannot remember the details. The morning lay peacefully ahead, calm and unruffled. No commitments until 14.00 when Debs would…

  • Stressy IT and other Stuff

    I had an awful up and downer of a night which ended up with me drifting off to sleep in the later, early hours. This meant I awoke just before 07.00, and had a bit of a scramble on my hands to get brekkie into T and off to Daycare. He was reasonably compliant. And…

  • Another Lazy Day

    But next week is busy. And H and I were out for a walk around 07.00. The sun has arisen by then, but not for long. The night had been disturbed, probably due to being Sleeping Beauty yesterday. Pangbourne Meadows were developing a busy look. Canoe races would be taking place. The youngest participants would…

  • Sleep

    Spent most of the day asleep… I’m not quite sure how or why that came to pass. Perhaps I’m just subconsciously enjoying the horrid heat. Or escaping it. I decided to walk to the Rec and back late in the day. We did not linger, and arrived back uncomfy and sweaty. Since I awoke around…

  • Less Busy…

    I did not wake up to find the morning particularly busy at 06.00. In fact, my immediate thought was to get H out for an early walk because I knew it was a hot day that was on its way. I was proved correct. The car temperature showed 35C around 14.30 and was still showing…

  • Tony enjoys today!

    A strange sort of day to enjoy, but he says he did enjoy it! It started when I battled my way through a dream which supposedly involved me making a pasta dish for various youngsters and older people. I didn’t have a recipe, nor did I have all the ingredients, nor did I have the…

  • On the Go

    I had an excellent night’s sleep. All p and q and no diarrhoea. And only one dog. Minnie was actually a delight to have, no extra trouble really apart from eating 2x what H eats. She’s a really lovely dog. She even stopped panting when we went out and about in the car. Not quite…

  • The Travellers Return

    The night did not go according to any sort of plan, ever devised by me! This was mainly because poor old Minnie had an upset tum of explosive proportions, the clearing up of which was something I would have preferred not to have to do. This was around 04.00 and I was loath to leave…

  • A Bit Hot

    The temperature was 30C at 18.30 and had been around 28C for most of the day from around midday. It’s 17C at half past midnight. I had a very disturbed night- no idea what I ate and drank that can have caused loo trips. But they left me feeling quite exhausted. We were ready for…

  • True Grit

    posted late morning on Monday 4/9 I had been quite deeply asleep on Sunday morning, when something woke me up. At least one of my eyes appeared to be stuck so it would not open. And then those gritty feelings kicked in. Where had that come from? That lorry load of grit that was making…

  • A new route

    I had a decent sleep apart from waking at 05.00, having coffee and toast and dozing off again. The night had been disturbed by a restless and panting Minnie who was allowed outside to relieve herself. The second interruption was around coffee time so I can’t really count that . It was a grey start…

  • Gone Fishing

    For an orange sausage on a rope. The day was another miserable damp drizzly effort. But we could not hibernate today because T had Daycare to get to Having unenjoyed a restless night, it was not good to be awake at 07.00. However we did need to get up and spring into action. T was…

  • Dull and Wet

    No mail activity during the night, due to the fact the intrepid travellers are around 140km up river on an Amazon tributary, miles from the usual forms of communication. You can’t get there by road, only by boat. In fact you can’t get to Iquitos unless you fly or travel by boat. The night was…

  • Back to Routine

    Daycare did happen today… It was not a bank holiday. There was some nightmail during the night. Otherwise it was a reasonable night. The dogs join us in our bedroom. They have a bed each although H sometimes lies alongside me and Minnie often lies by T. Or tries to cuddle up by T. That…

  • Out for Lunch Again

    Only a little night mail in the middle of last night and that was largely UK launched. So the night was reasonable apart from a cup of coffee at around 05.00 and some flexing. T arose and we wandered off with the dogs down to Pangbourne where we were treated to some hilarity. Despite my…

  • Another Busy Night

    These nightmail exchanges between here and Peru are becoming something of a habit. After Macchu Picchu at 06.00 this morning, the explorers have an 11km hike before a journey back to Cusco for the night and then an early flight to Iquitos. Gluttons for punishment or what? Then I think they are going into the…

  • Another WorrypNight

    Another night spent worrying about the Illis car. This is getting really stupid! I got up around 03.00 and tidied the kitchen up a bit. I was a bit horrified to discover so many dirty pots stacked up in the sink! I made a crumble. And I eyed up hoovering the floor and decided it…

  • In Recovery

    I still seem to be recovering from a busy week. I was awoken in the night by a flurry of messages from the Peruvian explorers who seem to be having a fabulous time, headed by Fleur and George. George looking like a beekeeper with his new favourite headgear which is an anti mosquito measure I…

  • News from darkest Peru

    I was not out to lunch today … Well… at least I was not but T was out to lunch. At Daycare. The night passed quite nicely although the usual early part might have passed on the sofa. I had collected a curry to keep us happy. T even ate most of his small portion.…

  • Out to Lunch

    Posted late – it’s about Thursday A jolly good night was followed by a rather lazy flex workout. One that involved unconsciousness and closed eyes. And a very late final wake up that meant I had to get myself and the dogs going. Luckily, I had remembered to get the bins out and the ton…

  • Departure

    Another successful night as far as sleep is concerned. My desperation for a cuppa propelled me to the kitchen, but no dogs followed. I slowly surfaced and dragged myself to the shower. T was not in the best mood as far as preparing for Daycare was concerned. It was a case of grump, mutter and…

  • More Walkies for some

    I slept nicely but awoke just before 06.00 craving that early cuppa. T got one as well, because that is how my rules work. I tried to makes sense of the kitchen debris. Every time I thought I had got on top of it, more plates crawled out of the woodwork and into the sink.…

  • Thank Goodness for Eleanor

    Oh such helpful visitors are always welcome – those who walk your daughter’s dog for miles and then cut your grass for you. Not just any old grass, your lawn of lush, green, thick grass, long overdue for the mower blade. I have grass good enough for a TV advert now. Thank you Eleanor. I…

  • Ankles

    I did sleep well, apart from an ache in my left ankle, the latest injury, I made an early cuppa for us both with some toast and fell asleep again. Eleanor was up and about and kindly took Minnie out with Kally for a very long walk to Streatley and back. Minnie, apparently, behaved very…

  • A Visitor arrives

    Eleanor will be visiting for a few days. I slept OK. And awoke at the usual time and did the usual things. And was up and out with both dogs at 07.30. We wandered around Castle Meadows under a sky of mixed colours. I then went straight to Waitrose because the morning was not hot…

  • Chores

    This is about Friday. Posted late Saturday . By mistake. I think I slept well apart from an early hours interruption when I had a chat with our Peruvian adventurers who were awaiting their night bus to Arequipa. They would put down an anchor there for 3 whole nights. In one place! Everything started late…

  • Mildly Busy

    I awoke, finally, to blue skies and a distant yellow blob. Positive thoughts filled my mind; it was clearly going to be a good day. Unfortunately there was also a large lump of machinery and an associated generator, just outside our opposite neighbours . This equipment was filling the air with associated annoying noises. T…

  • Another Day Out

    I didn’t sleep that well last night though I did oversleep a bit because I missed the plane to Kalamata. Luckily the Roberts were all aboard. It took off and landed on time – I did keep an eye on its progress. Unfortunately, whilst our lunch at the Swan in Sherborne St John, tasted good,…

  • Just any day

    I felt as though I was travelling in one of the Illingworth rucksacks last night. I awoke with them as they were in transit in Miami and again when they arrived in Peru. But they are six hours behind us. Today Pen and family travel to Gatwick to the Premier Inn for an early flight…

  • Ankle trouble

    The night was not great because it was mostly punctuated by my subconscious time clock based on the Illis travel arrangements. I was awake before 03.00 which was when they were due to depart in their taxi, for Heathrow. I was awake again around 06.00 when they would be boarding their flight to Frankfurt and…

  • Stiff, achey, busy

    I didn’t sleep that well- a bit of an up and downer going on, punctuated by aches and stiffness. No doubt as a result of yesterday’s adventures. There was a bit of a necessity to get up – Pen and Evie were coming to visit before returning to Devon. They had been invited to join…

  • Marwell

    Today was exhausting – both my phone and my watch died on me – I am such a murderer. We have resolved to try and give T a few special experiences while he can still enjoy them. He may not remember them, but we will. Today’s was our first – a trip to Marwell Zoo,…

  • Long Afternoon

    Another twitchy night, largely due to my stuffed up nose, which refused to resolve itself. It’s mostly a psychological problem. I awoke and carried out the usual jobs and eyed up Heidi. Yesterday it had felt too warm to walk her at the end of the day, although we did, so I decided a morning…

  • Blue Badge Day

    I had another disturbed night, but not unpleasantly so. I found things to amuse me. My brain was a bit busy. The cleaners had wanted to change the day from tomorrow to today, which was fine, or should have been fine. I had a list of minor things requiring my attention. T cooperated so I…

  • Soggy

    I didn’t sleep that well and performed the usual routines before dozing off again. I looked out of the window at the grey and dreary day which offered no encouragement to get up and do something. Anything at all. The rain was scheduled to continue until mid afternoon. So I busied myself with a few…

  • Things go on as normal

    I had a really really good sleep yesterday which seemed to go on for ever. Well until about 04.00 this morning. Whereupon I slowly woke up, attending to some of the business of the day. I had forgotten to FaceTime Anne yesterday so will need to deal with that later. She departs for the southern…

  • Love on a log

    I had another stuffy nose night. I had bought spare Sudafed nose unstuffer, on the assumption that one bottle of this Sudafed substance would contain the same ingredients as any other. Not so. And this bottle did not work. I get really irritated if my nostrils are not clear. So, feeling irritable, I added a…

  • Late Start and then Busy

    I had a fairly crap night as far as sleep was concerned. And then I wound things up with brekkie and coffee before I fell asleep again. The weather forecast had promised Storm Antoni and Antoni arrived mid morning. He brought buckets of rain tumbling impatiently from the sky, inconsiderately forming random lakes across the…

  • Phone Day

    I spent a lot of today, helpfully, glued to the phone. But I had enjoyed a good night’s sleep, so I had enough energy to do all that sitting around. And T was in good spirits this morning, getting up without complaint. I dropped him at Daycare and H and I whizzed off to Pangbourne.…

  • The Day of Reckoning

    I did sleep well and managed to get us both up and ready to be picked up by Alex at 09.00. Along with Pen, Evie ( nice to see you Evie) and Fleur. And in no time at all we were on our way to Oxford where T had an appointment. This tied us down…

  • Exhibition 2

    After Monday’s debacle, Fleur and I were going to have another attempt at Kurt Jackson. T was scheduled for Daycare and was a bit reluctant to arise. A coughing explosion did not help. I had not slept particularly well due to my nose feeling stuffed. Stuffed with what is unclear. I will leave it to…

  • Memories -2016

    Yes Google photos put together some memories of 2016. That was the year of T’s shoulder operation. I had the best sleep I’ve had for quite a while and awoke quite late, with nothing to rush to get up for. I offered T the opportunity to come for a walk, which he accepted, so we…

  • Another Day along the Long and Winding Road

    No laughs today… well a few with F. A reasonable night passed with the usual early activity. T was his usual self, a self that managed to get himself up, showered and dressed and we were off to Daycare. The day was not particularly attractive, being a bit cloudy and cool. I had planned to…

  • Laughter amongst the wreckage …

    I feel our lives resemble scattered wreckage at the moment which must be gathered up and reassembled into something recognisable and positive! I am sleeping quite well again. I feel for Ali who is trying to work on one of the most valuable and complex deals that she has been involved in. She can do…

  • After Yesterday …

    Today was a lovely day. Well as lovely as could be given our circumstances. It dawned at the usual early time and I did the usual early activities, falling asleep again until quite late. Much of the morning was disappearing . Neither of us felt a sense of urgency, but Pen was visiting from Devon…

  • I’ve had better days…

    Today is the day when our lives changed. We slept quite nicely , waking early and enjoying an early hours lie in. T decided he would like to join us for a short walk at Pangbourne, but only made it as far as the nearest bench. He has a painful knee and is quite wheezy.…

  • It was not raining

    No, it was not raining at the start of the day, but by the late afternoon, it was pouring. Probably something to do with the fact I watered the plants in the morning. I had another disappointing night in bed. Just kept waking up. But I did all the usual early morning things, including a…

  • No Pause for Breath

    Another bad night’s sleep … and to think I thought Ihad got over the bad ones. Last night was disturbed by mental images of piles of emails which I needed to physically collect. I kept coming back to them as I tried to sleep. Very odd. I awoke and fed T his toast and showered.…

  • Fires across Europe

    Rhodes has been burning for days, now Evvia and Corfu have joined in. Terrible destruction … all across Europe. T was a good boy yesterday, although he moaned as I dropped him off at Daycare. I had awoken late which left me no time to perform my usual puzzle routines so they remained a treat…

  • Quiet Sunday

    I had another good night with the usual early start and then another dose of sleep. Once T was awake he was agreeable to talking H for a little walk at Pangbourne Meadows. We changed the bedding first and it was washed before we were ready to depart. Hanging it up was another matter. T…

  • Exhibition

    I slept well. Seems to be becoming the norm these days, thank goodness. Outside was dull giving the day a yellowy grey tinge. There was no hurry to get up. We were due to meet Anthony and Marie at the Base at Greenham at 1.00. I had none of the nonsense that T showed yesterday…

  • Very Difficult Start

    Today had a seriously difficult start. T was completely intractable – only a step from my being unable to control him. And by that I mean to get him to do what I need him to do to make the day run smoothly. The night was a bit fractured thanks to Byelection interruptions. One for…

  • X Ray Day

    I did sleep well despite a little wakeful interval around O3.00. I drifted off until 05.00 ish . There was no hurry to get up. But I needed coffee so went through all the usual routines. I then made a couple of phone calls including one to the Blue Badge team where I spoke to…

  • Heidi – Six Years on

    it’s six years since I went and collected Heidi and Millie ( and Doris). The whole business was quite a nightmare thanks to some erratic organisation at this end. But it is one of the best things we have done in recent years. T , from thinking I was mad to take on another dog,…

  • Mrs Penny Roberts MA

    Well done Penny – Graduation Day! I had another really good night’s sleep, waking briefly at 05.00 and then drifting off again. T remained asleep throughout the morning whilst I went off to perform various errands in Wallingford. But not until after I had performed the usual early tasks. I also screenshot a whole load…

  • Happy Birthday Tony

    77 years old today. I had a goodnight and awoke early and gave out brekkie and then fell fast asleep again. Pen had sent T a birthday card (and she spoke to him on the phone) which was here, but he had to wait until later in the day for other surprises. I got him…

  • Less Wet

    published late Well I had a very good night, not awaking particularly early. It was actually not raining, though we experienced various showers as the day progressed. The fridge was a bit bare and things were in strange places when I investigated breakfast. I had to stretch things a little bit. Ever tried stretching a…

  • Embarrassingly lazy

    I slept well. Our teenage neighbours’ partying did not disturb us at all. We could hear voices and laughter but it was not remotely disruptive – hang onto that fact. I may have woken around midnight as some youngsters were being picked up by their parents but they left very quietly. I was awake quite…

  • How Wet?

    Well … it started wet, got wetter and then very much wetter. And even wetter still. Tomorrow looks as bad. I slept alright until about 03.00 and then a bit fitfully. T was coughing a lot and slow to get going, but he was delivered to Daycare. I headed for Newbury with H in tow.…

  • Cleaners

    They came to us, we were not taken to them! A good night’s sleep followed a sleep on the sofa which followed some of Aussi Traitors. I had been heading for The GB Sewing Bee but I did not make it until catch up today. I had a good sleep apart from waking up to…

  • Peculiar

    It was another yo yo of a night, followed by the usual early activity including a very long flex workout which I forgot to stop. It was a day for Daycare and it was a bit off a battle to dig T out of bed. Job done in the end. And then off to Goring…

  • One of these days…

    One of these days, things will settle down and life will progress smoothly without irritations and annoyances. I had a good night’s sleep, despite having become heavily involved in Aussie Traitors ( it’s good) where the competitors are an interesting collection of misguided ambition-fuelled and likeable people, unlike the American series where they mixed in…

  • Strange Day

    At my wits end over the Blue Badge and ridiculous demands from ignoramuses. I’m beginning to feel trapped by people asking me questions that I don’t know the answer to and don’t know where I can find the answers either. Idiots. Try walking in my shoes. How on earth can you get reports from someone…

  • Anne came visiting

    I had a good night’s sleep, awaking at the usual early time and performing the usual routines. Quordle did not go too well, however! I haven’t seen Anne since we were in Crete on holiday last September, so it was extremely nice to see her again after so many months. She is off to NZ…

  • Showery

    I had a good sleep, once I settled, despite the night being sticky and warm. The morning looked pretty grim and it wasn’t long before the heavens opened. Before they did, however, I had sneaked out with the hose, keeping an eye on the dodgy connection and gave the plants at the back a bit…

  • All change

    Today my plan was to mow the grass and water the plants. A bay tree at the front is looking distinctly unhappy. Desiccated and withered. My new hose is annoying me because it appears that a plastic bit of the hand spray has dropped out. I’ve only used it once and it was fine then.…

  • Just My Sort of Day

    Well. Almost. After a difficult week or two, today produced great improvement. I awoke early and then fell deeply asleep again. The night had been disturbed and I had amused myself watching ‘I am Ruth,’ starring Kate Winslet and her real life daughter Mia Threapleton. They both turned in stellar improvised performances of a mother…

  • Just not my day!

    Well it started alright because I slept well, awaking around the usual 05.00 and doing all the usual stuff. T found it hard getting up this morning but we made it to Daycare in time. From there it was to the post office to track down my missing shoes. But it was just not my…

  • Wet

    Today dawned rather early and rather grey. Well I expect Dawn was out and about at her usual time, I just spotted her earlier than I would have wished. The night had been rather warm. I kept kicking the lightweight duvet off to find T had replaced it over me. This became quite repetitive. I…

  • Wimbledon begins

    Always useful background viewing / noise. I did not sleep well last night, so busied myself watching the very moving and very horrifying Evacuation on C4. There are 3 episodes altogether. I have watched two. This is supposedly the true story of that the evacuation of Afghanistan was like nearly two years ago, whilst Raab…

  • Accidentally deleted

    Accidentally deleted what I typed this time. Idiot! It’s another day. Luckily I was able to sleep chunks of it off. Must be catching / caught it off T. Got up early enough but just felt tired. Waited for the filling station to open to buy some bread at 07.00, but found myself actually waking…

  • Today

    Today was never going to be a good day. And I was right. It wasn’t. One or two good things did happen. T moved the plants back where they could be seen from the sitting room. The pots with weeds received pride of place. The night was somewhat disturbed. I eventually levered myself up to…

  • Friday Friday

    Well… it makes a change from Monday, Monday. I had another good night , waking early doing the usual stuff and then drifting off again. The morning air was not inviting, in fact it was distinctly chilly at 10C and rather grey. That did not deter me from hanging out the washing at 05.30. H…

  • Penny’s Birthday

    Happy 49 years to our oldest daughter. She was only 3 weeks late arriving beyond her due date! As if moving house was not enough, this week she has had a birthday, examination moderations and I think they are having a party. I was awake to do brekkie early after exhaustive sleeping over the previous…

  • Stiff

    After yesterday’s shenanigans in Oxford, I awoke stiff, tired and achey. I had been quite late to sleep due to sorting out my disappeared blog, which took a while. I lurched out of bed via the shower and took H for another short walk at Streatley Rec. It was grey, humid and oppressive. H barely…

  • Utter waste of time.

    On two counts I have wasted my time. The second one being the mysterious disappearance of the blog I spent ages typing earlier …The first count being our Oxford trip. Well I won’t be taking T to any special museum treats any more. What a waste of time and money. I really thought a trip…

  • Cooler

    The next week is forecast to be cooler and today certainly has been … extremely pleasant. I passed an up and downer of a night – up and down to the loo. Serves me right for drinking my 2 litres of water on top of not very much to eat or food that had any…

  • Not Great

    I’m really not looking forward to the week ahead and beyond, which I know will drag its heavy feet. This has been another ghastly weekend. Most weekends are dreadful. I knew this one was likely to be, so had investigated hotel prices around Bournemouth. Even ones with mediocre to poor reviews were expecting between £100-£200…

  • Storm in a Teacup

    Early today, it looked as if Russia might be in turmoil, and Putin was being challenged, but it looks like it all fizzled out. Shame those supporting Russia gains Ukraine were not hit where it hurts, … but maybe Putin has had a bit of a shakeup. Sabre Rattling can’t do any harm. A dose…

  • Twinkly

    I had a really good night, until around 05.00. I was feeling fairly lively for such an early hour, so I dragged H out to Pangbourne Meadows. It was another beautiful morning. There had been a heavy shower or two yesterday evening which we had welcomed. But it meant the ground was still damp causing…

  • More best laid plans that went wrong

    I had a very nice sleep and flexed and had an early brekkie. And I carried out some internet research and brain games etc and fell fast asleep again until nearly 10.00!!! One plan that went wrong. That endangered H’s walk because it was 25C by now. So I nagged T and mowed the grass…

  • Non Stop

    Stonehenge was busy at Sunrise this morning to celebrate the summer solstice. I was not up as early as all the people there. And there were a lot. It coincides with the start of Glastonbury. A good sleep was had, but awake at 05.00. Flexing and then out with H around 06.00. It was another…

  • Plans that worked out

    A reasonable night was passed… I did not rush to get up because I had decided that we would take H out with us when we departed later, and wherever we walked, she would too. In fact, the whole matter was decided for me by the arrival of a storm with some flashes and bangs…

  • The Best Laid Plans

    it was another 05.00 awakening, followed by flexing when I forgot to stop the workout after around 20 mins and credited myself with 48 mins. The spirit was not willing this morning, and it was cooler so the dogs got their walk after I dropped T off at Daycare. T was not in a hurry…

  • Oppressively Hot

    And no storm or significant rain! Though the afternoon felt as though both would arrive at any moment. A thought for all the Fathers, those that are still with us and those who are elsewhere. For the children in parts of the world where the life of a father is hard or dangerous. A reasonable…

  • Lazy Day

    I have been very lazy after early activity. We slept well, undisturbed by the presence of a well- behaved extra dog. I was awake at the usual 05.00 and worked my way towards being sufficiently awake to get us out and about. I was partly concerned that the temperatures might be similarly high as yesterday’s…

  • The Day that went wrong

    I woke up starving in the middle of the night so I made myself a naughty piece of naughty toast, after I managed to extract the delicious strawberry jam from the darker recesses of the fridge. To think I went to all that trouble to buy shallow fridge trays to store all my jars of…

  • More heat

    When not under the summer duvet, I slept well, just reaching for it as I needed it. I had fun trying to stow the winter duvet at the top of T’s wardrobe where there was a big empty shelf. It involved quite a delicate balancing action. And a walking stick. The latter was to poke…

  • Today has been diffficult

    Not majorly so – just inconveniences and a lot on my mind with various things that are about to happen, or not about to happen in some cases. I did sleep very very nicely. I see I was only up once before 05.00. Sometimes my watch tells me I have been active every hour. But…

  • Saddleback

    I had a good sleep. Although the night was warm, I did briefly reach for the duvet in the middle of the night. I always have the upper window wide open at this time of year. T is very good at closing it if I don’t watch him. He received an early brekkie and I…

  • Shortbread biscuits

    There was a humdinger of a storm yesterday evening, the likes of which I have not seen for several months or years. The garden will be pleased. The grass will grow just to annoy me. I fell asleep having accidentally watched a, quite interesting programme, about the Queen. Then I discovered it was recommended something…

  • Bangs!

    I had a decent night with the usual early weakening. Or even wakening. After some flexing and coffee and a bit more relaxation, H and I set off for Pangbourne. I had avoided going there yesterday because I knew there was a big fete being held, but i did not know where. The Syfrets seemed…

  • Bitten

    Happy Birthday George ILLINGWORTH. Enjoy it doing your D of E bronze. George, in shades, and a mate. With extreme heat and scattered storms forecast, I hope the organisers are well prepared – safety issues etc. I had another really good night allowing me to wake up, have brekkie and flex and sleep on. My…

  • Dead Watch

    My Apple Watch died in the middle of the afternoon. I thought I had put it into charge but it had slipped off the charger. Luckily it has resurrected itself. The night passed reasonably but I was suffering from what felt like quite severe back ache. I had put the blanket on at bedtime, that…

  • Arty Conundra

    Happy 21 years married to Pen and Dave. I had a fab sleep. Only woke up once before 05.00 and then drifted off again until around 08.00. I knew I was going to have to get up although nothing is in the diary. Early walks are going to be necessary due to threatened heat over…

  • Back to Square One

    The night was so so. I would just like a wake free night. After I wake, these days, I take a little time out and then I can drift off again. I took H out early for a hop and a skip round Streatley Rec. There, I bumped into Caroline, who was also walking a…

  • Fresh Air

    The air is breathable – no stink! Last night was reasonable – we were in bed early, before the late news. Unsurprisingly, I was awake early, flexed, breakfasted and second dozed. The day had dawned grey and chilly. H and I went walkies at Castle Meadows. The meadow grasses are long but the walking tracks…

  • Stink!

    It was an absolutely stupid day! A bit of an interrupted night – waking at the usual 05.00, hot drink, flexing, dozed off again. Then woke again at around 07.30 with T to get to daycare. He got himself up and ready and at this point I was not aware of anything untoward going on.…

  • Lunch out

    I had a pretty decent night despite having spent a chunk of the evening from around 21.00 asleep. Maybe waking at 05.00 ish has something to do with falling asleep in the evenings. Of course I pay for it in so many other ways… Not only is the kitchen food bin left open all night…

  • Stodgy Day

    When I woke up, the sky was clear and blue, yet the day hung heavy. And I didn’t really feel moved to get up. I had woken quite late around 07.00. Just one of those days … Eventually, and rather late, I pottered to our local Rec with H. This is not a walk that…

  • Late Warmth

    Well, the day dawned grey and cool again, but by 16.00 it was very warm. This seems to be the current pattern. But I am informed there has been rain in Crete. And it is a bit cloudy out there I managed to get T off to Day Care on time and H and I…

  • Another Dull Start

    Waking up at 04.30 is getting a bit tedious. But I occupied myself reading Moulsford’s Draft Neighbourhood Priorities Statement which all seemed entirely reasonable. Villagers were asked to comment on a variety of ideas a few months ago and this is the result. Apparently, because Moulsford is such a small village of around 500 souls,…

  • Heidi caught a fly

    The warmer weather is introducing flies into the house. There is nothing H likes less than a fly or likes more than chasing a fly. They usually escape, but today she enjoyed success. It’s either a dead fly or a fly in hiding. I slept very nicely on the sofa before transferring myself to bed…

  • Making up for Yesterday

    Yesterday’s idleness was buried by quite a lot of unuseful activity today. Activity certainly – of productive value? Little. But still a very pleasant day. The night passed but I was awake before 05.00. I eventually got myself going and out with the dogs. This morning was not like yesterday- it was cloudy with a…

  • Utterly Idle

    I may have been utterly idle but the family have not. I did get out and about very early with the dogs and we varied our route. We abandoned Castle Meadows and ventured across the Water Meadows and onto the Thames path. It was another beautiful, calm and sunny morning. A quiet morning. I went…

  • New Neighbour

    Well well well, I thought the corrupt liar had moved to Henley. Perhaps we will bump into him in Lidl which is just round the corner from both of us. Or Root One garden centre which is in Britwell CS. I reckon it’s odds on that his little boy, Wilfred, will be at Moulsford Pre…

  • Early Start

    A bit of a bumpy night which only helped me to get up early to walk the dogs at Castle a meadows. It was around 06.30 when we arrived – yes- 06.30. The sun was shining and the shadows were long. And we were not alone. I had the ball, treats, poo bags, the whole…

  • Dogs x2

    Another nice luxurious night with good sleeps, despite dozing yesterday evening. T was quite bright eyed and bushy tailed this morning. It was not difficult to get him up and going. The agenda for the day was forming in my mind between 05.00 and 07.00. Until I nearly fell asleep again. We had to acquire…

  • Feet

    I had a good night last night. Only a minor interruption after which I fell asleep easily. Early brekkie. And then more sleep until 09.00. When I awoke with a shock. We were due to have our feet done around 13.00 but a reply from Debs, to a text I sent, confirmed – yes- she…

  • Art

    Another of those yo-yo nights. I was awake around 05.00, just about in the nick of time to get through the routine jobs. And empty the dishwasher. And that took a while because just about every bit of crockery and cutlery in the house was in the dishwasher. Those that were not in the machine,…

  • Nasty Man

    I did sleep quite well, before, and then, after the great barking debacle. Following this, H settled down and was silent. She never disturbs us in the night, but then she is never locked out either. After flexing, coffee and a further snooze, I finally awoke after 09.00. This came as quite a surprise. Luckily,…

  • Potting

    Another bothersome night but I slept well in between the bother. And in fact awoke at the usual 05.00 and drifted off again until around 07.00. It was a chilly night as my toes testified. I don’t much like being smothered by covers so cold nights tend to creep up on me. And the cold…

  • Summer?

    A decent sleep followed by the usual routines. The day had dawned sunny and a bit warm once the night air had dissipated. Perhaps Summer has finally arrived. H and I left to watch the family open water swim at Queensford Lake Berinsfield. On the way, I took H for a quick comfort run at…

  • Shock to the system

    I had a little bit of a bumpy night and finally awoke at around 07.00. I performed the usual routines including forgetting to stop the flexing. But I was not really ‘with it’ because almost as soon as I had put on my newly charged watch, I took it off again. That confused me. Then…

  • An uneasy start

    A good sleep passed me by. But, inexplicably, T was , beyond unpleasant this morning, rude, abusive, uncooperative, grumpy. Pretty nasty in fact. Not pretty just very. He was unwilling to get up to go to Daycare, unwilling to take his tablets, unwilling to do anything. It made life difficult. I sort of think, why…

  • Today was a good day…

    Decent sleep passed me by. No cleaners visiting for the foreseeable future, so I had to get up and reintroduce the Miele to the world, fire it up, mow the carpets and then do a bit of cosmetic cleaning. I took H down ferry lane at Cholsey which was tussocky and, therefore, so hard on…

  • Almost not quite so difficult

    Life was was merely ‘not quite so difficult’ until I heard the bad news that the cleaners will not be doing their fortnightly visit until the roadworks are finished. We all know that is in 6 weeks. The clean team come from Theale and have no easy way of getting here other than by the…

  • Very difficult day

    I didn’t sleep particularly well. When I awoke at 05.30, I felt tired and lethargic. I was about to adjust and finish my blog when I realised that a load of work I did on it had not saved. I usually try and get it all ready to publish before I go to bed and…

  • A Hard Day’s Day

    I slept well last night. I was awake briefly, just long enough, to discover it was raining. Thought we were supposed to be up for a dry few days. Not much to be done about it. I got brekkie around 05.30 and we relaxed. And flexed and might even have fallen asleep again. T took…

  • Good Sleeps

    Yes – a very good sleep last night which brought me to consciousness quite late – around 07.00. (And it’s Monday now and last night was super magnificent too.). I feel as though I’m slowly catching up. Mustn’t speak too soon though. The congestion has almost gone. There was nothing scheduled for today so no…

  • A Day Out in a traffic jam

    I slept nicely after a lazy but wakeful evening. I’m a bit fed up with my shadow who will not leave me in peace and mutters constantly in my ears. The television time on BBC is absorbed in Eurovision and Liverpool. I have never had the remotest interest in Eurovision before, finding it tedious with…

  • Jumping through hoops

    I did not have a good night, falling deeply asleep the evening before did not help. I awoke to come to bed and stayed awake which was annoying. I therefore started to fill in a blue badge application form for T. I know it varies from one local authority to another as to how easy…

  • Dry- well-almost

    The day has stayed more or less dry so far, despite promises of heavy showers. A few spots fell whilst we were out with H. It was a bit of an up and downer of a night, with the odd dream, causing me to fight my way to surface reality. But the content has slipped…

  • More Weird Dreams

    I had a fabulous night’s sleep only to be disturbed by this dream towards the waking up time at 05.05. It was all to do with completing doggy admin and passport to get H into the EU. But by the time I got to the end of it all, I had 4 dogs to deal…

  • Home is sweet

    Todays writing is all over the place! Yes … nice time away but it is good to be home again with its creature comforts and my chosen organisation. I had another weird collections of dreams again which meant a rather disturbed night. I remember trying to ‘climb out’ of the dream but failing. Or even…

  • The Return

    I experienced disturbed dreams where the National Trust had a starring role. I’m not really sure what was going on. It also seemed to be to do with walking H on their property. Anyway, I woke up feeling shattered and not looking forward to the packing up ritual or the journey. But I also was…

  • Lost Draft

    Having spent 20 minutes typing today’s blog, I discovered it had not saved. Lost. Gone. I had spent ages battling to download photos. What a pain. It also showed yesterday’s was still in draft form which is a great big porky pie. So I shall begin again, this Sunday evening, as I listen to ‘There’s…

  • It did rain, but not all day

    I had another really good sleep after the socialising last night, waking up as usual around 05.00. The family were in rooms at the other side of the hotel. But it being 05.00, that was irrelevant anyway. Drifted in and out of sleep before making hot chocolate for T and coffee for me. It was…

  • Dodgem Day

    And did we succeed in dodging them? The showers that is? No! Not a chance. Wherever we went, they trailed along behind us, or even ahead of us. My night’s sleep was very good. But I was awake around 05.00 as usual. I eventually made some coffee in the cafetière provided by the hotel. I…

  • Still Tired

    A circular day- I am reminded that being with T all day, in novel situations, is bonkerdom. Endless repeated questions / endless repeated answers Hey … but trying to get on with things. The headache quickly dissipated this morning, when confronted by a Panadol or two. The snot continues unabated and full of defiance. What…

  • Wiped Out

    After a not very good night, I took H for a quick short walk so she could get her business done. Which she did. No headache today but feeling very fatigued. I did about 10 minutes flexing, which is about all I can manage before I become a heap. Then the heap becomes a sleep.…

  • Headache /s

    I didn’t have a very good night due to a lurking headache! I’m assuming it’s a Covid job because it comes and goes for no reason. It started around bedtime last night and carried on lurking well into the early hours. Eventually, having put up with it for long enough, I took a dose of…

  • Holiday Monday

    A bit of an interrupted night, but, on balance, OK. I spent a bit of time, both yesterday and today, catching up on ‘Colin from Accounts’. This is a Guardian recommended Australian comedy. It was fresh, gently amusing, featuring a hapless uncouple exploring how to deal with a dog on wheels. The wheels resulted from…

  • Getting There

    Each Day, recovery progress is better. A list of Arcturus Covid variant symptoms was published by our local CC. Only 120 cases in this country so far… but without the need to report, how can they know what is going on. Notable newer symptoms included congestion (huge tick) or runny nose; pink eye ( certainly…

  • The Lord Giveth

    And immediately taketh away. And so it came to pass… I was not expecting post today – I did not think we received Saturday post. But we did. The first letter I opened, because it was addressed to both of us, I thought might be about the attendance allowance. But no – it was to…

  • Gradual Return to Normal

    Despite all the daytime sleeps, I am currently also quite relaxed and sleeping well at night which is a big treat. Long may it last. Today is a bit better than yesterday and I was up and showered at a more normal time. I am drinking turmeric tea again, of which I have quite a…

  • Upright Again

    After two days flat on my back and more or less unable to move, today brought some relief. Thank goodness. I actually got myself upright, ventured into the shower, and I even put clothes on after it. This was so I could join the online speed awareness course to re-educate me and my driving. It…

  • Proper Poorly

    published late – Friday This post is about Wednesday. But written on Thursday. I’m losing track of the days. Wednesday was yet another day where the bed needed better drapes and I provided them. I did a fair bit of sleeping, dealing with congestion, taking paracetamol, avoiding coughing and trying to escape T. My chest…

  • Not Quite Right

    To various friends – a big thank you. You know who you are. Yesterday I felt as though I drifted in and out of consciousness all day. Today was not great either. This is not a trivial thing. Thank you to those who got in touch today with cheery messages -and to family who are…

  • A Day in Bed

    Around midnight I felt truly dreadful- shivery and sweaty/ congested/ very achey / coughing uncontrollably so I could barely draw breath. I addressed myself sharply and brought the cough under control. And it has stayed out of the way most of the day. But the aches and pains are just that – aching and painful.…

  • Ghastly End

    Oh dear – another dreadful night due to the coughing in the early hours, but it did settle. I got the usual routines going and brekkie around 05.00. Contexto cooperated AGAIN! We needed to be up and out to get T to Daycentre which we managed. I decided to walk H at the end of…

  • Nothingness

    I had a lousy night. T was coughing away – fairly certain it was his asthma cough. It has been around louder than usual for a couple of weeks now, not all the time, but in fits. He was coughing so much that it was tricky for him to take his inhaler. But once he…

  • Half a Day

    I had a great sleep. Probably something to do with not falling asleep on the sofa before bed time. Partying seems to agree with me. I was still up early for brekkie after Contexto cooperated for once. But then I fell nicely asleep again. But awoke in time to get both of us up and…

  • Party Night

    The night was interrupted but otherwise alright. I prepped us coffee and toast at some silly o’clock which settled me down until I awoke again much later. The day ahead beckoned in a gentle stress free manner. It was a grey, damp day with a forecast boasting of heavier rain to come. In fact the…

  • Rapid Unscheduled Disassembly

    Musk talk for explosion . Another and … and… and Day I could do without any more days like this. I am fairly certain stressing about what lies ahead is responsible for sleepfreeish nights. The day started for me at the usual sort of time… around 05.00. But I drifted off again only to leap…

  • Days such as this…

    Yesterday was Tina’s birthday; today it is Chris’ birthday – happy birthday to all our friends and relatives in Greece. Everything felt like a bit of a rush this morning – I’ve already given H a quick walk and I have to drop T off at 09.30 and get to Art for 10.00. (It’s only…

  • Biplane blemish

    Another horrid up and down night with good sleeps in between. I made brekkie around 05.00 because I was fairly desperate for a coffee. T ate his toast but didn’t bother with the coffee bit. I was quite lively quite early performing the usual routines. But H and I were in no hurry for the…

  • Back into Routine

    Well, Easter has been and gone and the schools start back today so normal routines are resumed. It was a normal sort of night, with the usual sort of waking times and the usual start to the day. After I awake, as I drink my coffee, and reach a level of consciousness, I usually play…

  • Orthodox Easter

    I slept badly. Well… incorrect. I slept well in between various interruptions. But interruptions leave me with a feeling of general exhaustion when morning drops by. The day has seemed long but I can’t remember doing anything in particular. It has been dull and damp , the damp being intermittent. But full of nuisance. It…

  • Old Father Thames

    I slept for England. Most of the night and throughout a lot of the morning. I had felt very tired all yesterday. Felt a lot better today. I awoke for a brief few moments for coffee etc at around 7.00 and then slept again until nearly 10.00. There was nothing much happening today so there…

  • Simple Simon met …

    The Roberts family came to visit… I had a really horrid night where I found it difficult to settle so in the end I got up arose about 05.00 and we had coffee. And crumpet. S T eventually got into the shower so I gave the Miele an outing to spruce up the carpets. I…

  • Old Haunts

    Following yesterday’s midnight baking, last night was dull in comparison. After spending the evening dozing, nothing much else happened, apart from the fact that I went to sleep. And woke up again around 05.00 which was not entirely convenient. But I shook a leg and prepped hot drinks and brekkie. I invited H outside onto…

  • Coffee Morning

    I awoke at around 03.30 which allowed me to rebake some flapjacks to make up for the disastrous snapjacks of yesterday. I left them to cool and returned to bed to sleep. When I awoke for the second time, I checked them out, and finding they failed the Alfreda test and were unburnt etc, I…

  • Power outage

    What a nice little sleep. It started late and kept going until morning. The doggies were calm and quiet. I didn’t fancy the desiccated rolls in the naked fridge so fed T remaining pie and I ate fruit. We were due a scheduled power outage starting at 09.00 and continuing until 15.00. Early showers were…

  • Quiet and Wet

    I enjoyed a reasonable sleep. And awoke feeling hungry at around 06.00. Probably something to do with the fact that we had finished yesterday’s food intake around 15.00. Unfortunately, the fridge was looking quite naked though there were some oranges and apples. And I unfroze some bread which definitely disappointed. Even toasting it did not…

  • Easter Sunday- Put in my place…

    Ok ok ok – I eat my words about those bikers. All of them. I underestimated it when I said hundreds. 1000 apparently. Egg on face etc. Good job bikers – ITV NEWS below. Moving on … I was awake quite late. I fell asleep around 21.30 on the sofa which meant the night was…

  • Bikers

    Bikers were out in force in Pangbourne yesterday. I’m not a fan of bikes and their riders. I’ve seen too many riding too fast, too close to the wind. And too close to me. At iffy angles to the road. It’s fine if they want to kill themselves but not so fine for anyone else…

  • The Cormorant was in the wrong tree

    Well, I’ve had quite a lot of sleep but I received a sharp warning this morning that all was not yet over. So I explained to H that we would probably have a walk later. I fed T his brekkie and eyed up the solid blue sky. Then I checked the back of the house…

  • Slightly Better

    I felt a whole lot ‘different’ when I awoke this morning, in that my love affair with the loo seemed to have finally drawn to a close. I felt a bit fragile and thought I was ‘over’ it. Well that was a bit optimistic. Dave came to take H out for a walk, with Minnie…

  • Poorly

    i I felt alright around 06.00 but by 08.00 I was feeling quite sick. That was soon joined by unavoidable urgency to use the loo which has continued all day. I suspect the aches and pains on Monday was the start, although yesterday seemed OK. Just tired. The aches and pains have returned with a…

  • Paddling at Pangbourne

    A much better night was had – thank goodness. Tuesday is Art Day but I made up a pack of scarlet lies because I did not want to go. It was not a practical session, it was to mount work for the termly exhibition at the end of April. I’m not particularly pleased with anything…

  • Dinner Party

    I had another really bad night – no clear reason. Just the way things were. I’ve a feeling if I got off my bottom and went swimming, I might be more physically tired. That might help. I have been troubled by aching joints today especially arthritic fingers and elbows and shoulders. The sort of pain…

  • Idle beyond Idle

    Can’t remember what the night was like but I think I finally awoke quite late. I must have performed the usual routines because it would have remembered if I had not. H and I tottered off out around 11.00, mindful that it was the first weekend of the school holidays and that everywhere is still…

  • Dryish

    A bit of an interrupted night- busy brain and weird dreams. An early start and then I dozed off again. I got involved with Race across the World in my dream and the race was not going well. although the precise details escape me. H and I had a little chat about where we should…

  • Surgery Mayhem!

    Oh my days! Seems to be the current way of expressing surprise/ anxiety. Well … Oh my nights! Last night was a good one. I kept surprising myself by being asleep, until after 07.00. It is so good to wake up with the feeling that getting out of bed won’t be a trauma. I flexed,…

  • Soggy Soggy Day

    Another crap night’s sleep with lots of ups and downs. It was a crappy, soggy morning so there was no need to move. No cleaners this week, because they are fortnightly visitors. I thought I had a hair appointment, but that was a mistake. Luckily, I checked it before I left home. They send reminder…

  • Rising Costs

    I passed a much better night last night thank goodness. Was awake for a short spell then deeply asleep again. Deeply being the vital word. The day dawned unpleasantly grey and wet. And stayed that way with a definite Autumnal (??) feel. T took a little while to get going this morning, but did get…

  • Not Painting Peonies

    The weather forecast was correct in its promise of rain. The day started wet and carried on wet. In fact, it did not start well at all because the night had been another disturbed one. I struggled to get up, and, it being an Art day, I needed to get H out for a quick…

  • Horrid Night

    After a few really good nights – I have returned to the bad old nights. Least said, the better. T was up and showered eventually. I can’t remember if I have mentioned, but he is having increasing trouble getting dressed. He seems to be losing the plot about his clothes. I can put them out…

  • Musicals

    The night passed very peacefully but I awoke a little bit earlier than I would have wished. And the morning dawdled on uneventfully. With a little catch up TV, flexing, coffee, puzzles, admin and not much else. I tottered out into the garden as the grass was looking tussocky and green. I shall have to…

  • Frustrations!

    I had a really good sleep with only one half hearted interruption. I was minded that it was a Day Care Day and that we would need to get up eventually. T got himself into the shower first. And I just concentrated hard on the fact I was in no hurry to do anything, though…

  • Lunch Out

    A good sleep was had. Well, quite a good one. We had the usual early brekkie and I performed the usual routines. The cleaners were due at 11.30 but texted to adjust their time to 10.45 which became 10.30. We were up! And soon we were off out. The earlier than anticipated start meant I…

  • Boris has had a makeover

    A reasonable night with an early wake up and early cuppa coffee. T did not have a good day yesterday and this morning carried on in the same vein. Getting him up was a battle – Why do I have to get up? Where are we going? What do you mean – Social Club? But…

  • Waitering

    A bit of a silly night because my watch was misbehaving. In the dark, it donned an unusual watch facial appearance , and it would not cooperate or change it. Or only temporarily, until I put my arm down and it changed back again. The watch gave out a single instruction: to turn the Digital…

  • Fifty Two Years

    That’s how long we have been married. Blooming long time. Three years is how long it is since Biris called the first lock down. To the day, which was a Friday. And there is yet another anniversary today, 20 years since Iraq was bombed in the Bush / Blair murderous debacle. Last night was not…

  • Nuisance News

    It was 07.00 when I woke up after only one minor interruption. That was a great feeling. A real Mother’s Day treat. I performed the usual routine and extended my lie in before I took H out. Another courrier heralded the delivery of a charming little orange tree from Penny. It’s very attractive at the…

  • Wet Dry Wet Dry

    Another night with a long stretch of pure deep sleep to enjoy, until around 05.00. But of course, I was so grateful that I did not mind shuffling off to make a hot drink. And toasted current bread. I offered H the back garden but she declined, and sloped off to resume her disturbed sleep.…

  • Coffee Out

    I can’t remember how well or how badly I slept. But it can’t have been that bad, except we had hot drinks and toast around 05.00. My sleep data indictated I had slept for one hour and a bit. But, thankfully, that is not the true or the whole story because I was not wearing…

  • Soup

    A crap sleep last night. Waking up at 05.00 is alright, but awaking at 02.30 is definitely not good. I did not feel particularly tired so finished off the Christine McGuiness autism film. I felt quite peaceful, just lying there and eventually got myself a hot drink around 05.00. Leaving T to enjoy more beauty…

  • A Lesson in Autism. Or Two lessons in Autism.

    The night was good apart from waking at 04.30 and requiring caffeine. After which I drifted off again. We were up and dressed early for T’s Daycare. An hour early. T doesn’t understand the concept of ‘early’. If he is ready to go, that is what he expects to do. Never mind the fact our…

  • Coliseum

    So much a better night, which was a relief after the night before, and after reading about the importance of sleep for resting the brain to avoid dementia. And then I got bombarded by how the Mediterranean Diet can help prevent/ delay dementia – especially vascular rather than Alzheimer’s. All good stuff. So, today, lunch…

  • Visitors

    The day is just finishing as it started off – not very well. I had drafted some of this blog but it appears to have taken itself off somewhere else. I know I definitely started it because I had inserted the windy movie. I spent chunks of the night with my brain worrying about whether…

  • Wittshort Day

    Just as I tell myself I’m developing greater patience and the ability to walk away… this happens… OK – the sun is out, but that does not mean it’s warm. So why are all the windows ( apart from the ones I have locked) open wide – so wide I can’t reach them to close…

  • Slobbery Ball

    A fairly disturbed night was followed by a workout which I forgot to stop. Ali had asked us / me to walk Minnie, so once I was up and showered, I picked her up to take her to exercise at Pangbourne. The dogs departed on liquid hydrogen … Minnie chasing the ball. But once she…

  • Wind Chill

    Another up and downer of a night, but we survived and awoke around 05.30. This meant the usual routines took place followed by a little lie in. T found it a bit tricky to get himself up today, for daycare, but did comply, after suggesting he ‘give it a miss today.’ He did not put…

  • Heavy Going

    That’s what the day was – heavy going and of little interest. Another up and downer of a night but sleeping was not hard between the ups. I awoke at the usual 05.30 ish. It was another wet, grey, day. My flexing – well I forgot to stop the workout. There was no hurry to…

  • Snow

    Well not a lot fell here, but old haunts (Burghclere) got a good dose. Despite the lovely Carol Kirkwood banging on about it being the coldest night (-14C) she was talking about elsewhere. Scotland. Which has little relevance to me. She is a Scot which might be why she spends a disproportionate amount of time…

  • Blossom Impasto

    A reasonably good night passed me by. And I was up a little later than I prefer when I have Art to get to. I peeped cautiously through the curtains to investigate the expected snowfall but it was invisible. It was around 4C so not likely to snow anyway. I performed the usual early routines…

  • Another Crap Painting

    The night was a bit interrupted but not too bad. I think I was disturbed by evil thoughts about the tyre pressure light and having to get it sorted. I was awake around 05.30 to have coffee and stuff toast into T. The good thing about waking early is that I can have a little…

  • Manuscript found!

    Yes! The Illis found it somewhere. Drafted in 2012. A decent sleep, despite the long one I had yesterday afternoon. There was no reason to do more once my flexing was done. The day was grey and uninviting. H was not moving. T was not moving either. I fed him toast and I eventually lurched…

  • A Heap of Sleep

    Because I was out partying last night, I was into bed quite late. So I slept quite well, also until quite late. Well – around 07.00. The day started slowly and the breakfast cupboard was quite bare. I improvised with cream crackers. Which Tony thought I clearly was. Creamed as well as completely crackers. I…

  • Portrait

    A crap night. Shame after last night. But I dawdled my way through it with the help of an hour from the latest series of Unforgotten, minus the lovely Nicola Walker. T got up at some point in the night and rustled his way through the fridge. He told me he was eating an apple…

  • Apple Delivery

    It was nice to wake up not feeling wrung out like a wet rag. I enjoyed a long sleep. There was no hurry to get up, so I did not. I did not hurry nor did I get up for quite a while. H seemed undesperate for a walk, so I decided we would take…

  • Horribly Busy

    A busy day when I was here, there and everywhere all at once. Sounds a bit like a film I’ve heard of recently. Considering the inconvenience of my embarrassing indisposition, the night was interrupted, but not too bad and the urgency was much reduced by morning. No farts allowed. Just the matter of arm pain,…

  • Marie Antoinette

    We had to paint her in Art today. Another decent sleep but with an early wake up, which is not the same as an early get up. I had to force myself out of bed around 07.30 so that H could have a stroll before I departed for Art in Abingdon. It was a turgid…

  • Monday

    Well it is a clean one in Greece and a national Holiday out there. Palaiochora Carnival, on Sunday, looked as if they had some great floats, in the FB pictures. Rebecca posted good ones! I had a terrible night and was awake early until I drifted off again. And then I awoke late l, which…

  • Lunch out

    It was a bit of an up and downer of a night. The day dawned dry with blue skies arriving later. Since Anne was not coming there was no need to rush to get up and I decided to walk H later near the Bear at North Moreton. This was where we were booked for…

  • The Mysterious Story of the Streetlight

    Yes – definitely off during the night. But that does not appear to be the whole story. It appears to be a different light. No longer do we have a mellow orangey light discreetly illuminating our hallway, during the hours of darkness. Investigation has revealed a new light. One of those lights with LED bulbs…

  • I know how to party!

    Yes – just been out on a Friday night out! On my own! it’s one year since the Russians invaded that Nazi state to put the Ukrainian people out of their misery and free them. BBC put out a trailer at the end of the news, so full of images … Another relatively sleepful night…

  • Something strange Afoot or Overhead

    We have an inconvenient street light immediately in front of our house. It has an orange glow which glows all night and illuminates our hallway. We don’t need to use the light at the front of our house because the street light does the job. It’s light also creeps across our bedroom floor. Coming to…

  • Bitter Sweet

    Happy Birthday to Ali- 47 today. Sadly, Sephy Fleur’s hamster died today. Her demise was rather sudden and distressing and not what any of the family wished for. She was on borrowed time for a hamster but she was a sweet little thing. And F will miss her and her little night time scuffling. She…

  • Viennese Coffee and Croissants

    I did the usual silly o’clock wake up, had toast, fell asleep again and then had to leap to it. H got a quick walk round Streatley Rec and beyond. And I managed to leave for Art at a better time than usual. This got me to Abingdon a bit earlier than usual. It was…

  • Out all Day!!

    Well… all the ‘will happens’ did happen and the ‘might happens’ became ‘will happens.’ This meant that I was out for almost all of the day. And little H was on her own for quite a while. This usually means beserk treatment when we arrive back, but today she was quite calm as I arrived…

  • Two Herons up a tree

    The end of my sleep was very satisfactory but the start was not great! Eventually, after I had poured brekkie into T, thé ladies and I went for a walk. Because the skiers were going to be back earlier than expected ( early afternoon/ late lunchtime) I decided to drop the milk and bread off…

  • And Another Day Passes

    Unfortunately I was awake well before 05.00, which was not part of the plan. I’m tired of feeling tired when I wake up. How T manages to sleep through the day and through the night is incomprehensible. The dogs were not in pester mode. I let Minnie out as I made the coffee, but H…

  • More ball games

    And it’s Random Acts of Kindness Day. Whatever will they think of next! Alex seemed to think parenting duties might suffice but I had to point out the lack of randomness involved. Kind – yes. Random – No. A reasonable night passed by, waking up at the usual sort of time. Well I awoke at…

  • Trip Out

    Forgot to post I was up at a reasonable time as I had to get the dogs out before my Henley Trip. Knowing we were due some rain, I had thrown some sodium carbonate on the patio overnight to get rid of unwelcome green hues and other such. This is supposed to be a secret,…

  • Two Short Ones

    Routine sort of night. T was quite biddable about getting ready for Daycare. And was dropped off after which I took the two dogs up on Lardon Chase. It was a beautiful sunny morning. And the views were slightly hazy, but far reaching. Some work had been done on the messy and straggly hedge, which…

  • Valentine’s Day

    I saw lots of cards made for me. Well I thought they were ALL for me, or the girls, but I’ve only seen them on Facebook. Probably for a secret lover. Apart from Pen’s for both of us. Usual sort of night- very dozy during the evening except for when I watched Panorama. About the…

  • Turkey

    Things are bad out there in Turkey and in Syria. Over 33,000 dead. Most not recovered. Buried under the rubble still. Many have lost extended families. Apparently T’s barber is appealing for blankets etc. Update- they have already left U.K. We went to bed late. Sleep did not come easily. But I awoke around 06.00.…

  • Surprise!

    Beware the weeds! Not a brilliant night, but OKish. Up slowly and without any particular demands. T did not bother to get up at all. I thought about arising for quite a while but realised the day ahead needed my attention. The day was grey, not cold and not forecast to improve. I wanted to…

  • Busy then Unbusy

    Unfortunately last night’s sleep did not pan out like the night before. I did not enjoy the hour or so during which I was awake in the middle of it. The dogs were very good and Minnie was well settled – she can sometimes be a bit unsettled on her first night. She is not…

  • Half Term

    Half term = Brats on the loose over the next week. Illis away. Car parking likely to be tricky at top walk places. I had the MOST delicious sleep last night which involved a block of around completely uninterrupted 5 hours. Unheard of, these days. It meant no dozing or lie in and I had…

  • Out to Lunch

    Again! Yes out to lunch again! Burt Bacharach – what a guy. What songs. Thank you for the music… RIP. I seem to have caught up with a lot of sleep during yesterday evening and overnight, with only limited interruptions. A relief! it was quite late when I awoke – around 06.00 I think. I…

  • The Beauty of Frost

    The night was not good because I started exploring what I could find out about Park House which certainly got me going! I also found 114, Lidgett Lane, a much more modest affair. Very remodelled but the basic structure was recognisable. Including the loo where my grandfather departed this world. However I did doze off,…

  • Park House and Lupins

    Yes they were supposed to be lupins but I will call them flowers since the outline shapes are not quite right. And Park House part 1 … Park House is where I spent the first three years of my life in Thackley / Idle near Bradford. Looks like it is in idle though the address…

  • End of

    Happy Valley has ended. It was riveting viewing. No spoilers. I was awake early again and drifted in and out of dozes until I finally got up. My watch was flat so I had to wait for it to charge up before taking H out. And then I was distracted. Not hard! We marched the…

  • Long Day

    A long day because I woke up at some silly o’clock and could not settle back to sleep. I did some gentle flexing but that didn’t help so I caught up with Death in Paradise instead. And then I disturbed T and made brekkie. I decided to leave him to his own devices in bed…

  • Battles with Beer and Bog Rolls

    I did not sleep late or particularly well. T’s tricksy mood from yesterday had carried on into this morning and it was a bit stressful getting him up. I noticed a rather beautiful, bright, but low moon peeping over the top of our neighbour’s glorious garden room. Well … not that glorious … more of…

  • Commitment Free

    Had another lovely big lump of sleep last night which brought me to consciousness around 06.00, which is better than 04.30, when I landed in reality yesterday. We had a commitment free day ahead of us which was a lovely prospect. I decided that I would engage in an art project in the morning –…

  • Doggy – Down Gay, Figgy

    Καλώ μήνα The above title nonsense represents two interpretations of the word ‘doggy’ by my iPhone. Down gay! How ridiculous is that. Great sleep last night. Long uninterrupted block and it was my runny nose that woke me up, not my running bladder. Makes a change! T was up in good time for Day Care.…

  • Twinkly Toes

    Had quite a good night but I was awake very early at some silly o’clock. That meant T was awake early too. I had experienced battles with the duvet overnight, only to wake up to find it had been on the bed the wrong way round. It is a super king and is wider than…

  • Heidi Veterinary Visit

    I had a really bad night. Couldn’t sleep for whatever reason, only drifting off in the early hours. T seemed to spend the night munching on apples which did not help. I spent busy brain time thinking about getting H to the V for a routine vaccination. Why was I bothered? Good question. It was…

  • Bingo

    Oh poor Nadim… he’s had to resign. Caught out red handed by the new ethics adviser who has not pussy footed around, but gone straight to the point. Who will be next? Dom, hopefully, with a pasting to help him on his way. Suella could do to be removed and then Boris has an uncomfortable…

  • Sneaky Supper Out

    I slept quite nicely until the usual 05.30 or so. And then I poured bagels into T, flexed and fell fast asleep again for an hour or so. The day was another grey and uninviting one. I may have forgotten to mention my early morning ritual – 3 online word games – Wordle, Waffle and…

  • More Day Care = More Peace

    I was late to sleep after dozing off. I tried to get involved in Question Time but lost the thread. Although the start of the show was concerned with why all these politicians who get themselves into bother are not suspended until the truth is established. Or are asked to step aside would be another…

  • More Lunch

    A night where I had trouble drifting off to sleep. But once I had drifted off, the night was reasonable, but just not long enough. There was no immediate hurry to vacate the bed – just a little tidying before the new clean team arrived. And T got himself up in time for them to…

  • Mermaid?

    We were late to bed due to my obsession with finishing off series1 of Happy Valley. Good job done. A good sleep was followed by brekkie before 06.00 and a little lie in until daylight peered through the blinds. H was lucky enough to get a short early walk in the frosty fog. Despite being…

  • Happy Valley!!

    Happy birthday to Evie Lola – 17 today. It was -6C when I awoke. It was also foggy. We were a bit tardy about leaving the bed but T arrived at daycare on time. H and I went to Castle Meadows where the sun was just breaking through to dispel the mist and to allow…

  • Visitors

    The Illis are coming for lunch. Evie will be 17 tomorrow. I had the best night’s sleep in bed for ages. It started off very well on the sofa which was annoying, but it continued nicely in bed. And I awoke quite suddenly but feeling quite satisfied. T was as dopey as ever but treated…

  • Foggy

    I overslept! Just a bit. Until about 07.30. There was a knock on effect to that through the rest of the day. I think I might have had a brief earlier peek at the day. But I switched it off until 07.30. After some consideration, I arose to take H out and to do some…

  • Jiggered

    I had a disturbed night for some reason or other. Sleep there was none – or it felt like that. Consequently I have felt very tired all day. Very tired. But haven’t actually slept. T was extremely cooperative over going to day care. I know their programme of activities but not what they get for…

  • All of a Rush

    This morning felt very rushed. I awoke quite early and dished out a drink and brekkie around 05.30. T thought it was a bit early but bravely soldiered on with his almond croissant. The one he had clearly bitten into last night but had stopped at the one bite. I struggled a bit with getting…

  • White and Wet

    I enjoyed a mega sleep last night until I woke around 05.30. Once it was daylight, it was clear that it was going to be a sunny day. (Supported by met office data) In fact we are promised a sunny, but cold, week to come. T was ahead of me in the shower, after a…

  • Art 2

    A reasonable undisturbed night. I’m pleased to be able to say that I don’t think we disturb each other when wandering in the middle of the night. Though if I hear T rustling in the fridge that can be quite disturbing. It took all my resolve to take H out for a very short walk…

  • Flooding

    A reasonable night but up and about around 05.00, followed by a doze and a proper ale up around 07.00. T was in cooperative mood and actually got in the shower first. That was quite handy. We were out on time. After yesterday’s inspection of Wallingford Watery Meadows, I decided to inspect locations where there…

  • Cooler

    This is Sunday’s blog – didn’t post… A decent night’s sleep. No hurry to get up as I contemplated the day when I awoke soon after 05.00. H did not move and did not appear to be in a hurry either. It was not raining but it was much cooler. 3C. How can a dog…

  • Late to bed, late to rise

    It was quite late to bed last night after my night of gadding around. And it was not a bad night until morning greeted me with full force of more rain. I made brekkie, flexed, shoved H out in the rain and studied the weather forecast. The rain was scheduled to stop around 11.00. In…

  • Bright

    I slept a mega sleep from around 18.00 until about 03.00. My watch was anxious to let me know I had slept for around 8 hours – unheard of. I started on the sofa and ended up in bed. For the duration. T arose somewhat reluctantly and was delivered to Daycare. The day had dawned…

  • Hanging Around

    I had a really good sleep. Managed to stay awake until bedtime and only after I was in bed, did I go to sleep. And slept almost continuously until 05.15 ish. That’s the ticket! It was another grey, wet start to the day. At around 10.00, I took H as far as the Rec and…

  • Three Swans and an aeroplane

    Another terrible night – after we got second wind around 21.00 last night. T (unheard of ) made us coffee for some peculiar reason. I explained it was not a good time to be drinking coffee but I let about three mouthfuls glug down. So maybe be that is why it was such a bad…

  • A Drudge of a Day

    It started grey and wet and it carried on like that all day. Relentlessly. Even T commented on how foul it was outside. I slept better than the day before as my night was dream free and my dominant stuffy nostril was eased by Sudafed spray instead of some hallucinogenic rubbish. Lucy in the Sky…

  • Ladies that Lunch…

    I had a terrible night’s sleep. In fact sleep was a fantasy. Mega awful. It all started with a blocked nostril and I couldn’t find my usual nose spray to relieve it. So I reached for a new brand and applied it. It almost took the top of my head off. It smelt of mint…

  • The knife is in the bottle

    Another good night’s sleep until 06.00. Better be careful, this is becoming a habit! And there was brekkie to be had too. And then I just had to get up. Another uninviting start to a day. The rain splashed down outside the windows and there was a general wetness prevailing outside. Hard surface flooding etc.…

  • Rain

    Yes more of it, in showery, heavy doses. The roads are awash with deep water. Hazardous for drivers. And the poodles hide potholes. Of which there are many. I had a very good sleep waking up quite late. Unlike yesterday, there were a variety of items available for brekkie. Spoilt for choice. No hurry to…

  • Therapeutic (!?) Chores Day

    A reasonable night, only disturbed by T leafing through his photo book. For some reason or other. We were awake around 05.00, so an early brekkie was on the cards. A good imagination was required, owing to empty cupboards, but a further raid of our Christmas presents found a Christmas cake that was saying, ‘Eat…

  • A New Post

    I had a lovely deep sleep last night. What a treat. Since Zora and the cleaning team had cancelled, there was no need to get up to be out of their way. I spent a while trying to persuade T to come out to walk H with me, but I was getting no sense out…

  • Dream on

    Last night brought a strange dream involving tablets and our Ukrainian friends plus one. And BV. I was fretting on and off throughout the night where our medicinal tablets were. They had to be in one of two places and I didn’t know which, or if we had even taken any that day. It was…

  • Drowny Day

    A bit of awakeness at some silly o’clock. I tried to while away some minutes by catching up on Silent Witness but it just sent me to sleep again. So now I know what to do when I’m needlessly awake – find a Silent Witness episode. I performed the usual morning routine activities. I have…

  • Another Bank Holiday

    I think the night passed sweetly but it was a long time ago now. It was not raining when I woke up for the second time. Quite late. I haven’t done anything much today. I watched some TV rubbish, but late in the afternoon, I hooked into the Real Marigold Hotel. Always enjoyable to watch…

  • New Year’s Day

    What a peaceful day. Have not spoken to anyone or seen anyone, but have received a Happy New Year Text or two family and friends. Felt quite isolated really. And not even poxy. The night was another disturbed one or one that never really got going because I could not get to sleep. So I…

  • Rainy end to the year

    Very rainy. Lots of deep poodles across the roads and cars swooshing up swoosh. Another quite disturbed night with an early flurry of activity followed by a second doze which awoke me after 07.00. The day dawned in the utter misery of its own making. The grey couldn’t have been greyer, I could hear the…

  • Almost the end of 2022

    I actually had a decent sleep last night, no long lingering period of wakefulness in the dark! Just little interruptions. I awoke finally around 07.00. It is quite enjoyable not to have the stress of getting T up. I spent a while this morning continuing to set things up on the new iPad and also…

  • Minnie goes home

    More of the usual overnight routine, except I awoke for a while at a really silly o’clock. Around 03.00 I think. Not great. H is used to ignoring my overnight activity but it was news to Minnie and she became quite lively, keen to join in. She is very wary of Heidi, who can get…

  • Two Dogs

    The night followed what is now my routine … various disturbances and coffee and toast around 05,00. Only the cupboard was bare today as I did not go shopping yesterday. So it was coffee and a slice of cake of the Christmas variety. I had received a late text from Ali yesterday asking me to…

  • Boxing Day 2

    It was good to be back home in our own bed. Although the hotel bed was also very comfortable. I think little H was also pleased to be in more familiar territory. There was no serious urgency to arise and I lay around a little too long. The plan was for me to walk H…

  • Boxing Day

    A reasonable night. We feel quite comfortable at this hotel because we have stayed there so many times. Today, I pre-empted T getting himself several breakfasts, by putting a double dose of cutlery on my tray as well as doing his coffee for him. By the time we got to the table, he had already…

  • Best Christmas

    Slept quite well following the usual pattern. And awoke to peaceful quiet. There seemed no hurry to arise so I made sure we took our time. The magic of Christmas morning is not the same without the excitement of small children. Though there were lots of teenage ‘believers’ in the family back at the house…

  • Christmas Eve

    What a long day! It started around 04.00 as I lay awake fretting over all the things I needed to do. Get all the presents from the spare room into the hallway and then into the car. Get rid of rubbish. Get T up. Decant olive oil. Find salt . And so on. I started…

  • Don’t Panic!

    I’m not panicking! Well… not much! I fell asleep last night before I got to Traitors so I decided to try again and watch it in bed. Sadly, I fell asleep again! But I did catch up with it during the night at some point. That led to a nice late wake up this morning.…

  • Cleaner

    Another quite a good night’s sleep though I was awake around 05.00. I had managed to stay awake for Traitors last night. It will finish tonight. I managed to get T out of bed before the cleaners arrived, and now they’ve been and gone, the house looks and feels a whole lot better. I took…

  • Present Raping

    I slept well … so well that I did not follow my usual pre- Christmas habit of getting up in the middle of the night to rap a few, or even a lot of gifts. It takes hours. And I usually do it whilst T is out of the way/ asleep. Of course, he should…

  • Quiet and Peaceful

    Awake at 05.00 for coffee etc. No urgency. T stayed in bed all day. So very peaceful. A so so night. It was quite warm again … 11C to be precise. It was not raining either – the sky was almost blue. I tinkered around in the morning – Dave had largely sorted the dishes…

  • Look! No Socks

    A bit of a disturbed night which ended up in a late awakening. I had a lot to do today. Today, T was compliant and up and ready for Day Care. Trouble was … Day care didn’t happen and won’t happen until after Christmas. 4/1/23 it restarts. That is due to two cases of Covid…

  • Is it really Sunday?

    It didn’t feel like a Sunday as I sneaked a cheeky lie in. A bit of snow was forecast before the freezing rain arrived. It didn’t happen though. Well… the rain did and it was very unpleasant. The lie in was very comfy and nicely warm . But it didn’t really last long enough. H…

  • What a stink!

    Another decent night with the new electric blankets which are deeper and more comfy than the old one. Our bed now offers a magnificent sumptuousness worthy of royalty. Or the Princess and the Pea. There is an enormousness about it. I can banish T to a distant position! Another morning dawned where there was no…

  • Another the same

    I fell asleep on the sofa just as Traitors was about to begin and woke up as the 22.00 news was ending. Shock Horror. I was so traumatised by not knowing what had happened in the latest episode that I caught up with it in bed. No spoilers. I then slept quite nicely until it…

  • More Chill

    I awoke in the middle of the night, watched a bit of Catch Up TV and went back to sleep. Until after 07.00. There was no reason to get up and it was -7C outside, so bed was the place to be. I spent a bit more time on flexing. H stayed in her bed.…

  • Christmas Dinner

    Well it was another of those nights, with a cuppa around 05.30. It was a cold night. A very cold night. I had to get ahead of the game because the day was scheduled to be busy. So H and I were out and about around 08.30. It was -5C. I was slightly underdressed. Considerably…

  • Very Little

    I’m getting as bad as T because today I have done very little. I had another disturbed night. It is always the same at this time of year until I am up to date with all my chores. Mainly wrapping presents nightmare. The ones I have yet to buy. I presented T with brekkie and…

  • Proud Grandparents

    I was awake for a chunk of the night so I went shopping and disposed of a load of our money. If anyone in the family is reading this – I need ideas! When I was wandering around at 04.00 I noticed white stuff falling from the sky. It was rather half hearted white stuff…

  • Winter Wonderland

    I awoke at the usual sort of time and it didn’t take long for me to realise that there was still a chill in the air. A quick look out of the window, once it was daylight, revealed a white world. White air , aka fog, white roofs, white fences, white gardens and a white…

  • Nuts and Crackers

    Ironic that – the two things I had forgotten to buy, nuts and crackers, so I popped down to the filling station. But they had no crackers – nothing I could use for cheese – nuts – yes. They were nice nuts. Peanuts even – dry roasted! But no crackers. And I picked up oats…

  • Not Hot

    Yes – definitely not hot, not warm , not tepid, nor cool. The weather remains cold. Very cold. The back garden has stayed white all day and the ground was rock hard on our walk. Last night RAF Benson was -9C, the coldest spot in the whole of the UK. A reasonable sleep with the…

  • Too Cold

    The temperature was well in the minuses overnight and I can confirm the CH is not working in the sitting room. The kitchen UFH seems to be working after a fashion. So the sitting room is not the place to be. Our visitors due on Saturday, have been warned! The night was cosy inside my…

  • Drowning in Cardboard, Sorting Salt and other chores

    Another 04.00 awakening whereupon I did some shopping and performed other useful online chores. And then went back to sleep. It must have been the relief of getting them done that helped me sleep. I whisked T off to Daycare and then whisked H round Cholsey Rec. I had a very rewarding conversation with the…

  • Bat Flattery

    Yet another disturbed night. I have discovered I am less disturbed if I sleep on my tum. It used to be my preferred way of sleeping until I had those knee operations which made it far too uncomfortable. But I have recently tried to revive the habit which is not hard, these days. So it…

  • All over the place

    I awoke at some really silly o’clock and could not resettle for quite a while. So I eventually did the brekkie bit and promptly slept on until 08.00. This was not very convenient. The plumber was due at 9.00 but I got a phone call instead due to his kids being poorly and he is…

  • Dozy Sunday

    A decent night’s sleep following the usual routine of an early wakening with brekkie and another doze. In fact, outside was beyond disgusting. Grey, damp, cold, just about describes it. There was no deadline to cause me to get up so I did not, T was in a world of his own so I ignored…

  • Polar Express

    Yes… up at some silly o’clock again – around 05.00, so I made toast and tea and coffee. And offered H a chance to go out. She took one look outside and declined my generous offer and I went back to sleep. T remained asleep as I showered and dressed in order to go and…

  • Ladies that Lunch

    A pretty good night on our comfy new mattresses. I found a big box on the doorstep this morning. I think it might have been there all night. H had been a bit restless at one point the previous evening. But I hadn’t heard the bell ring. The big box probably contains our new electric…

  • Doctor Doctor

    Another comfy night though I continue to suffer disturbances. I was awake for a while around 04.00 and I thought that was it, for the night, but I soon fell fast asleep again until well after 07.00. This shockingly late awakening kicked me into action. By the time I got myself going, it was almost…

  • Mowing

    A reasonable night on our lovely comfortable new mattresses. The day dawned grey and miserable. And cold. I was in no hurry to get up, but daycare beckoned which meant I had to get T going. Usual stressful battle followed. It goes something like this: I get clothes ready for him and lay them on…

  • Tony takes charge

    Another quite disturbed night. This is getting quite tedious. But I did get a deep doze as morning arrived. The day dawned greasy and grey. Not exactly raining but almost. Not the sort of day to invite you outside. I was notified that our new mattresses would arrive around 13.40-14.40 and that Robert was the…

  • Heavy Going

    Stodgy day – time to think. The night was not brilliant. T went off foraging at some point, but the fridge was not very accommodating for him. However he was a good boy and got himself up to go to his Social Club. He was in good spirits when I picked him up in the…

  • Childish

    Another relatively undisturbed night followed by early brekkie followed by a later drift off. T was up and around in the night scavenging the fridge and kitchen for food. I have to watch him like a hawk, otherwise he snacks on all sorts of sweet things and then does not want the meal I cook…

  • Chilli Saturday

    I forgot my drinking water plan and paid for it during the night. I was awake at some silly o’clock, so made T his brekkie, had a shower and I did a bit of flexing. In fact, I forgot to stop the workout so I gained a few extra kj. I was in no hurry…

  • No Peace for the Wicked

    A day as a taxi driver! Last night, I found myself, a block of ice, propped up on the sofa around midnight. I quickly took myself off to bed, having carefully set the alarm for around 06.00. Just in case, you understand. In case I awoke late. Fat chance. I got myself and T a…

  • Just as I thought it was all over…

    I slept better last night. Thank goodness! My plan worked. It involved drinking all the gallons of water earlier in the day instead of during the evening. That meant I didn’t wake up every couple of hours in urgent need. I think I’m drowning in all the litres of water that I am downing. Today…

  • Tired

    I experienced another really disturbed, busy brain night. Just could not settle. Kept feeling irked by what would unfold during the coming day – nothing of huge significance. The usual stress of getting T up and out to Daycare and walking H (it was pouring with rain) and a trip to the dental hygienist. T…

  • Sunny

    I was awake in the night again for quite a while. Felt calm, Just couldn’t settle. I’m not sure that the dreaded Lurgy is not returning. I’ve felt fairly crap all day. Luckily it was a day with little happening. Yesterday, I briefly contemplated an early swim this morning, but the disturbed night put paid…

  • Wet, Cold, Unpleasant

    I had an unwelcome restless period in the middle of the night. I felt quite awake and wished I did not. Then I made a hot drink and was soon fast asleep again. Until around 07.30, which meant I needed to get a wriggle on. Same old story, the uncertainty involved in getting T up…

  • Went nowhere, did nothing

    Well, hot drink as usual around 05.00 and then drifted off until around 08.00. It was not raining and the sun was lurking behind woolly white blobby things. I had a very sore arm which encouraged me to lie around for a bit. T also had a sore arm – right arms which is where…

  • Jabbed

    It was not raining when I woke up. Just for a change! But it was cloudy. And grey. I awoke quite early but had slept nicely. Things are definitely looking up! I fed T his drink and brekkie and issued the day’s warning about being up on time. In time for our flu/ Covid jabs…

  • Farewell to our Ukrainian Family

    I awoke at some silly hour, did a little reading and sn it oozed off again. My chunks of sleep are becoming longer with fewer interruptions. These were mostly based on needing to go to the loo . Now that nasty UTI is becoming history, my bladder seems to be behaving itself better. I have…

  • The Shock of it

    A better night’s sleep than I have had in a while,  More  continuous sleep and fewer disturbances.  Thank goodness.   At O5.30 it was pouring with rain. Tipping it down.  H was not remotely interested so we reached an agreement. She came back inside.   T was in one of those moods where he was feeling sorry…

  • Heidi 0 – Squirrels 6

    I was awake at some silly o’clock again which meant another early brekkie. And another short snooze . T was well away in the land of Deep Snoring and did manage to cooperate and arise after a little polite persuasion.  The morning dawned extremely wet with deep puddles lining the roads. By the time I…

  • Utterly nothing

    I was awake at some silly o’clock so brought my brekkie forward to 05.00. I knew it would send me to sleep again and I was not wrong, waking up again just before 08.00.  It was grey and very wet outside. H did not want to go out, neither did I, neither did T. So…

  • Warmth!

    I awoke ( finally) quite late and with T to get to Daycare…. But he was compliant, and we made it. I explained that I would need to pick him up early due to a clash of timings with the boiler service.  Next up- H and I took a spin round Castle Meadows. It was…

  • Visitor

    Annoying. This is attempt 2 at this blog, because the first typing did not save. Evernote has done this to me before. I’ve got better things to do than repeat something I did earlier.  The day dawned grey. And damp but not rainy. The night had been so so.  Brekkie was munched at 06.00 which…

  • Almost a Day off

    In bed much later than usual, but this led to a more prolonged and deeper sleep. Still had brekkie around 06.00.  T has passed most of the day in bed. Exhausted I think.  Yesterday was busy for both of us.  Today was supposed to be a day of recovery. Ha ha.  Unwelcome News plopped into…

  • Party time

    Another sort of disturbed night mainly due to the amount of liquid that I am imbibing. And have been told to imbibe.  We had brekkie about 06.00 , at around 08.00 , pI started the struggle to dig T out of bed in order to get him to Daycare.  We finally made it at around…

  • Lots of Lights!

    Not a wonderfully interesting day.  Not a wonderful night either, but OK with the electric blanket to keep me warm.  We had tea and toast around 06.00 and may have drifted off again.  Without paying sensible attention, I invited a courrier into the house, thinking he was the electrician. He must have felt rather special-…

  • Peace

    Another up and downer of night but OK generally. The day dawned as a bit of a mixture –  the sun was trying ( in effort sense) but so was the rain.  It took me an hour and a half to get T up and into Daycare. He started with a positive attitude and went…

  • Lights!

    A thoroughly messy night thanks to a black, dead and extinct iPhone. That caused me to linger in a wakeful state until I eventually solved the problem via my old iphone7 and the internet. The holiday unpacking is progressing slowly.  I arose, to trek down to the docs with my discharge paperwork, and to pick…

  • Day 1 at home

    First Day Home  It was a horrid start to the day – gloomy and wet and cold.  The CH did not appear to have kicked itself into life so I hid back under the duvets and on the electric blanket.  Pen called and we had a bit of a chat.  I had to try and…

  • It’s Over

    My night started really well and then became somewhat disturbed.  Don’t really know why, but settling back to sleep was not easy. Eventually I gave up and made myself a cup of lemon tea and that seemed to do the trick.  Peace – for a while at least.  The day that greeted us was bright…

  • Release

    The night was busy at the hospital, a bit like Piccadilly Circus with all the new admissions and departures. Bristling with noise and wheels.  My temperature was 36.4 this morning. Thank you Lord. I received the usual dose of IV antibiotics, another saline bag.  They took more blood , pricked me a few times here…

  • Time Suspended

    Today dawned for me with no raised body temperature, so that was a positive. I thought I might be on my way home at last… but… no.  The previous night had involved wailing man who does not seem to be present this evening,  The day went pretty much as other days – rounds of pin…

  • Pin Cushion

    The night was tricky spent in the company of my 3 male ward  companions.  They are quiet people but the night was punctuated with blocks of being awake which were not so welcome.  However from nearby someone had a fixation with Karma or maybe it was Parma. ne Come the morning, there was lots of noise…

  • Death by antibiotics

    What a fine mess! I really stank yesterday – of the dirt of days, of infection, of the sweats that soaked me through as my temperature took me to hot deserts and the Arctic.  Chattering teeth returned in the night And I was desperately thirsty.  Someone summoned up some water and a blanket.  And gave…

  • HorsePiddle

    Word press won’t let me in. Well the poorliness  persisted and I ended up in Asti hospital  much against my will,  and even overnight.  Someone,  who did not understand the situation, insisted on calling an ambulance as T was berating me on the street.  The Lurgy  which has made me feel so poorly for the…

  • Lurgy and Ferry

    This is about Monday- Halloween. Don’t what day I said yesterday was about, but it was probably wrong. Yesterday was Sunday 30/10. Last night was a nightmare of shivers and chattering teeth and some sort of brain fog which kept me glued to the bed and prevented me from thinking. Sensibly, logically , or at…

  • Departure

    This is about Saturday I was convinced the hour would fall back when we were on the boat tonight, Sunday.  What a long Saturday night that was! I woke up a couple of times and it kept being 04.00 and I just assumed that I was confused.  Ha ha .  But it was such a…

  • Rafina/ Mati

    Our crossing might have been bumpy because it was windy, but that didn’t disturb me. I just did not sleep that well. The cabin was perfectly spacious and comfortable.  I was slightly concerned about getting across Athens early in the morning, in the dark, but in the end, I only took one wrong turn which…

  • OXIbirthDay … the leaving of Kriti…

    Happy birthday to Oskar and Heidi, to Minnie x2, to Millie and Charlie, Benny et Al… I had such a good sleep last night. A really good one after days even weeks of not such good ones. I was still awake around 06.00. There was a brief waking period due to wind.  Very strong wind…

  • Olive Oyle

    There seems to be a bit of a fuss over Suella Braverman.  Along with others, I see her as a not very bright, very right wing, manipulative, untrustworthy, jumped up little nobody. Last full day today, unless you count tomorrow, when I will be stretching the car.  A bit of a fussy night because I…

  • Trouble at t’Mill

    I was awake quite early after a rather disturbed night due to the presence of itchy creatures. Not the huge fat whining variety, but the subtle ones that you can’t see, and which go for your ankles and shoulders and other parts that are not easily reached. A fork helped. Reach those parts that is. T…

  • Very warm

    Tuesday Good sleep but my ankles were nibbled in the night. And are being nibbled now! Should have applied the lotion. Not huge noisy mosquitoes, but invisible pesky small invertebrates.  I was awake around 06.00 so waited patiently  for daylight to arrive. And just before it did, I loaded H and myself into the car…

  • And back to where it all began

    Monday  Another interrupted night which led to a final late awakening around 07.40.  The sky was very clear with a pinky hue at the horizon out to sea. There was barely a breath of wind and with a cool bite to the air.  H and I went down to the big beach, parking as far…

  • Less Windy

    I slept well and finally awoke – late – it was already daylight! Unheard of! And there was something else strange – no wind! Silence and a stillness prevailed.  I enquired of H if she was ready for her walk … she was a bit non committal.   We took the car down to what they…

  • The Return of the Wind

    With a vengeance. And nothing to do with beans or lentils because they are in short supply here. Second wind … It is Friday. We will be off back to the UK in a week or so, via Piraeus and Rafina.  The night was somewhat disturbed – a new bed to get used to. And…

  • Leaving Elafonisi

    I had a pretty good night’s  sleep but kept remembering we had to pack and clear out our room.  It did not take long but the worst thing was trying to cram everything into the car.  I’m sure we arrived in Greece with a half empty car…and we have left with a very full one.…

  • Less windy = More swimmy

    When I woke up, I realised something was missing – the horrid screeching at the entrance to the studio. The silence was eerie. The calm was refreshing.  Having left T with a hot drink, H and I bumped our way down to Elafonisi. It was a beautiful morning, almost cloudless. There was a little bit…

  • Rhythms

    This never got published … it was written on around 9/ 10 October. I was thinking – a propos of nothing in particular – of the rhythms of life here. The rhythms of life here are quite marked. On a micro level Grammeno brought me early dog walks, as day broke, companionship, a return, a…

  • Yet More Wind

    I tended to think of wind as not interfering with my daily activities, but it is certainly making a mess, at the moment, of things I like doing. For example – swimming which I really enjoy but finding somewhere calm enough or safe enough is very difficult. Impossible even.  It’s been a difficult day managing…

  • Still Windy

    I had one of the best night’s sleep that I have had in a long time. I awoke early then fell asleep again until around 07.45. The wind was no longer screeching outside our back door, but it was gusting around and about. However the sky was blue and the mountains were looking more friendly.…

  • Last Chance Saloon down at the Lagoon

    It felt like the last chance saloon! We did not hang around at Aspro Limni. When I woke up this morning, the wind was howling past the back door. The rain was lashing against it. It is a very heavy door, but if not closed properly, it can fly open. We learnt the hard way. It…

  • Here, There and Everywhere

    The night was intermittently exciting with a lot of flashing and some very loud clashing and banging. Rain was also involved. The ground was quite soggy come the morning.  At about 06.50 I prepared us hot drinks. Mine did not look or taste right. A quick stir revealed the milk had curdled. I blame the…

  • Scary Adventure

    The night was not too bad but it seems a long time ago now. I took H down to Elafonissi to investigate where I could give her a better morning run than she gets amongst the olive groves.  It was only as our time was up that I found the coastal walk route sandwiched between…

  • Hot

    Much better sleep last night until T caused disturbance in the early hours which left me quite wakeful for a while. A dream I think. After my slightly more satisfying sleep, I thought briefly about doing flexing. Not done any for quite a while. Thought was as far as I got. I trailed H through…

  • Eventually … Finally …

    T eventually got up this morning and we finally made it to brekkie just before 11.00. He was a bit of a nightmare, fiddling around, looking for a towel, looking for some clothes to wear. Sitting down and then starting the process all over again. Even after I had given them all to him. We will…

  • Aspro Limni

    Today, we left Megim Hotel after 3 nights, and Palaiochora where we have been for nearly four weeks. Most of which was spent at the lovely Grammeno. I had walked Heidi towards Alonaki, bade a mental/ texted 2nd farewell to Eleanor and cousins because they would be heading for the airport at around 09.00, and…

  • Keep Away from the Edge

    Another reasonable night apart from a short wakeful interlude. One more night here and then we move on.  H and I wandered along the beach and I briefly considered heading for Grammeno car park but decided there was not enough time. So I chatted to a Belgian man whose first morning it was – (…

  • Conclusion

    Another bloody awful night. So the decision was made for me… move on, check out Monday so we can use facilities and still see familiar faces,  stay close by, do clothes washing, pack stuff we travel with,  then domestic stuff and bugger off to explore elsewhere.  It was a decision not easily reached and with…

  • Misery

    Absolutely awful night. It made the morning and the rest of the day extremely difficult.  Luis came visiting early and was no trouble.  The early walk was pretty grim and windy. E and I walked back together.  In the morning, I fell over near J and E’s place – probably the same stone that caught…

  • Somewhat Windy

    I slept well despite the usual disturbances, with a loose blanket and Fanny remained banished in the corner. I awoke at 05.50, which again meant it was not worth going back to sleep. So H and I had quite a long wait for daylight. Gone are the days when I fearlessly stomped around the promontory…

  • Fika

    Well… I awoke at 05.50 which meant I had to get up because there was not enough time to go back to sleep.  So I meandered through my preparations and visitations etc.  There was quite a strong breeze, from the north I think.  Blankets were at the ready last night and Fanny stood sulking in…

  • Sleeves this evening

    I groaned as I arose this morning, my heart was not really in it. 08.00 would be such a lovely time to go out. BUT I never regret it. The sand is such a challenge!! The sunrise is such a treat. The canine and human company are great, the day just would not be the…

  • Monday

    I slept quite well with the usual interruptions, awaking around 06.00. It took me most of that hour until 07.00 to prepare myself and H for the walk. Preparations were interrupted by a floating white apparition that was growling and trying to bark. This amorphous ghostly shape was very confusing to a simple soul like…

  • And to think I thought things were Better

    Silly me! This is about Sunday. Each day had seemed a little better for the old spirits. Though today I didn’t get to swim. And there was some pear shaped stuff going on. Anyway the early walk was good. I spent the usual time in the good company of Eleanor and Chris. And Sasha, Isabella…

  • Hot Hot Hot

    This is about Saturday – I’m getting in a bit of a muddle over the days. . It was already very warm when I awoke and the fan had been on all night.  No flashing green light this morning.  I think the flasher was on the end of a lead.  Somewhere that was not here.…

  • Still LP Day 2

    Virgo long gone September 22 LP Day 1 – buried for the time being Another trixy day for me. Stupid really. I was serenaded this morning at around 06.00.  Serenaded by a brown dog with a green flasher, who I rapidly shut up lest H decided to make it a duet. The flasher took himself…

  • No Swim

    Still felt fairly knackered all day. But it’s been very humid which will not have helped. Awoke and arose around 05.00 to get a leisurely start to the day ahead. No flashing green light around the important offices of the camp site today. But one was spotted by the time we got back to the…

  • New Arrivals

    Welcome to Kriti to Eleanor, Chris and Terry. I had a really good sleep which started around 21.00. I awoke, not for the first time, at 05.00 and reset the alarm for 06.00. H and I headed for les toilettes to deal with the serious business of the day, before walking out and away.  I…

  • Quite Tired

    I had a decent sleep – we are gradually settling into the rhythms of life here in Grammeno.  So different from at home. Once more, I was glad of the blanket.  There was a mysterious rustling in the night, and come the morning, an all but empty packet of almond biscuits revealed the cause.  Some midnight…

  • Lovely Early One

    The night passed easily and I was warm! In fact, as I set myself up for bed, I thought we might need the fan. It was but a fleeting thought and before long, I was reaching for my treat – a blanket! Just the presence of the blanket draped across me was reassuring. So the…

  • Lie in

    The night was chilly. Due to the rain, we were wrapped up and in bed early. T under a cosy fleecy blanket, me wrapped up in various swimming towels and H on her own fleece. I felt a bit like a dog without the hot to prefix it. There was nothing hot about my night.…

  • Downhill

    Today has been difficult, I have really struggled. Rapidly downhill is how the day went. From this: To this: Surprisingly, I was up and out quite quickly and even had a few minutes to sit around in case a green flashing light headed my way. But Chris had other plans for Luis this morning. Like…

  • Fluffy Tails and all that

    I didn’t really want to get up this morning. But I did. I spotted a familiar low-lying, green, flashing light weaving its way amongst the bushes or tables beside the bar. Goodness, I thought, Luis is up and out here early. It was indeed Luis, a very wet Luis, who accompanied us towards the promontory.…

  • Curious Incidents of the dogs in the Night Time

    The night passed peacefully until around 05.00 when I felt the need to arise from the bed, sadly, knowing that I would not have much longer in it. 06.00 is get up and get going time. I was surprised to see light thrown from the cabin next door onto the ground outside. I had not…

  • Happy Birthday Fleur!

    15 at last! Many Happy returns to Fleur. . The night passed with little disturbance of which I was aware. But I suspect there may have been goings on  of which I was unaware.   I was awake again around 05.00 Which was a nuisance as I didn’t really want to be awake before 06.00.   It…

  • Monday – A Funeral

    RIP – Elizabeth II… today you are to be laid to rest following a very large state funeral – possibly the largest ever held. I was awake at around 05.00 and drifted in and out of sleep until 06.00, when I got up and carried out a few fiddly chores, such as are possible in…

  • Hot and Humid Sunday

    I had another disturbed night with T’s comings and goings… but I had found the carefully positioned fan that I had not noticed the day before. This made the whole night more pleasant as its gentle and cooling airflow wrapped itself around us. So the day dawned warm. I did a bit better than yesterday…

  • First Day

    A difficult night with T not understanding the purpose of the bog bucket. Very tiresome. I found it outside the cabin in the middle of the night. H had also taken the opportunity to scarper, so she may be attached to something for the duration, tonight. I needed to find her. I was very disorganized…

  • We Arrived at Grammeno!

    After 10 days since leaving the UK, with 3 days at Pesaro, we have finally arrived at Grammeno. It was dark in Chania when we left the boat from Piraeus, but the sun was rising over the mountains as we left the National Road. It was a ripe orange sunrise giving the rocks great depth…

  • Almost There

    The night was not great, though it was peaceful. I’m sure we have docked much earlier in Igoumenitsa than the 09.30 time, we docked today. I remember being there in the dark in the past. From there it is 5 hours to Patra. The bag of nibbles and fruit worked a treat… saved us a…

  • Sailing to Patra

    This morning dawned a bit cloudy – T hadn’t been very well in the night.  I put it down to the alcoholic beer, all .6L of it. Digestive troubles.  It was very unsettling for me, more so for him.  There was also the constant and annoying sound of running water which turned out to be…

  • Italy – I forgive you

    Yes -Italy – you are almost rehabilitated in my books. Looking back at yesterday, on my watch, I seemed to have walked a lot of steps. I even closed my rings. It is probably to do with the fact that this hotel has well spread out accommodation so quite a lot of walking is involved.…

  • Hot Night!

    Pesaro …km – only local to Gradera I‘ve now found the aircon. But I hadn’t found it last night, probably because I didn’t think we needed it, preferring the fresh air approach. But T had other ideas and kept closing both windows. I opened them/ he closed them and so it went on. I got…

  • Not waking up

    114km – a mere hour and a half behind the wheel The trials of the three flights of stairs and broken down lift, ensured a really solid night’s sleep from which I did not stir before 07.00. Then it all came back to me… unless by some miracle the lift had been fixed, I had…

  • Waking up in the Recovery Room

    331km Last night I had most of my tabs open again. So when it was time to get up, I felt terrible. I spent some of my wakeful moments sorting out accommodation for the next four nights. At Pesaro, where we enjoy staying, Baia Flaminia was full tonight, so we are staying near Imola of…

  • An ‘Interesting’ Day

    552km – somewhere near Asti. East of Turin. The night passed comfortably enough at the Riom Campanile. I involved myself in some inner deliberation as to whether to spend the morning in amongst the volcanoes. But decided it was better to keep travelling. H had a very short wander and we were on our way.…

  • RIP – ERII… Total Total Pride

    Riom, near Clermont Ferrand . 562km The total pride good news for starters… Many congratulations to Ali – now Head of Banking at Field Seymour Parkes. Very proud mother and father here. (Proud of all our family ) I was sad to hear of the death of our monarch. Well… not so much sad because…

  • Today and at Le But

    Well – I had the most comfortable bed ever at Ouistreham Ibis, but didn’t sleep that well. Probably something to do with dozing through most of the crossing. And a stuffed up nose. T surfaced ( can’t call it waking up) in a foul mood. I’m not going to brekkie etc etc. But he did…

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  • Departure

    There was another very vigorous storm as we headed for bed last night. Lots of flashes and clashes and some very heavy rain. Predictably, the night passed in a certain restlessness until daylight arrived and I could get up. I thought I just had our two wheelie bags to get into the car, but other…

  • Getting ready

    The storm was very vigorous last night. I love a good storm! Unfortunately, I fell asleep, as did H and T. So I missed most of the fun. Apparently there was a lightning strike 3 km away. More storms may arrive tonight. Another sort of interrupted night which meant an early brekkie. Only the cupboard…

  • Un-Birthday Sunday

    I had a lousy night – awake and restless at some silly o’clock. Tea at about 04.30 and then complete failure to reconnect with sleep. I gave up and spent the better part of the next half hour plus, sorting out our various medicines and boxing T’s up into daily doses in compartmented containers. Then…

  • Farewell my lovely

    Yes… farewell to our most lovely friend Rahila. Wife of Farooq , contemporary of T and other friends of ours at Cambridge – 1963-1967 I think. T and these friends looked after Farouq at university and towed him around on the backof a tandem. Theirs was an arranged marriage … I think, an enduring and…

  • Late Deliveries … waiting

    Another night when I awoke at some really silly o’clock. And wallowed in and out of deep drifts of sleep thereafter. Until it was time to get both of us going. I think our first hit / hot drink was around 05.00 . In the dark these days. It was the bin men that finally…

  • RIP Bill

    Very sad to hear today of the death of Bill Turnbull. (Stud muffin to me). He was an amazing presenter on the BBC Breakfast Show. He was wise and knowledgeable and funny and I derived so much pleasure from watching him with Sian Williams, (co-presenter) Chris Hollins (sport) and Carol Kirkwood (weather) – the Dream…

  • Look who popped up!

    Boy … did I sleep well, despite nursing my bothersome collection of strained buttock and strange cramps. My nocturnal visit to the loo was a reminder of my torture. You But, I know that movement helps movement so I did a bit of gentle flexing and then returned to bed to nurse the sore parts.…

  • Cheeky!

    I slept very comfortably at the Airport Hilton, despite various ains and paches. H, apparently, declined to join Steph and her menagerie upstairs and remained downstairs. Steph walked her this morning before we picked her up which was very helpful. My right buttock ( probably glute) strain has turned into something very peculiar giving me…

  • Party Time

    Dave-id is the most wonderful host. He had laid on a lavish spread at The Pig for us, wider family and old friends and some local ones. The Pig is one of my top places. Did we get lost finding it? Not a lot. Just a bit. The space we were given was the independent…

  • Happy Birthday Dave!

    50 years old! That is a half century! I slept a very good sleep at Two Bridges Hotel. Maybe the fact that I was on a flat mattress had something to do with it. It was two single beds pushed together which is 20cmm wider than our current arrangement. That is what I have decided…

  • Applebrook and Two Bridges

    Unconnected as they are… Apart from being in Devon. Applebrook is named after the orchard and the stream upon which the Roberts’ new home is now located. Pretty name. Two Bridges is the hotel where we are staying tonight. Can’t think how it got its name. A good sleep, waking early enough to pack ourselves…

  • Very Lazy Day

    I slept very nicely until it was time to prise open my eyes to emerging daylight and a flex followed by a hot drink. That was all very nice. Only I fell asleep again, to wake up at around 09.00. Glory be! I then made a mess of both Wordle (unusual) and Quordle (not unusual).…

  • International Dog Day

    I didn’t know there was such a thing. But it is today, apparently. It is evening now so a bit late to celebrate. I don’t suppose our international dog will be that bothered. I had another very disturbed night. Far too many brain tabs open. T just sleeps through it all. He cooperated well this…

  • Full House

    Had a lovely full sleep for once – not too many open brain tabs. Both dogs joined in my deep sleep and all was very peaceful. I had a brief wakeful moment when it was still dark. I thought I could hear rain, but told myself not to be so silly. It does not rain…

  • Happy Independence Day to all Ukranians

    Ukranians – 31 years since you declared your independence and old Putrid is trying to get you back within the fold. May your resistance succeed. A faintly disturbed night, awaking at some silly o’clock , and staying awake. The day dawned with bluish skies, scattered with a few white blobby things. The Illis are in…

  • The Day that went missing

    A reasonable night with minor interruptions and a 07.00 wake up. Again, when the day greeted my eyes, I felt incredibly sleepy, as though I had been disturbed unfairly. No urgency today, just take H out and then maybe a trip to John Lewis in High Wycombe as part of bed research. Planning to buy…

  • Nice Day

    A bit of an up and downer of a night, I wonder what I had to eat before bedtime. I always managed to get back to sleep, but when I finally woke up, I felt really exhausted. My eyes and limbs were figuratively as well as literally heavy. Since I awoke around 07.00, it was…

  • Non Day

    After yesterday’s gallivanting around the Berkshire countryside, I was quite glad to have a non-day. Sleep was disturbed in the early hours as I waited for a sensible hour and daylight. This latter arrives much later now. Of course I dozed off again before either arrived. I am often able to complete Wordle; Waffle and…

  • Ever Increasing Circles

    Round and round we went. In an attempt to find Newbury. It was not at all straight forward! ;(( I awoke, not feeling that great, with a low grade yummy ache, but comforted in the knowledge that there were no pressing engagements to get up for. No need to nag T into action. Then I…

  • Wardrobe

    It needed sorting. So I sorted it! The night had another of those holes in it where I was awake for a while. And then I fell asleep again and awoke quite late. Well, around 07.00. Usual routine procedure on a day care day is to start nagging T to get up around 07.30. We…

  • Frankie Confounds us All

    A Level results day today. Frankie will get hers. She was at school on a certain Thursday 19th March 2020, working on an Art GCSE practical exam, when, along with her contemporaries, she was told not to go back to school the next day. Or for the forseeable future, which became 6 months. Mixing with…

  • Heidi and the Rabbit

    I had a rather disturbed night but managed to sleep between the interruptions. I was up at the usual 05.00 only to fall asleep again until well after 09.00. H and I eventually made it to Gatehampton for our walk which was very lovely. It is a while since we have been there. Probably because…

  • Just the right sort of Rain!

    What a lovely night! At least it was, once I could breathe, and had opened all the windows that T closed whilst I was in bed ahead of him. Earlier in the night. I was awake at a rather silly time, which allowed me to collect my thoughts, and flex as daylight drew near. A…

  • It was all Lies

    The rain did not happen – wishful thinking or porky pies at the Met Office. The forecasters have been shunting the rain forward timewise for a couple of days now, and finally shoved it out of the way altogether. It was not substantially cooler either – being around 30C. But tomorrow looks intermittently damp. It…

  • Another Early One

    It was another good night, awaking before 05.00, when it was still very dark. Since the temperature was scheduled to rise from 20C at 08.00 to 27C at 09.00, another early walk beckoned. I had time to flex before setting off for Wallingfod and the lower meadows on the other side of the river. One…

  • Less Knackered

    What … another good sleep! And another hot day lay ahead… that meant another early walk. Not quite so early, because I was not awake in time. After a bit of flexing, H and I drove to Little Wittenham, where cars were already parked up and empty of occupants. I expect they were mostly the…

  • Still knackered

    I knew I was going to fall asleep on the sofa. So it didn’t come as a surprise when I did. Or when I surfaced at around 22.30 and crawled off to bed. Waking up at around 06.30 had a novelty value for me. A little physical recovery had taken place, aches and pains, yes,…

  • Footpath to Somewhere

    Up a Clump and back – no less – and just caught the sun rising over the Ridgeway in the distance. More magical misty whispy drifts floated across the fields below us – a gossamer shroud pretending to be hazy waters of hidden promise. I passed a person with a dog – just the two…

  • Footpath to Nowhere

    Thank you to Chris for being masterful with WordPress and helping it to conform with my expectations. I couldn’t sleep last night – I was just too hot. And sticky. Should have bashed the problem on the head and taken a cold shower. By 02.30 things had cooked or even cooled down to around 14C,…

  • Gloomy and Doomy

    Thats the cost of energy outlook for the coming months. Over £4000 per year for the average household, which is outrageous. Boris is hiding in some hidey hole saying it is up to the next PM to sort it. I can see the sense in that, but I do not understand how Jo Public will…

  • Very Difficult

    Accessing WordPress is becoming increasingly difficult. I don’t remember how many times I hit the button today, but it was an awful lot. My sleep was very deep apart from waling, or even waking, at 05.00, as usual. The nights are noticeably stretching out in both directions: darker earlier in the evenings and lighter later…

  • Shady Walk

    I still keep receiving wedding pics. They pop up here there and everywhere. this one arrived from Keiko, Yoko’s mother, and carver of water melons. I slept well, awoke, flexed until I fell asleep again, forgetting to stop the workout. That has helped move my rings on! I had given us an early brekkie before…

  • Hugs – dangers and benefits

    It is so nice to have our doggy back again. She is not a very huggy doggy, ( her choice) more a tickle my tummy doggy. H does not like close up face to face stuff. I hate creepy tickles. Hugs can be just the job depending upon who is dishing them out. Upon waking…

  • Normal Service Resumes

    After yesterday’s grumps, T woke up relatively alert and in a reasonable mood. A bit like me really. He even dug himself out of his pit and into the shower without too much nagging . Ahead of me! Although I’m not quite sure why he chose swim shorts to wear for his day out at…

  • Missing Keys

    A very good night in bed, despite the fact that I had slept long during the day. Unfortunately T awoke in a grump and I could tell that it was going to be one of those days. He really was not with it. Zora and Co were due to arrive to wave their magic wands…

  • Home Sweet Home

    Premier Inn Despite going to bed in the early hours, and despite thick blackout curtains, I was still awake around 05.00. I drifted in and out of sleep over the next couple of hours before starting the long nag to get T up. This room was on also floor 10, as it was before we…

  • Time to go

    I had a terrible sleep . Up and down from the loo and my brian was also busy ; probably thinking about our imminent departure. I was sad to be leaving. We had a really enjoyable and quite busy time. I could have done with a bit less of the heat, but it just served…

  • Clan Take Over

    Well – what a sleep! More or less from yesterday, after our meal out, to this morning, with a short interval to hear the Lionesses win the Euros. I even missed sunrise for the first time since being here. T got up early, no nagging, no desire to shower. He just decided to stay dirty…

  • Recovery

    Despite going to bed around 02.30, I still woke up around 05.00. Albeit briefly. I dozed off again before picking up the nagging process to get T up for brekkie. Living with someone who requires constant reminders/ nags is very stressful because it leads to constant uncertainty and nothing, absolutely nothing, is straight forward. No…

  • Recognition

    Wedding report will prob be a separate post or tomorrow. It is going to be a late night. I was recognized as a swimmer. By a serious swimmer. One who swims a long way in the sea. He paid me compliments! After my 10 lengths or so and said he could tell from my breathing…

  • THE Wedding

    Anastasios Mavroudis, our nephew, married Yoko Ishyama today. 30/7/22 It was quite an uphill slight slog from our hotel to the church. I got mildly overheated – as if it wasn’t hot enough anyway around 19.30. Another wedding was just concluding as we arrived. Rupert trying to sort out Vangeli who couldn’t find the bride…

  • The Gathering of the Clans / Weddingbreak 2

    Today, everyone has gathered together for Rupert and Yoko’s big day tomorrow. I awoke at the usual 05.00 ish, just as daylight was trying to peep in through the curtains . Unlike yesterday, T is not finding it easy to get up today. He has managed to pull the shower alarm, so Reception rang to…

  • Wedding break1

    Well, despite the hotel bed being the most comfortable ever, I managed to sleep badly. Partly excitement I think, and partly due to wanting to see everything in daylight, just in case it was as good as it seemed in the dark. I was not wrong, the view just after sunrise offered serenity and depth…

  • 23.30…01.30 Mati

    A bit of a long day which ever time you are on. Its that time now… A good sleep in the Premier Inn and down to brekkie at 09.00. And it was a very good brekkie too. A buffet with lots of choice and regularly replenished. Then off over the road to the North Terminal…

  • Hotels

    Today dawned grey and fairly miserable. I felt very miserable as I greeted little H with our usual morning exchange. She didn’t know, and I did, that she was going on holiday today to her own luxury hotel. I will miss her so much. And I know she will miss us. There was no sweet…

  • All over the place today

    Another early wake up but at least I had made up for the previous night during Sunday. I had a fair bit to do today so it was good that T was fairly compliant about getting up. I had Lena to get to English only it was all a bit more complex today. Timur had…

  • Busy night

    It was a wasted night. We had watched a quite watchable film called the Queen Bees or similar. About a group of ladies living in a community for people over a certain age. A story about the reluctant resident changing her mind and the mean one becoming good. You get the idea… For some reason…

  • Symbolic

    The sun, right hand bottom corner and the arrow pointing to Gavdos ( it disappeared when I removed the masking tape)all need work. For those of you who know our corner of Crete, what symbolism can you spot? I had a really good sleep on the slope until some silly o’clock when I awoke and…

  • In the Cooler Air

    It is such a relief to feel cool again. I slept really really well between the sofa and the bed. I even had cold fingers when I woke up this morning. The window beside me had been wide open all night which is probably why. Despite that, nobody seemed to want to enter and burgle…

  • Out to tea

    A good sleep on the slope. No rain, worthy of mention, fell yesterday evening, which was very disappointing. I flexed, arose, donned some garments and made an urgent trip to little Tesco in Cholsey, where I stocked up on cleaning solutions, in preparation for the arrival of the clean team. I took H with me…

  • Anyone for strawberries?

    Last night was not good. The Great Heat had lingered on despite the evening cooling down, and a sprinkling by few drops of rain. I sat out in it, enjoying the wet drops on my sticky skin. But it only lasted a minute or two . The evening became a bit of a battle with…

  • Great Heat Day 2

    It has been hot. Very hot. Very very hot. 40.2C at Heathrow. That is a new UK record. Previous UK temperature records have been broken in at least 29 places today. Despite warnings that the night would be very warm – yes it was – but I had a good sleep until about 03.00 o’clock…

  • A bit too warm

    Day 1 of the Great Heat. Well last night was altogether very pleasant – nothing uncomfortable about it. But as for the day… I had to get H out quite early, to leave me with enough time for the nagging to begin. Nagging T to get up for daycare. It was another beautiful morning –…

  • Birthday Boy buggers everything up

    Not a great day – plants had all been shifted from where I laboured with them yesterday, and also the hose spray gun had been broken, although I did not discover this until later. Cables were wound up; the electric blanket was switched onto heat and all windows closed. That is the polite version. I…

  • Busy Morning

    The Great Heat is inexorably approaching. There is risk to life in the coming days. The warning is a red one. Monday and Tuesday are the deadly days. As I type on this Saturday evening, it is too hot to be outside. However, that was not the case this morning. My sleep was good enough…

  • More Heat on its way

    Today has been another hot day but with a bit of breeze to take the edge of the heat. The forecasters are now talking about 3 days around 40C thru Sunday to Tuesday. The Great Heat is on its way. As I have named it. The sofa held me in its thrall for a while…

  • A lull in the heat

    That’s what the experts said. I’m not sure I noticed a lull. It seems to have been a very hot day where I hid inside for much of it. Worse is still promised for the weekend. The people who know are muttering about 40C. I awoke at the usual time, got myself a hot drink,…

  • More heat, more art

    Another good sleep with my just post-dawn wake up. I knew another early walk would be required in order to give H some reasonably comfortable exercise. It was scheduled to be hot again. I flexed. If I don’t do a little of this, my walk becomes a stagger. At the start, anyway. Then H and…

  • Cloudy Heat

    I slept well until the usual wake up around 05.00. I don’t set an alarm because I seem to have an utterly reliable internal job that sees me wake up around that time. But, if something is really important that requires my presence at an early hour, various alarms and timers are armed with their…

  • Equally hot

    A relatively peaceful night with an 05.00 wake up and plenty of nagging time to get T up for delivery to day care and to pick Lena up for delivery to English lessons. It was forecast to be very hot and the skies were already blue. Once my deliveries were completed, H and I ventured…

  • Very Hot

    A day of nothingness. Just heat. I had a terrible sleep – wakeful and then the early morning was broken by a couple of drift offs. I used a sleep app during the night where some gentle visualisation saw me off for a while. However, after that whinge, I have slept well recently. Maybe it…

  • Flatter

    I slept well apart from being woken up by a stuffy nose. This is not unusual. I usually spray it and that sorts it. The flatter bed probably helped after Istuffed pillows underneath the mattress yesterday. I flexed , peered outside the window to note grey skies. Memo to self: don’t lie around too long,…

  • Busy Morning

    Slept like a log. A wooden one. Flexed and forgot to stop the workout. Fell asleep again until after 07.00. Up quickly now and the long nag started to get T up and out to daycare. The day greeted me with a blue sky and great warmth. I managed to prize T out of bed…

  • Bye Bye Boris

    Almost, but not quite, kicked out of being in charge. He is no longer leader of the Conservative (and Unionist) Party. But is still prime minister . Sadly. Two main decisions lie ahead for Tory MPs. Let Boris act on as PM until a new one is elected. (various views on this and whether he…

  • Turmoil at 10

    Lovely delicious sleep. Final waking up was quite late. Just before 07.00. I flexed, brekkied, tidied and pottered around for a while, clipping and dead heading plants. T decided he was going to get up today and was very lively, compared with yesterday when he did not get up at all. I suspect Day Care…

  • No Art Day

    I slept like a log- on the sofa until some silly hour of the morning and finished off in bed. A brief awakening around 05.00 and later around 07.00. T was not interested in getting up or waking up or doing anything that was not in bed. So H and I ventured out on our…

  • New walk route

    I passed a fair night with a short interruption. I was awake around 05.00 as is usual . Made brekkie, sorted the washing, flexed. All the usual stuff and then started on the long nag to get T up and running. Then it was the usual Monday morning run: collect Lena, drop her in Wallingford,…

  • A Battered Friend

    Another up and downer of a night. Until around 05.00 and then 07.00. T snoozed on. Or maybe, I should say, snored on. All the usual stuff happened until H and I left to trail around Castle Meadows. It was not a very beautiful day at that time of the morning. (09.00) But the day…

  • Damper

    It was another up and downer of a night. Awake around 05.00 but not bouncing to get going. Flexed and fell asleep again which caused my workout to run on. And on. And on a bit more. T was very unlively so, having tidied the car yesterday, it was the turn if the fridge today.…

  • Wet Botty

    It was an up and downer of a night, final full awakening around 05.00 and then trying to sneak a bit more sleep. I needed to keep an eye on the clock, as needs musted get T to Day Care on time. His preparations started early, not requiring much nagging, and so he was ready…

  • In Recovery

    Slept well on the sloping bed. But I’m wondering if the neck and back ache I am suffering relate to the slope. It all starts off wonderfully well and after an hour or two or three. I find myself sliding towards the edge of the bed. And then I have to roll over which is…

  • Long Way Home – (for more than one of us)

    I slept very nicely in the hotel, waking soon after 05.00. I had forgotten to take a USB plug for my charging cables. Cables – yes, I had remembered them, but plug – no. And although this is a modern/ish hotel, it does not have USB sockets. Luckily I had a mobile power pack with…

  • Conveniently Cancelled

    Useful message this morning. I slept well. I had a fair few chores to do this morning because today would be full on. Art, home by 14.00, and then straight off to Devon. its a full three hours from here. We needed to be at Pen’s exhibition by 16.30 and it closes at 18.00. So…

  • Wet!

    It was grey outside when I awoke after a very decent sleep. In fact, it was not long before it started to rain, and rain heavily it did. Puddles all over the roads etc. I had the usual stress of getting T up in time – he has day care, but we needed to pick…

  • Oh Heidi… how beautiful art thou …

    According to several people on our walk…And her head visibly swelled… What a dollop of a day … After yesterday, where a day of doing nothing, turned into a day of being quite busy and sociable, today stayed as nothing. I was awake briefly around 05.00 and then finally, after 07.00. I don’t really know…

  • Magnificent McCartney

    Boy – I ended the day watching his 2 hour set at Glastonbury. McCartney at 80 years old. 2 hours full on. Boy was he amazing, with a little help from Springsteen and Grohl. The fans – a fraction of his age, have clearly had time, in their brief life span so far, to familiarise…

  • The Curious Incident of the Cows in the Daytime

    Nice sleep. When I woke up, I had over two hours to get T up and ready for Daycare. It was only just about long enough. I did all the usual stuff and loaded T into the car and deposited him in Cholsey. Drop and dash is what I call it. Thereafter, H and I…

  • And same old …

    I appear to have had an extremely long sleep – over seven hours, so am I notified. On the sloping bed and all. After a brief essential loo trip, I finally awoke after 07.00. Shock! SHOCK!!! I only had two hours or so to get T up before the cleaners arrived. Two hours wasn’t that…

  • Impressed

    Yes … I am impressed. Someone tried to use my details to make a purchase , but Barclays were on it straight away, within minutes of the attempt. I was impressed. Another good sloping sleep, no headache and an early wake up around 05.00. That gave me time to consider booking a swim. So I…

  • Solstice

    Yes its here again! Downhill from now on. Darker nights. Winter. I can never understand why it is supposed to be the first day of summer. It always seems to herald the end of summer to me. A rather lovely sleep, and I was not awoken by a headache. After some flexing, I took a…

  • Brenda Visits

    I had another decent sleep on the slope. But I was awoken at some silly time by a persistent headache which required paracetamol in the hope of driving it away. i also awoke with most of the aches and pains of yesterday still present. In fact, I felt pretty crap. We had to get going…

  • Father’s Day

    Penny’s gift to T of cheese has slipped down very nicely, or the bits he has eaten have. T doesn’t know it is Father’s Day. I had another reasonable, not very sloping , sleep. Getting up was a bit of a struggle due to extreme achiness and a general below par feeling. Despite it being…

  • 50%

    Evie has finished gym today. Forever. After a commitment of 4 days per week for the last 8/9 years. It finished with a fund raising muddy run for a friend with cancer. I slept very nicely on my lesser sloping bed I had no wish to get up, but there came a point in time…

  • Sweltering (32C)

    Oxford local radio / traffic poses a question to a presenter every morning – Today’s weather in a word? Yesterday’s word was HOT. Today’s was SWELTERING. The presenter was not wrong. But then I knew how it would be. My sliding sleep was particularly delicious and uninterrupted. but I was awake around 05.00 and flexing…

  • Hot One (C27*)

    I slept well on the slippery slope that is my place in the bed. And I got myself and H up early enough to avoid the main heat. Of which there was plenty. I had other commitments later anyway. I chose to walk her along the towpath at the end of Ferry Lane in Cholsey.…

  • Relaxed

    I slept well on the sliding bed- a relief after last night, whilst I sort out the way forward as to how to fix / replace it. I have established things cannot get any worse because the slats are resting on the drawers. I might even find something to give it all a bit of…

  • Collapsing bed

    You read it here first… there is a new Covid wave on the way – just in time to bugger up the summer holidays. Having had Omicron provides no immunity, and this is a variant which is more serious than omicron, attacking the lungs as earlier variants did. Poor old Brenda is still quite poorly…

  • 5 Years on

    It is 5 years since the Grenfell fire, a day when we flew back from Greece over the burning block. Chris had mentioned something about a tower block fire, but I had not really taken it in. I don’t think any of us in Greece realised how serious it was at the start. The holiday…

  • Annoying

    T has excelled himself today. I had a reasonable sleep and made sure I was ready to go for a swim, leaving around 07.00. The pool was busier today but I still ploughed up and down OK. Well… sort of OK. T was predictably still in bed when I returned. Not in a very good…

  • More Active

    A better night, which allowed me to get up without feeling too knackered. It was just before 07.00, so I quickly booked myself in for a swim at Didcot. The Lido should have finished their building and retiling work by now so I might be off there again. This morning Didcot was very pleasant and…

  • Potty Club

    Happy Birthday George – 13 years old now! To finish the rubbish saga from yesterday… the food bin was no longer roadside this morning. I think the food got added to black waste. He must have gone exploring. Doh! I had one of those terrible nights… up and down, up and down. After so many…

  • RUBBISH

    Living with Alzheimer’s … Tomorrow is rubbish day… Tony, can you please put the black bin out by the car? Where is it? In the alleyway.What alleyway? The one down the side of the house. Trundle trundle trundle .. I’ve put the green bin out. NOT THE GREEN BIN!!!! Why Not? Because they won’t collect…

  • Tete a Tete

    Or thick as thieves? T just had to corner the Queen and have a little tête a tète. He introduced her to Heidi and explained she had come from Greece and almost certainly had no corgi DNA. The queen was very polite, feigning interest in T’s well drilled prattling. All this took place at a…

  • Daisies

    I slept well, mostly, though I was awake quite early and feeling lively. Well, I exaggerate. But I was at Streatley Rec with H soon after 06,00, home by 07.00. It was an absolutely stunning morning – blue skies, still, barley corn sunlight, heavy dew. H and I picked our way down to the river,…

  • Musings

    Slept well last night. Morning dawned fairly unpleasant and drizzly after all the rain of yesterday. We were scheduled to return home, check out being at 11.00. We loved the hotel and the comfort it provided and would happily go there again. Not cheap, but fantastic room and high quality cuisine. And as for dogs……

  • Wet spell in Somerset

    I had a slightly tricky night as I felt too hot and couldn’t work out how to open the windows windows. Despite the presence of double glazing, the catches hint that they should open. I resolved the problem by opening our main door to cool me down and then left the lobby doors wide open…

  • Tony and the Stick

    The stick 1… Tony 0 Yes… the stick won! Had a fabulous sleep considering it was a strange bed in a strange place. The day dawned chilly and unpleasant and H and I clambered up the steps to the secret garden so she could make herself more comfy for brekkie. She performed! The bathroom here…

  • Holibobs

    Yes – 3 nights away in a what appears to be very old, and very charming, and quite pricey, hotel. Last night was pretty good except I awoke at a very silly o’clock where the digit 4 figured. I departed the bed to insert some washing to tumble in the dryer. At wicked cost, no…

  • Calmer

    I had a wonderful sleep. Delicious. More or less uninterrupted – and I felt so much better when I woke up than I have recently. The only problem concerned my apple watch which had not charged up. I assumed it had fallen off the magnetic charger, and tried to charge it again, but it lost…

  • Very busy

    More of another ’here, there and everywhere’ sort of day. Busy. Never got a chance to stop anywhere for long enough to relax and snooze. But – I had a really good night’s sleep and felt so much better for it when I woke up – around 06.00, I think. T was going to day…

  • Photos

    Lots of photos today. I seem to have acquired a puppy. One that chews things…. A much better night, thank goodness, though not without its interruptions of strange scrapy noises from somewhere at the end of the bed. Stop imagining things, I told myself. So I stopped and went back to sleep. Then I started…

  • Hairy Shopping

    Still felt completely drained when I awoke this morning. The night had been pretty grim with a long wakeful period. The sky this morning was not a pretty sight. It was the sort of awakening which makes you not want to awaken. But T had to be taken to day care, and, once again, he…

  • Clouds

    Another interrupted night. I’ll blame the left-over beans and veg which had morphed into vegetarian shepherds pie by the time I had dumped mashed potato on top. Today dragged on slowly. Lena was doing housework today and I didn’t want to interrupt her efforts so left her to get on with it. And I think…

  • Knackered

    I awoke feeling tired, again, though I was in a very deep sleep for much of the night. I wriggled my way out of bed and engaged the electric kettle and the toaster. And the black currant jam. T was not very lively, nor was little H. So there was no hurry. Two kind mothers…

  • Lost in Translation

    I was up and down during the night like a yo yo. Probably thanks to all those beans and other veg which formed last night’s evening meal. Thus I felt a bit washed up this morning. I battled to get T up and off to daycare and battled to prepare myself. By the time we…

  • Timur goes to school

    Ali and Dave and F and G arrived in Mauritius about 02.30 our time. A subconscious clock must have awoken me as I was able to track their plane into land. And then go back to sleep. The cleaners, who are now Covid free, were due around 10.00 so it was necessary to arise and…

  • Hygienist amongst other things

    Slept well until about 04.30 and then I was restless. The Illis are now somewhere halfway to Mauritius and will arrive early Thursday at 05.30 Mauritius time. They are 3 hours ahead of us. So it will be 02.30 am here. Today dawned fairly miserable with dribbles of water doing what they do – dribbling…

  • Bisham Abbey

    Terrible night’s sleep . I fell asleep in the early evening on the sofa, made my way to bed soon after 21.00 and was awake at 0100. I had missed a phone call from Ali who is really up against it. They leave for Mauritius very early Weds morning. She has her own work to…

  • Bits and Pieces

    It was a day of this and that and lots of boring domesticity. I had errands to do out and about and also within. Every time I sat down to catch my breath, something cropped up so I was up and out and about again. No peace for the wicked, or the innocent for that…

  • A very long day

    I slept quite well, but was sort of niggled by stuff. I forgot to stop my flex workout. This is becoming a habit. A bad one. I briefly drifted off to sleep again and then got myself up and off to Waitrose. H still seemed knocked out by her escapades of yesterday, not even raising…

  • Oh my Goodness! Where do I begin?

    Spring Fever or what? Heidi…does her own thing. A good sleep; my awakening was preoccupied with exercise and the need to walk H. We were going out for the day and I wanted to walk H before delivering her to the Illis who were doing doggy daycare. H and I had a lovely sort of…

  • Elena and Timur arrive

    A restless night, knowing I had not completed the bean bag, so there was only one thing for it. Get up and sort it. So, at about 04.30, that is what I did. The bits I needed to finish were the closing up of the top and bottom where all the pieces meet, and putting…

  • Should have known better

    The day became busy! I had a rather bad night with a longish period of wakefulness. Not that it really bothered me. I just let it all wash over me. Hanging over me was the need to get H to the vet for 09.50 and for a walk before that. All sorts of chores were…

  • Mini Emergency

    A good sleep again. Usual sort of 05.00 awakening and success with Quordle for a change. The other two usually allow success but quordle…well… it gives as good as it gets. I received a ’help’ call from Ali. Dave was leaving for Germany, but the small car had a flat tyre, and, as a result,…

  • Art… Maori …Tatto … Hot

    I don’t think I have a future career as a tattooist. Today was the hottest day of the year. A good night passed and I was up around 05.00 as usual. Well… I exaggerate, I was a bit active but not very up. I can never really get going, despite some waggling, until I have…

  • Sociable

    I had a good sleep but needed to get going early because I had to get T to his new Social Club by 10.00. That meant starting preparations (nagging) at 08.00. I’m not sure he could remember from Friday but he was quite compliant and ready in time. H had to wait for her walk…

  • Firing Squad

    GOOD LUCK to Frankie and Evie who start their A Levels and GCSEs today. I went to bed very late after the Eurovision debacle.  It’s all been computerised since I last watched it way back in the Fark Agrs. Or Dark Ages.  I must admit to liking Ukraine’s song, and also the UK one which…

  • Sort of …

    The Day seems to gave gone on so long that I have forgotten how it started. But I do know it has been very warm and sunny. I was awake late – after 07.00. And in no hurry to do anything much. So it was the usual wordling, quordling and waffling and exchange texts that…

  • Social Club

    Fabulous sleep last night. A brief interruption and then straight back to sleep. Flexing, brekkie, shower etc, all done. Even T arose sensibly and in time for me to get him to his new ‘social club’ for a day out. ( Aka day care) He wandered in quite happily and chatted away to goodness knows…

  • Knackerdom

    Slept well. Up late. Well it was after 07.00 though I did surface around 06.00 but not for long. Last night, as they were making a cup of tea, after the riotous night out, Pen pointed out our milk was past its use by date ( 8 May). Just by a few days! That was…

  • RAIN / STINKS – its all going on –

    And then there is me – going potty! A day of T up and about is more than enough! The sleep was reasonably good though the night was more chilly than of late. I knew tomorrow was going to be busy with lots of small commitments taking place. After some flexing, I showered and headed…

  • Arting

    The night was alright but not amazing. I was awake at some silly o’clock again. (03.15) It rather serves me right, because drinking 2 litres of water during the evening is not very sensible. I did drift in and out of sleep until it was time to leave my bed for the day ahead. I…

  • Another Paw Shower

    A reasonable night with an early awakening and some exercise etc and then I fell asleep again. This is beginning to become a bit of a pattern. I’m not really sure what I did in the morning, but T did get up at a reasonable time.. I spent more time on the dreaded attendance allowance…

  • Paw Shower

    I had quite a decent night’s sleep; did early brekkie and exercise and went back to sleep again. Oops- I forgot I also sorted out the clothes washing and the dish washer! I awoke later, in response to a phone call. And then I stayed awake. For the rest of the day. Even. My morning…

  • Funny Old Day

    It’s been an annoying one – T has been in determined mode. Determined to do irritating things. I had another terrible night’s sleep, so I more or less gave up and made a long list of notes to do with filling in the Attendance Allowance form. There are pages of it. And pages. Help will…

  • Booster Jab (4)

    Another night with disturbances, but a better sleep than some I have experienced recently. There were bits and pieces about the elections that punctuated the disturbances, when I allowed them to. Nowadays it is nearly impossible for anything to penetrate my nighttime defences. My cunning gardening plans which involve buying only a few plants at…

  • Dry Sandford Pit

    It is a nature reserve. Quite an interesting one. Another torrid, fairly sleepless night. In the early hours, sleep fled and was replaced by busy brain syndrome which persisted until daylight arrived. It was a grey daylight, though the sun is to be congratulated on later shoving the clouds out of the way. I had…

  • Heidi Goes Swimming

    A so so night’s sleep with a bit of early disturbance after which I dozed off again. After a while, I dosed both of us up with tea and coffee and brekkie. And T cooperated and we were soon ready to be off and out. Millets Farm emporium, garden centre , foody shop, hawkery, animal…

  • To Oz and Back

    I slept very well! No Gordon Ramsay and broken down cars. But I was up and active around 05.00 because I had lots to do because today is the day Art resumes. So I poured liquid into both of us and early brekkie into T. I waggled my legs and then took H on a…

  • People in the wrong places

    I vote to abolish bank holidays. Today is a bank holiday. And this lot, pictured below, have at least apologised for disturbing my peace. However, I have not taken kindly to one of their children deliberately blowing a life jacket whistle (except its not a life jacket) at Heidi. Buoyancy Aid- I think that is…

  • Big Brown Bull nearly meets Dead Bunny

    I slept really well and awoke in daylight. I flexed and fed us both and contemplated the day ahead. You may have noticed that I am quite good at contemplating a day to come. Lying around was not going to be of much use, so H and I went walkies at Castle Meadows and down…

  • Where is the Little White Dog?

    I had a very good sleep and awoke to brightish daylight. Eleanor appeared a few moments later to join me over a hot drink. And weetabix – for her. T appeared to muddy the waters trying to show he was doing something useful which was actually nothing at all. Well, he tunefully sang Happy Birthday…

  • Bluebells!

    I had a good night, apart from a short interruption, that finally brought me to my senses after 07.00. Outside, it was dull and uninviting and not very warm. Eleanor appeared around the same time, so we carried on the usual early chit chat. And then considered the rest of the day. E decided she…

  • Coffee and Chocolate Cake

    What a sleep! It was daylight when I woke up! Since it was daylight, guilt caused me to get myself up and investigate the household . I concluded that Eleanor was either not up, or was out and about with Kally. There were no clues, short of waking them if they were asleep so I…

  • Art Exhibition

    Another not very good night’s sleep with a period of wakefulness. Eleanor informed she had enjoyed a good night when we eventually collided in the morning for a coffee and some brekkie. T remained in bed. E disappeared for a long walk to Streatley and back which would gave taken me all morning, but which…

  • Eleanor comes to stay

    Another wakeful night during the early hours. I trawled the internet and carried out some research, doing some shopping. Did some flexing, fed T and then fell asleep again until a more reasonable time. It was a toss up – should I walk H first and then shop? Or work it the other way round?…

  • Humdrum

    A horrid night where I had a sleepless interlude in the early hours and fell asleep again after some flexing and an early brekkie. Then I awoke with a bang around 10.00. I felt as though I had come round after a dose of anaesthesia. Next up – it was a question of wondering if…

  • Καλω Πασχα

    Happy Orthodox Greek Easter to all our friends and relatives out there. I had a good sleep, awaking at the usual stupidly early sort of time. And then I did all the usual sorts of things. Flexing/ feeding etc. The day looked as though it might gift us with some sunshine at some point. Then…

  • Working Saturday

    I was awake in the night as the Roberts family landed on their return from Cephallonia. And later, again, as they arrived back in Devon. I have vague memories of making T a midnight sandwich to stop him rifling his way through the kitchen. Perhaps it was a dream. But apart from those interruptions, it…

  • Silly Twit

    Yes I was very silly this afternoon when I couldn’t charge up my phone. I got myself in a right old panic. I thought the phone or its battery was dying, and all the ensuing implications overwhelmed me briefly. My two regularly-used Apple charging cables appeared to have bare wires or be worn where the…

  • Beads to Beans

    Another very quiet night and a good sleep. The doggies are so quiet at night … gone are the days when they would wake up to play. A little exercise for me, and I then threw some clothes on and we left the house just as the sun was rising – a big red orb…

  • Perfect Night

    What a difference compared with yesterday ! I had a really good sleep, waking up at around 05.30, ready for some flexing, after which I fell asleep again until about 07.00. Because it was to be a technical and creative day, I needed to get the dogs out early so the walk would not be…

  • Dreadful Night

    Don’t ask me why the night was so bad, but bad it certainly was. I just could not get to sleep for some reason or other. I spent a chunk of the night catching up on ’The Split.’ As a result, the day has seemed a bit ‘foggy.’ Or my brain has. I was off…

  • Bank Holiday Monday – Refugees stuck in Lutsk

    Our refugees did not travel to Lviv today due to the activity of Russian missiles. Several sites in Lviv were hit . I just hope they are not too late to make that trip. In Lutsk, where they are, the sirens have been going off every two hours. The day dawned rather unfriendly in as…

  • Charlie leaves Crete. Our Refugee Family start their Journey.

    I slept late, in fact it was a bit of an oversleep. Too late to be bothered with a swim. Bit of a struggle levering myself out of bed. However I attended to the usual routines and contemplated the day ahead. It is Charlie’s last day on Crete. A nice man (well, I expect he…

  • Today is the day that was

    Yes! A lot happened! Nice sleep – Waking around 05.00 whilst I contemplated the day ahead. I decided to be ultra organised. I would find the time to take H fir a quick early walk; go swimming; visit Sainsburys; relax for a bit; take H out for another walk; prepare an evening meal for us…

  • The Day that never was

    I awoke at the usual sort of time after the usual sort of night. And I did the usual sorts of things before showering. I hadn’t actually got as far as the shower when Oskar and Ruben arrived to redo the shed roof. They lifted the felt off the previous roof, laid down a nice…

  • A Day of Mixed Emotions

    After going to bed very late last night, I did sleep a while, and was still awake again around 05.00. There was really no excuse not to go for a swim, so I squeezed into my costume and off I went. The countryside was beautiful and the sun was rising over nearby hills. It was…

  • Idle

    It has been a very dissatisfactory day – I have done nothing much and T has done even less, sleeping most of the day. This is not good for him and I am wondering if it is a side effect of the memantine. A good sleep for me and a bit of early exercise and…

  • I don’t know where to begin

    The day has been such a seesaw – a roller coaster of emotions … from great news, but with complications, to the trough of dreadful disappointment and then to a sort of rational plateau into reality. It is all a state of flux. I slept nicely until around 05.00. Then I lay awake contemplating driving…

  • Spirit was willing

    A good, solid night asleep, until about 04.30. Then the spirit was quite willing and considering an early swim. But the flesh was not quite on task; and eventually the spirit fell asleep again, waking much later. By then the flesh was more willing and brekkie etc was made. I had a text from Pen…

  • In a different way

    Yes … busy but in a different way. And I started quite early. Thank goodness I enjoyed another good night’s sleep, after the two really bad ones. But then after my taxiing, I was in bed rather later than usual. Well after midders. I first awoke around the usual 5.30 ish. But I drifted off…

  • Didn’t stop all day

    After my night out on the village, I slept extremely well for the first time in two nights. And I awoke at some very unseemly time, around 07.00. A series of notifications were lying in wait for me to tell me that Chris, in Crete, had already walked over 4 km, cycled over 17km and…

  • Moats and Baby Bunnies

    I didn’t sleep that well agIn, but better than yesterday. I was up and getting brekkie amongst other chores and activity at the usual sort of time. And then I promptly fell asleep again. T is continuing his close relationship with the bed. However, I did manage to separate him from his favourite companion for…

  • Battered 🍃💨🍃💨

    I had the most terrible night’s sleep. I just couldn’t get myself into it – all that was on my mind was what was going on in Ukraine and Ali’s refugees. Will they? Won’t they? Are they alright? etc And then I got into detest Putin mode. Eventually I fell asleep… for a few minutes,…

  • Lido Lunch

    I awoke without really wanting to be awake. Coffee was on the menu but the cupboards have become a bit sparse, again. Brekkie was a bit thin on the ground. T did not eat his toast anyway. However, I did hear him fiddling in the kitchen during the night. Yesterday evening he did not eat…

  • Last Art until May

    Quite a good night, but I always end up overthinking when I have things to get up for. On a Tuesday, I have to take H for a quick run before leaving for Abingdon. I have missed the last two weeks thanks to Covid. H and I went for a wander down at Streatley Meadows.…

  • Wonky Jars

    The night was a bit up and down but I slept well in between. I was up quite briskly though the day was very uninviting. Grey and rainy. I spent some time unsuccessfully working on the jars’ painting. The paint didn’t really do what I wanted it too, and the jars certainly did not behave…

  • Active – a bit

    I was awake around 05.00 and contemplating a swim . The clock ticked away whilst I stayed awake and carried out the usual early routines. I was soon squeezed into my swimming costume and dry robe and ready to depart for the Lido just before 07.00. However, I had not taken into account the very…

  • Interrupted

    Yes, the night was definitely interrupted. In fact, it started with an interruption that Just would not give up. I eventually fell asleep. After a quick bit of flexing, I had to collect Fleur at 07.45 to get her to school, early, for a music lesson. The new car starts with barely a murmur when…

  • Late awakening

    It gets worse and worse … awoke at 0645 after nearly 7 uninterrupted hours of sleep. I was a bit groggy when I awoke. But then I performed the usual rituals. I also retested T who was still Covid positive. I remained negative. I had various chores to do, which included finding the Miele and…

  • Out Earlier

    I had another very nice sleep. And it was around 06.00 when I awoke – obviously I am still on the winter clock. I haven’t really noticed this happen in previous years, or maybe I just wake with daylight approaching. I arose and made breakfast with the few items that found lurking in the fridge.…

  • Vacant Day

    I had a really good sleep apart from nature calling and interrupting it a couple of times. It was around 06.00 when I awoke, as yesterday, but then that would have been good old 05.00 a few days ago. Brekkie and various chores followed. T was in grumpy mode so I ignored him. At least…

  • Sounds

    … of the day Great night’s sleep waking up at some silly late hour around 06.00. It was still very dark, so I found no particular inclination to arise. When daylight won its little battle over the dark, it was only a partial victory because a thick grey cloud blanketed everything to ground level. I…

  • Today

    Not too much of a rant today. Well a medium sized one towards the end. It has been a lovely warm day, bursting with sunshine, insects buzzing, butterflies dancing. T has been sweetness and light, forgetting nothing. And we were off and out early, enjoying the delights of a late spring, early morning. Mothering Sunday.…

  • Stuck

    This is turning into another tirade. Switch off and go no further! Just clearing my head. Absolutely fed up – stuck with no company other than Alzheimer’s man for another week. Can’t see anyone; can’t go anywhere , other than walk the dog in a wide open space. Then I have this lump of stupidity…

  • Warm Cool Warm

    That’s how the day went, one after the other. My sleep was pretty solid apart from a short interval in the night. Though it did take me a while to drift off after my sofa snooze. I performed the usual early activities whilst taking in the News, as is my wont. Despite T’s positive LFT…

  • Lamb Night

    Two blogs for the price of one. We were staying outside Palaiochora up a steep hill with green fields and stone walls guarding our approach to our favourite Greek town. (first hint of strange goings on) It was a very precipitously steep hill and T had walked well ahead of me and was a dot…

  • Another Beautiful March Day

    The spring of 2020 was like this. Sunny and warm. I slept very well, waking around 06.00, and not returning to sleep. I did a little flexing as well as the usual early activities. H showed little interest in leaving her bed. In fact she showed no interest, not even lifting her head, as I…

  • When things don’t go your way…

    Frustration builds … Had a very good night’s sleep, making up for the last two. But awoke quite late after some early wrestling with the bed covers etc and toes getting stuck amongst the duvet foot opening…and some other general discomfort. The day was looking good, so I reckoned the place to be was down…

  • Deliveries

    A tricky afternoon- T was difficult. I had a terrible night…although the congestion was much better and the snot appears to be drying up. Foggy brain and aches and pains continue but could be a lot worse. However, I awoke around 02.00 but could not settle back to sleep. A piece of toast helped. When…

  • Still Alive

    Just about! Nursing various Covid inflicted ailments. Hopefully they will all go away in a day or two. There are all sorts of chores that beckon , but too many aches and pains. I did sit outside for a while, once the sun had burnt off the frost. Not really a chore! The night was…

  • I‘m a statistic

    Yes… finally… after two years, Covid has come knocking at the door and has pushed its way inside. Great anniversary present. I will no doubt be added to the statistics. T is still negative. I enjoyed a good night’s sleep, buoyed up after a tasty meal at the Lido. I carried out the usual early…

  • Full

    Full up after a lovely meal at the Lido. Tomorrow is our 51st wedding anniversary. Last year, we were in lockdown and celebrated the golden years with a special zoom tea party, organised by Ali and Co. Tomorrow we will celebrate the 70th birthday of someone we do not know. We received two lovely surprises…

  • Comic Relief

    Not a fan. I find it all very tedious. However I can only praise the tireless efforts of the fundraisers for good causes. I don’t actually like some of the presenters much. In particular Alesha Dixon who can’t speak standard English. I’m a real geek in that I like it when people speak using correct…

  • Sore…Wet…Miserable…Chinks

    My ankle started off sore; the day became very wet from mid morning; and it has been a miserable monster of a day. The night passed well, as nights usually do these days. But my ankle, which had been aching yesterday evening turned into an evil incapacity overnight. I was definitely tottering. But I carried…

  • Arty

    Getting up was a very big struggle. I was awake before 06.00, so allowed myself plenty of struggle time. I arose gingerly and made some refreshments to drink as I flexed. I really had to keep ‘on it’ this morning and I set a variety of alarms and timers, lest I slip up and doze…

  • Rather Lazy

    Good sleep, up and doing stuff around 06.00. I needed to stay in until the post arrived which is usually late morning / early afternoon. I had been warned that Heidi’s passport had been posted back to us by Stephanie, a friend of Chris’ who came back to the UK from Crete, last week. Chris…

  • Shattered

    Not sure if it was the late swim or the slightly interrupted night but I’ve felt a bit washed out all day. Getting up was quite a struggle. The daily flex left me feeling weak and wobbly. I took H out to the Rec, trying to distract her from the multitude of attractions. The Pavilion…

  • Ukraine bleeds …

    Ukraine is haemorrhaging … so that the rest of Europe may survive. Who knows what Pootin’s original plan might have been. Ukraine seems to be in its death throes, but maybe the power that drives Russia will have learnt a lesson and be deterred from further ‘special operations.’ All the lives lost … on both…

  • Rather Wet People

    Having gone to bed, and fallen asleep, somewhat early, I was bouncing around at midnight. Well, perhaps that is a bit of an exaggeration. But I did experience a couple of short, wakeful interludes. When I finally awoke, it was a bit late to swim. I found myself embroiled in domestic chores for a short…

  • First Cut

    Today, a combination of waking at a sensible, but early hour, and not having any pressing engagements, meant I could get in to Reading for a swim. It was around 06.00 as I set off for Reading and a fiercely angry sun was fighting to pop up over the surrounding hills. The red hues spread…

  • Grot

    Yes! Grotty – that’s how I felt first thing this morning. Woke up during the night with a bit of a headache which lingered around until I took some Paramol, which did what the packet said it would. Got rid of it. Recovering, I arose and faffed around and eventually got showered etc. I had…

  • Life is a not a Bed of Roses

    I was awake early – well – 05.00. And I had things to attend to. My shoulder had given me pain in the night again and it had been difficult to get comfortable. The sky was bright and blue and the ground was crunchy and white. Having levered myself up, I sorted out T and…

  • Monday – a new week

    I turned into a log again last night with a final wake up that was quite late. Or even very late. Nothing to race to get up for which made brekkie late etc etc I found Anne sitting down the garden in the chilly sunlight and went to join her. It was pleasant enough out…

  • Thwarted!

    An amazing uninterrupted sleep of six hours. Wow! No point in rushing to get up as there were no commitments until 14.30 when we were due to have lunch at the B and W. Apart from walking the dogs. I may have enjoyed a little further relaxation before getting up and sorting out the dish…

  • Bingo

    I slept well but was up good and early because I had baking and other things to organise. We were expecting Neal and Anne to lunch. A little flexing kicked the day into gear. And then Alfreda was out and about in an attempt to make rhubarb crisps. Now I’ve enjoyed rhubarb crisps at refined…

  • Early Swim

    A reasonable sleep left me awake early enough to consider a 06.00 swim. And to get myself to Reading soon after 06.00. Goody, I thought, as I arrived to see only three cars in the car park. One of which was carelessly and selfishly slewed across two parking spaces. But, at that time of the…

  • What a Shit!

    I refer to Sergei Lavrov and all his bluster and denial about civilian deaths in Ukraine. I suspect he knows he is lying. I was awake again around 0.50. I briefly thought about going swimming for about 2 seconds. But the pool facebook media shows there is some rumbling discontent about the water temperature. it…

  • Rain, Rain and More Rain

    The night was good though I felt slightly restless from time to time. I awoke at the usual sort of 05.00. The rain was heavy. H didn’t think much of it. T hibernated and I indulged myself with the News etc. I had a GP phone call to take re T’s medication at 10.30, which…

  • Today went AWOL

    I had a reasonable night awaking quite early which meant my thoughts went in the direction of swimming . So, I got myself up and out around 06.15. The sky had a certain greasy greyness about it, as daylight fought to banish the dark of the night skies. The grey continued throughout the day along…

  • Another Day

    Another great night’s sleep. That helps on days that are not so good. I did awake about 06.00 to do some flexing but fell asleep again until about 08.00. Too late to swim. The skies were already blue and the sun was shining. It was looking good out there. After absorbing the news, I eventually…

  • More Sun

    Ukraine… I did not wake in the night. I awoke in the morning – at 07.00, to be precise. Quite late. Everybody seemed as dead to the world as I was. Getting up took a while. That’s what happens if you have been out on the town. It was scheduled to be a sunny day…

  • Out on the Town

    I had a jolly good sleep, finally waking up rather late. Alzheimer’s update It was then I discovered the chaos caused yesterday evening. We have a bathroom vanity unit which had remained more or less empty since we moved here. I recently decided to stow one or two personal items in there, but they have…

  • Ukraine

    Not a great day for those in Ukraine. Alzheimer’s update Another frustrating (circular) day here. T can’t quite get his head round what is going on in Ukraine. One minute he is full of indignation and is off to fight the Russians. A few minutes later he is asking about it all over again. Next…

  • Heidi gets a shower …

    Her naughtiness … details follow further on. Alzheimer’s Update on a frustrating day. If this is what you call help… So, whilst being verbally assaulted with sarcastic comments, I tipped the airer upside down again and shook it to release the muddled wires, put it back in its socket, sorted out the wires and then…

  • 22/2/22

    It’s Alis birthday today. She is getting on a bit now, since 22/2/76, all the way to all the 2s. They seem to be having a lovely sunny warm time in Nice. That fateful day seems a long time since we went out to eat an Italian meal just as I went into labour, the…

  • Lifting Restrictions

    Boris flies in defiance of scientists and NHS chiefs and succumbs to the right wing of his party. And also to his own desire to hang on to power. All Covid restrictions will be lifted from Thursday. Testing will be reduced and charged for. Starting soon. Reducing testing will leave us exposed to any new…

  • Stormy again but not quite so bad

    A good lump of sleep overwhelmed me. And I awoke around 06.15. I was not tempted to go swimming because I had things to do. The weather was due to deteriorate as the day went on, so walking H needed to be an early job. The Miele also needed a walk around the house, which…

  • Crows and Worm Casts

    I slept very nicely and awoke early enough to contemplate a swim. This became more than a contemplation and turned into a reality. Of course, I had to be at The Lido at 07.00 as opposed to 06.00. Weekend hours etc. So it was daylight as I drove to Reading, dodging the debris that littered…

  • Bracing Day – thx Eunice

    A good sleep and I awoke to unexpected calm. I had been anticipating strong winds and the morning was not turning out as it was supposed to. Travel was being actively discouraged so the furthest I went was to the kitchen. And back again. The BBC News was doing its best to keep storm Eunice…

  • Explosive Cyclogenesis – in anticipation

    Thursday’s post. But is it just BBC reporters hype? At 07.00 on Friday it is a bit breezy and wet. The Beeb has certainly got its knickers in a twist with reporters staked out all over the country. trains are cancelled and some schools are closed. I had a huge lump of sleep which was…

  • Bluster

    WordPress – typing on my phone is really pissing me off. Not only do the letters tumble out in a jumbled jam, but its latest party piece is to delete whatever paragraph I am working on. As it has just done. I had decided to swim again. It had become scarily difficult to get there…

  • Drowned

    I sometimes quite like walking in adverse weather – wind and rain or snow. The sort of weather that chaps your skin but makes you glow as you enter warmth. There is a proviso – protective gear is good. I didn’t have that today. A very nice night’s sleep which ended around 06.00. There was…

  • Welcome to Cherie (aka Cherry)

    Valentine’s Day saw the arrival of our appropriately coloured cherry-red, new little car along with its frills, bells and whistles. First impressions are all good. Especially once I had worked out how to adjust the headrest so my neck was not compressed downwards. My night was quite interrupted. That’s what happens if you drink a…

  • Tasty Morsel!

    Another tricky day due to Alzheimers but good otherwise. I’m deliberately including more details of living with this. Well I slept very nicely until I had to leave my comfy bed for a loo trip. It was after 06.00, so time for a hot drink and brekkie. There was nothing inviting about the day which…

  • Excitements of living with Alzheimer’s

    If I’m really lucky it won’t be contagious. You might want to skip this bit . :-)) It’s been a b….r off / f..k off sort of day. The frequency is increasing. The reason … because I fell into that old trap of asking if it really mattered if one charging cable was wrapped the…

  • Bye Bye travelling friend

    I was awake at the usual early hour. And performed the usual early routines. It was frosty, and therefore cold. I was a bit lazy. Apart from feeding T and emptying the sink into the dishwasher and reading the news etc, I was sluggish. I sent a sharp refusal to yesterday’s time waster telling him…

  • Annoying Day

    A good sleep and a 05.00 wake up. I had things to deal with, though I was alerted by a middle-of-the-night text to the say that our prospective car purchaser wanted to change the appointment time to the afternoon. I didn’t mind that, but his general obsequiousness and the quality of his excuse made me…

  • Biscuits

    I awoke late – unsurprising after my midnight baking shenanigans. But I was quite distressed, that, after all my late night efforts, come the morning, there were far fewer of my biscuits waiting to greet me than I was expecting. T had obviously been up again during the night in his guise as a night-time…

  • Being Artistic

    Oh dear – woke up later than I would have wished at about 07.00 . That meant everything was a bit of a rush because i had to be in Abingdon by 10.00. That compressed H’s short walk into an even shorter walk. I suggested to T that taking her for a walk whilst I…

  • Doing My Head in

    This is about Monday I awoke at around 05.00 after a good night. But by then, my head was fizzing with car jobs that needed attention. Firstly, I made use of the totally wonderful, professional-quality photos that I had taken and used them to advertise my car on Facebook Marketplace. This was at about 06.30.…

  • Very Chilly and Very Windy

    Not an entirely satisfactory night. But it did the job. It was pouring with rain when I awoke this morning. I thought a walk would be impossible, but the longer I left it, the better the weather became. Or so I thought. H did not hang around for long when I first introduced her to…

  • Jolly Hockey Sticks

    I awoke at the usual sort of time and did the usual sorts of things. I wanted to get going quite early in order to watch Fleur play hockey at Wallingford. At 10.15. This meant it would be a sensible idea to walk H first. I half heartedly enquired of T if he would like…

  • Doomy and Gloomy came

    I slept very well in a big lump. I awoke about 05.00 and had a lovely couple of hours to luxuriate and flex. etc. The rain was pouring down which gave me excuse to stay in bed. Some time later, I had showered, and the rain had stopped. The day was brightening up and T…

  • Can Things Get Worse?

    The pincer movement of high inflation and soaring inflation are squeezing people in this country, us included. It must be so hard for so many people. Boris has obviously found a few fleas in his ear over his foul and lying comments about Jimmy Saville and Kier Starmer. He has had no support, except for…

  • Live Another Day

    Today started very nicely. A bit of an up and downer of a night with an eventual quite late wake up. Well – 05.00 and then a doze and waken again at 07.00. I did not hurry once the early routine was done. The day was not particularly alluring, but as H and I set…

  • Tomatoes

    Happy February everybody. Καλω μηνα . Another nice sleep, but I had to get myself up. Tuesday = Art in Abingdon. That means a swift short walk for H before I depart at 09.00. It was a drab old morning, not a frosty one, not an attractive way to start a day. The radio reported…

  • Grey Report

    It was not a grey day all day, because it became a sunny day. I spent another night sleeping well. And, again, was in no hurry to get up. But I did. I bent the knees and other parts of me and injected T with some liquid and then left a bagel for him. I…

  • Another Sun(ny)day

    But not a Bloody one. It is now 50 years since the events of Bloody Sunday. Well I did enjoy another solid sleep, though I awoke quite early, only to doze off again. I did the usual early stuff, and found T was quite lively, which was quite disturbing, but an opportunity not to be…

  • Damp Dog

    A relatively undisturbed night, which was a relief and a nice late wake up. And then I was in no hurry so I wound myself up slowly. It is Saturday, after all. The day was forecast to be cloudy, and it started off that way. But at least the de-icer was not required. The usual…

  • To Yoga or not to Yoga 2

    Another fairly restless night – but then the evening was full of serenity and was somewhat foreshortened. I performed the usual early rituals and then took H out for a walk. It had been a very gloomy start to the day but by the time that H and I got out, the sun had broken…

  • Dirty Car

    After all that clean up effort yesterday ! It didn’t take long, one journey, in fact. Another one of those disturbed nights – up and down and up again. Etc. Once awake, I performed the usual early activities, but with several concerns on my mind. I was due in Reading by 11.00 in order to…

  • Cleaner Car

    It was another up and downer of a night. Quite interrupted with a 05.00 wake up. and some knee flexing followed. I was restless, but hanging over me was the thought of having to clear out the whole car – pockets, storage compartments, everything. This was so that it could have a thorough valeting and…

  • Near Miss! Almost a direct hit!

    I was up and out with H uncharacteristically early today, and in the dark. It was cold but not quite frosty. My head torch illuminated the way but it was tricky to pick out H in the spacious Rec. The illuminated old folks home did not help much either. But the greylight soon arrived –…

  • Baby tributes

    I was up and down again during the night, eventually waking later than I would have wished. T is in stay-in -bed mode again which is a bit worrying as it’s been going on a while. The upside of all this is getting peace and the mornings largely to myself . I hen he is…

  • Number 2 turns 16

    Happy Birthday to Evie Lola – 16 today. Our Second grandchild. From this … With a few in between… There was not too much wrong with the night apart from needing to visit the loo an unnecessary number of times. I awoke late – about 07.00. Later than I like. It was yet another gloomy…

  • Wot…. No Bread!?

    It was a good night though I awoke at some silly o’clock and stayed awake. However, I made up for that later today and performed a bit of catch up. I flexed and looked in vain for some brekkie for T. Since the cupboard was bare of brekkie items, I took a quick shower and…

  • Not Sunny

    This is post for Friday- forgot yo publish it… It was -4C this morning when I woke up around 07.00. I had a terrible time getting to sleep last night. No idea why, but I was still awake at 02.00. The morning had dawned gloomy and very frosty. No sun today but at least it…

  • Sunny Again

    Another good night with quite an early wake up which allowed my brain to do a little overtime. And flexing and brekkie stuff followed. There was no fog, for once but plenty of ice and the car took a little while to clear itself. We had to get ourselves up because the cleaners were expected.…

  • Fun Day

    In Parliament. I slept like a log without interruption until around 05.00. Thereafter I dozed and flexed and contemplated the day ahead. H and I wandered out to Gatehampton for a walk. Gatehampton is still not exactly welcoming at the moment. It was a dull morning, not as chilly as recent ones, and I had…

  • Arty Farty

    Another reasonable night but with quite an early start. No time for a swim because I needed to get H out for a short walk before leaving for my Art Class in Abingdon. The morning was pretty awful, with heavy frost and lots of foggy stuff floating around. It actually all got much worse as…

  • Blue Monday

    Apparently Blue Monday often falls on the 3rd Monday in January. Or maybe on the 2nd or 4th Monday in January. Or any Monday in January. And it’s being blue is based on nothing scientific. Just an idea in someone’s bored brain. What a load of nonsense! Anyway Blue Monday started quite well because I…

  • Late Lunch out

    Another good and restful night was passed. I was in no hurry to arise as there was no need. H was in no hurry to arise either. So I gave T brekkie and exercised the knees and then set off with H, to walk Streatley tow path for a while. It’s a fairly mud free…

  • The Day passed swimmingly

    I slept like a log today, waking at a fairly sensible 07.00. The plan was to go swimming at around 08.45,and meeting Dave and G at the pool, but travelling separately. They had commitments in Reading after the swim watching F play hockey. But… like all the best laid plans… this didn’t go ‘according to’…

  • A Day without Signal

    We have been out for most of the day, we became repeatedly lost, had a great lunch and get together, but without signal or wifi. The day started slowly, as I struggled to make sense of it in my half wakeful, mainly asleep condition. It dawned on me that I needed to get going as…

  • Chilly but Sunny

    I slept VERY badly – or rather- I just could not get to sleep. I have no idea why. Unusual, these days. So with all the nocturnal wanderings, I fell asleep late and awoke late. That knocked a swim on the head. The garden appeared to have turned silver overnight which puzzled me a bit…

  • Overslept Again

    I think I awoke around 08.00. But I had not been idle during the night- I switched my watch on to do a flexing workout but found I had already been doing one for about four hours. “Well that’s an easy way to rack up your kj, “ I thought. “Flexing whilst asleep is clearly…

  • Art Course and Muddy wash

    Good sleep followed by lots to do this morning. So flexing done and I was up and showered and off and out with H for a quick walk to the Rec. It was dismal and grey and damp early and so it continued for the rest of the day. Except that it also rained, later…

  • Slabs down!

    I slept like a log … and finally awoke around 06.30. Yesterday my watch recorded over 12 hours’ sleep – I’m sure it is mistaken. I flexed and then awaited the arrival of the boys. Apparently the old fart of yesterday hadn’t treated them too badly; he had obviously saved himself up for us. Us…

  • Stupidity Personified

    “Don’t let them get to you otherwise you are giving them your energy… and they win,” said Ali. Wise words. I was awake at a silly o’clock again. But I was asleep again quickly. And finally awoke, after earlier flexing, at around 08.00 which is late. I got myself going because I knew Oscar was…

  • Soaked again

    Awake at some stupid time again whereafter my sleep came and went. By 05.00, I had had enough and performed a little flexing. I contemplated a swim. But it was raining and chilly. However, there was not much else to do at that time of day so I took the plunge and prepared myself for…

  • The World is Mine

    The day started too early but greatly good. Or goodly great. Another lovely walk with potential for further exploration, and, fantastic views. The night was a bit disturbed and I awoke at some silly o’clock. Yesterday, Oscar had warned me of delivery of a skip, at around 08.00, but possibly earlier. So I was up…

  • In the Chiller

    I slept well. With only a minor disturbance or two, and to be woken up to ice. Lots of it. Definitely a chilly one, I thought. Upon inspecting the back garden, I saw some pretty crystals had formed on the fence and on the dirty dog towel that hung outside. The sky was clear though…

  • More Mud !

    Seven hours, forty minutes sleep before I finally arose. One or two minor interruptions in between dozes. Bang on! During one of my brief interruptions, at 05.40, I briefly contemplated going for a swim. But it was a very fleeting contemplation and I fell asleep again before I had finished contemplating. It was nearly 08.00…

  • A day of two parts

    Very contrasting parts …very wet, very dark and hopeless, then gloriously sunny. 6C at 05.40 and 2C by early afternoon. With a brief snow flurry in the middle. The late presence of such strong bright sun was like a smack in the face. A wonderful smack. There has been very little sun this winter. In…

  • Getting back into routine

    Its a Bank Holiday for some reason or other. We seem to keep having long weekends and weekends of closed shops lying in wait to catch me out. I need normal outi es to pick up again! Nice sleep! Except for waking up around 03.30 and then dozing off again. And then awaking to do…

  • Slow and Easy

    I had a good, solid and long sleep with almost no interruption. Poor old Anne did not have a good sleep as her heavy cold and congestion get worse overnight. This discomfort helped her reach a decision to return home this morning rather than later in the day. It still took us a while to…

  • Καλώ Μήνα

    Or happy first day of the month ( or year, as well, in this case). I awoke late, which is hardly surprising after all the partying of the previous night. I felt tired and didn’t really want to get up at all. But I did. Eventually. T is still in bed and it is 16.30.…

  • New Year’s Eve 2021

    I did sleep nicely but was awake quite early again. But there was not too much to deal with so I did not rush to arise. Minnie and H were quite patient though Minnie dropped a hint or two. I, however, had jobs to do…eg – two loads of washing, one of which was our…

  • Overslept!

    By a long way I overslept! Woke up around the time I was getting out of the pool the day before. But hey… it had been a long day. Yesterday culminated in one of those ‘does it really matter?’ moments. A wound up cable moment. The cables and myself wound up. All of us! I’ve…

  • Mud is not glorious

    I could hear the rain intermittently through the night. It must have been heavy because I never normally hear it. It’s heaviness was confirmed by the reluctance of the dogs to even look through the door I opened for them. ‘Might as well get properly wet,’ I thought to myself, and decided to head out…

  • Quiet

    Today has been very quiet. We are missing the company. Or I am. An early wake up caused me to think whether I should actually get up for a couple of hours, but I drifted off again before such consideration became more serious. Eventually I performed all the usual early tasks. Neither dog seemed to…

  • A New Day

    Christmas morning dawned much like any other but with that heavy feeling still lying on the pit of my stomach. I heard nothing from the family, or anyone else until about 09.15. Quite unusual. In the meantime, I gave T his presents to open. I tried to make it easy for him this year, as…

  • Boxing Busy

    Spoiler alert: This is boring I slept well in between the interruptions to visit the loo. Not just the once as you may have gathered. It is Boxing Day. AKA 26 December, or the day after the day before. I was in no rush to get up and the Roberts had offered to walk H…

  • Worst Ever

    It’s Christmas Eve. And it’s murky and grey again. Yesterday was tediously greyly horrible. Today looks the same. I awoke around, the now usual, 03.00 and managed to fall asleep again until well after 06.00. That allowed me to flex the knees and to pick out the late arrivals from the gift heap and wrap…

  • A Conversation with the Skies

    There is an important birthday today …must not forget. Also …More Novelty in the skies today… I awoke early enough to take myself off to the Lido. It was just before 06.00 when I eventually set off. I had been trying to get away since 05.40. H’s lack of interest when I shoved her outside…

  • A Novelty in the Sky

    Well not quite a novelty more the reappearance of a dormant item. It’s a while since we have seen that fiery yellow blob that controls daily life on our planet. The night didn’t seem to last very long as I awoke at some silly o’clock – around 03.00 I think. Too early. And I lay…

  • Ducks or Squirrels?

    But that was H’s choice. Seemed better than the choice Biros is facing . I think he is faced with a choice between the devil and the deep blue sea. He is doomed if he does (order another lockdown) or doomed if he does not. But for H – she had the choice of pursuing…

  • Sociable ( not social) Day

    I slept very nicely until about 04.00. I whiled away some minutes in bed hoping to fall asleep again. But I didn’t. I briefly contemplated a swim but decided against it as I had quite a lot of preparation to do for the ten people I was going to feed later. At the Illingworths. I…

  • What a twit!

    I had such a good lump of sleep last night. It started on the sofa and continued in bed. Without interruption, I think. I surfaced soon after 05.00 and swam rather slowly to the surface of consciousness. hi A quick bit of flexing and a hot drink followed. And then I was dry-robed up and…

  • Dark when I got in, Dark when I got out

    It seems: “ As one frontbencher put it: “We’re starting to enter a perfect storm of shitness.” Not a good by-election result for Boris. I enjoyed a good night until about 03.00. Again! And then dipped in and out of sleep. Soon after 05.00, I decided enough was enough and that it was time to…

  • Is everything about to go pear-shaped?

    Yesterday we had over 78,000 new Covid infections. The highest daily rate since the pandemic began. France has now banned travellers from the U.K. , from Saturday more or less, irrespective of the reason for travel. I suspect more countries will follow suit. Yet we have opened up our borders to all comers. Our government’s…

  • Achey Day

    Sleep was pretty good, until… around 05.00 or even a bit earlier. Then in between flexing and drifting in and out of dozes, I eventually got going. I felt really tired with one of those headaches down at the back of my neck. There was nothing urgent about getting up. Well – H would need…

  • Lunch out – all over the place

    The night passed nicely until close to 05.00. The trouble with waking around then is the indecision I face as to when to get up and as to what exercise activity to undertake. Flexing my limbs is a given, but to swim or not is not a given. It takes up a lot of time.…

  • Finding the Bollocks

    I slept well with minor interruptions but awaking at 05.00 is beginning to get a bit wearing. I flexed, tidied up the bit of mess in the kitchen, prepped brekkie and then needed a rest. Next up was hunting out the Christmas baubles, or bollocks, as T calls them. I have one remaining place to…

  • There was a Clonk!

    It was a very loud and very disaarrstrous sounding clonk. And I surveyed the quadrant of glass that had clonked into a new position in the window of the driver’s car door. The passenger side had no glass visible. ‘Oh dear,’ was my immediate thought (aka: Oh f..k!) . I was about to go swimming;…

  • Scraping Ice

    I slept quite well, considering I mislaid a chunk of the early evening, only eventually finding the later part of it. However, overnight, I was drifting in and out of sleep after 05.00. I had decided that I would try and fit in an early swim at the Lido. It has to be early these…

  • Seated Yoga

    I passed a semi-restless night from about 03.00 onwards. I spent some time shopping online for Christmas presents. My enthusiasm is not that great! I grabbed a bit of time and carried out the usual flexing. And then decided to go walk about with H. We needed to be in Goring soon after midday. I…

  • Downtime Day

    I fell asleep bolt upright on the sofa last night after our Ladies’ night out. And I carried on sleeping in my bed until I awoke. More or less. We got moving reasonably early because our cleaners were expected and actually came and cleaned. They worked hard and cleaned well. I felt rather guilty about…

  • Being Sociable ( as opposed to social)

    A big sleep in two halves which served me nicely and I awoke quite late. Too late to take myself off to Reading for a swim but I did flex. And carry out all the usual chores. I then took H up on Lardon Chase which was quite bleak with a raw wind. There were…

  • On it!

    Yes… I was ‘on it’ quite early after a good dose of sleep that left me waking up quite late. I briefly contemplated going for another early swim but concluded it was more important to get H out early, as we were forewarned of a storm called Barra, which would bring some unpleasantness in the…

  • Touch of the Grumbles

    I sometimes think an intelligence test should be part of the driving test. I’ve seen enough bad and inconsiderate driving today to last me a while… and it’s not 10.00 yet! Examples: 1. The van holding up all the traffic at Caversham roundabout because he was in the wrong lane to turn left and a…

  • Unsunny Sunday

    I experienced a huge lump of solid sleep last night with only one brief interruption. I awoke and I flexed etc. And then I kicked my own ass into action and set off to go swimming at the Lido. The car thermometer registered 4C. Chilly. The Lido car park had spaces and, in any case,…

  • Busy Saturday Morning

    Another night where I slept well until some silly o’clock. Then drifted in and out of sleep. I was aware Grammeno was due a dose of heavy rain so I checked that out to find around 25.00mm had fallen by around 07.00 over here. That’s a lot of rain. And they had double that during…

  • How the Other Half Lived

    In posh houses with servants, that’s how they lived. Had a reasonable night until some silly o’clock – prob around 03.30 to be precise, and thereafter I drifted in and out of sleep. Did all the usual early activities and then settled into some unwelcome housework involving wet and dry clothes, the Miele, the dishwasher,…

  • Omicron here, Omicron there…

    Everywhere seems in a bit of a panic concerning Omicron. . Various local children, including close contacts of F and G have Covid. This variant? No idea! So no close mixing with the Illis for the moment as we await results of PCR tests from the infected families. And there is also a positive Omicron…

  • “I’m going to look after them”

    That was T’s response when I asked what he was going to do with all his various bits of rock and stone which are tucked away in his pockets, in poo bags, in other bags or in the car doors. Never known anyone intent on nurturing stones before. Admiring/ polishing/ classifying them- maybe, but looking…

  • Finally…

    Finally… Frankie is actually 18 today: it seems such a long time since, that rainy day, when, after leaving work, I gave up waiting for T who was stuck in a Reading car park, then got held up by a car crash at Swindon, and finally made it to Southmead Hospital in Bristol. Too late.…

  • Doggy combat

    I did not sleep well. I don’t really know why. I couldn’t get to sleep and then, when I did, I couldn’t stay asleep. T was very restless at the start of bedtime. He was very snuffly and kept coughing and blowing his nose and then he was up and down from the loo and…

  • A Half Inch sort of day

    Another good sleep but with a good early wake up to a frosty sunshine. I discovered that T had come back wearing someone else’s shoes last night. Younger George’s – they were similar to his own, but much cleaner. So I had to confess this to the family. Oh why do I feel guilty!!! It…

  • Frankie is 18 (almost)

    Well, she will be on Tuesday but the family celebrated today. At the Pig, in Honiton and it was a wonderful occasion. Wrong shoes! We slept nicely in the hotel, but I awoke around the usual silly time of 05.00. I dozed off again and then arose to make some hot drinks and consider the…

  • Trouble at Mill

    I had a lovely sleep but the waking up and later was not so great. A busy day ahead beckoned. We were going to be travelling to Devon to celebrate Frankie’s 18th birthday en famille. Which is actually midweek. The 30th. Stormy unpleasant weather was forecast and the forecast was correct. Having fed T and…

  • Clean, Bright, Light

    Today has been a beautiful bright and sunny day. I awoke early … as is my wont, around 05.00. Not surprising really, since I spent chunks of yesterday evening dreaming on the sofa. Despite George’s presence. In the absence of cleaners, I set to the floor with a mop and bucket full of disinfectant and…

  • More Dirty Light

    Well more dirty grey … not much light about today. A depressing sort of day. I really could not get to sleep last night and I had not slept during the day so the reason is a mystery. I just felt full of beans. It was all a bit inconvenient really. But the result was…

  • Dirty Light

    There was another frost this morning. Quite a hard one. I was in no hurry to leave the coziness of my bed. But I did, followed the usual flexing and the. showered etc. I had a quick chat with Pen about the weekend and various other extremely important matters. And then I waited. And I…

  • And Colder Still

    I had a huge lump of sleep last night and a little drift in and out of it around 05.00. There was a final wake up a bit later when I got around to flexing. It was a chilly morning and there was a layer of frost that glittered when the sunlight fell on it.…

  • Colder

    It’s apparently been a warm autumn but today was colder. After a rather interrupted night, I was up and flexing. And I made some decent coffee ( thank you Lidl and, to remind me, it came out of a red foil bag) and gave T his brekkie. I headed off for the Lido around 08.30.…

  • Sleazy Day

    A bit like the government really – grey, sleazy and not to be trusted. Greasy too. And a bit sticky. All epithets applicable to our government. My night was quite restful. I think, with the odd interruption. Having partied during the evening, I was quite tired. At least I escaped the tedium of the Children…

  • Idle Blob

    Yes I have been a real idle blob today so far. T didn’t get up until the middle of the afternoon which didn’t help. I could see I was going to be on a loser if I tried to pressurise him into action in the morning. My original intention was to get him to the…

  • More Fresh Air

    T wants to know if Boris has a comb! I was up and down in the night. Probably something to do with rehydrating myself with a litre of water throughout the evening. When it was time for me to be up good and proper, I took H for a very quick spin round the corner.…

  • Not exactly lost

    Well, completely lost, to be honest. Another nice sleep. Well out of it. I was! I had a plan for the day. The pattern is – awake around 4.30-7.00 – often accompanied by flexing- and then another short doze. My plan for the day involved another trip to a new National Trust location – Greys…

  • Basildon Park (again)

    Another peaceful night with only the odd interruption. I was lively between 05.00 and 07.00 and all that flexing left me knackered, so I dozed off again . I managed to cajole T into getting up good ‘n early ( at a reasonable hour). I had a carer date this afternoon and I had a…

  • True Colours

    I had a slight waking interval during the night and then I almost finally awoke early; pottered around for a bit, listened to a clip about the economy and how it has been affected by Brexit and Covid; I flexed whilst listening, fed T, and promptly fell asleep again until about 09.00. Oh the shame…

  • Hijacked!

    Yes … my shopping mission was hijacked at Cholsey Tesco. I was a not very pleased person at the time. A very solid sleep which meant I awoke late and so everything else was late. I did a bit of flexing – not as much as my watch shows – and started to organise my…

  • Boosted!

    A fair old night’s sleep with little disturbance apart from T snuffling away. He seems a bit snotty. But not seriously so. Just annoyingly so! I awoke/ flexed/ donated T a scrap or two and took myself off to the Rec under cloudy skies. It was raining as we set off but it reduced to…

  • Yoga – well… sort of…

    Yoga of the Seated Variety. My night was all a bit of a muddle. By 17.00, it felt like 19.00 and that was the theme for the evening. Early supper – veg curry and I made it – utterly delicious. Nothing like blowing my own trumpet! T wanted to go to bed at 19.00 but…

  • The carpets look good!

    Housework – I had to do some! What is my life coming to? Cleaning!! Goes against most of my principles! Zora’s sister died suddenly of a heart attack, so she and her cleaning troops did not visit. Her sister was 62. But this house remains in reasonable condition after our year here. There are standards…

  • Ongoing Problems

    I slept badly again, which is unusual these days. And I was awake early. My watch had slipped off its charger and was practically dead when I awoke. Or else I had not attached it correctly. Whatever the cause, it was barely alive. That meant delaying everything I wanted to do for an hour or…

  • A wobbly day

    WordPress is playing silly buggers with me this evening, but seems to have got around to behaving itself for the moment. It would not let me log in on my phone, but eventually the macbook sorted it out. But then I still had difficulties on the phone – to do with firewall and server. It…

  • Today …

    Today is the day that Frankie (finally) passed her driving test. The first we knew about her taking it, was receiving the pic of the pass certificate. We are very happy for her and I suspect that her parents will be very delighted to have another driver to ferry people around. And Frankie must be…

  • By the River

    Very good solid sleep. Once awake, I flexed and then took H out for another quick trip to the Rec. I knew our main walk would be late morning/ early afternoon. It was a sort of cloudy morning – we were out around 07.00 and met nobody. And saw nobody. I’m quite enjoying these early…

  • Another Day in Sleazy UK

    I don’t understand how Biris gets away with all his sleaze. I just wish he would do something so bad that he gets the push. Even the weather was sleazy today. A reasonable sleep and quite an early start. A bit of flexing and then a quick walk to the Rec and back for H.…

  • I was Active

    T wasn’t active. He hasn’t had a good day. He hasn’t got up at all. My sleep was good enough and I was awake early enough to decide I should go swimming. I decided that I would go a bit later than usual. When I peered outside I found the lawn was transformed into a…

  • Sleaze, Sleaze and more Sleaze

    Yet another U turn by the government – gosh they are practising reverse pirouettes and must be quite dizzy by now with all the U turns. The latest one was connected to the sleaze allegations – all of which someone quite carefully totted up… nepotism / excuses/ free holidays/ jobs for the boys/ one rule…

  • Dismal Day

    Sleep was a bit interrupted again, and like yesterday, I slept better as the night went on. Although the sofa did kick in before i got to bed last night. I flexed when I was awake, but not for half an hour as the workout suggests. I just forgot to stop it. I then decided…

  • Sunny

    My sleep was a little interrupted but it was better towards the end of the night. Too much general anxiety I think…panic sets in. And sleep flies away …. Just at the moment in particular. The reason? No bloody idea except I miss ‘normal’ life and feel everything is a bit hopeless. Stuck. Tied down…

  • The Best Laid Plans

    Slept pretty well, but woke up earlier than I would have wished. But dozed off again. And so it went on. I flexed and then took H out to the Rec because we were supposed to be taking G to the Lido this morning. Only he hadn’t been too well on Sunday night so our…

  • Those Boots were made for Walking

    It’s Halloween. I hate it. You get held to ransome by young children and receive threats if you don’t provide teeth rotting sustenance. You have to get up and down throughout the evening to answer the door. It also stems from a Pagan festival which later became Christianised to All Hallows’ Eve. Its not something…

  • Lolling Around

    I slept the sleep of Sleeping Beauty again last night. Must have been to do with that extra hunting for T’s gloves on the walk. OK… so a bit of it was sofa bound but I had no trouble continuing in bed. There was no particular hurry to get up, apart from walking the two…

  • Monumental cock up!

    Slept like a log. Something to do with all the exercise I expect. I had been a bit naughty and booked myself brekkie for one at the Lido for 9.30. That meant I had to be in the water and swimming by 8.30. That meant leaving home by 8.00, which I more or less did.…

  • Another Long One

    Only need one more long one before Sunday…5k target to meet etc… A bit of a restless night and an early wake up. I did some flexing and then warned T that he would need to be up early as our cleaning team would arrive around 10.00. He almost made it to being dressed in…

  • Recovery

    Slept the sleep of Sleeping Beauty. Didn’t move, was just a solid rock! All night more or less until around 05.30. I think I may have fallen asleep again … but carried out some flexing and contemplated a swim. I find swimming helps relieve stiffness and aches and pains. So off I went to the…

  • Longer Walk

    Was in bed early; asleep early; woke up early, etc etc. The day had dawned grim and grey and didn’t change. I got T up more or less in time for our walk. I had planned to attempt walking to Streatley and back, which is around 8 km and that was what we did. Before…

  • How not to ruin a good walk

    Dead to the world until I awoke. Early. As usual around 05.30 and then later. I performed all the usual early tasks and looked at the weather forecast. The forecaster on breakfast news appeared to confirm it would be a fine, sunny day, mild for the time of year. So I suggested to T (told…

  • The Splash of Doom

    Minnie can never resist water… Yes … another reasonable night with little by way of interruption. I performed some rather lazy flexing and carried out the usual early chores. Then I set off for the Lido just after 08.00. It was a beautiful sunny morning with clear blue skies watching down on our damaged planet;…

  • Tut tut Heidi

    I slept quite nicely, after a short interval of awareness in the early hours, around 03.30. But then I was in bed by 21.00. I think. I listened to an episode of the Archers which I find quite soporific and usually guarantees that I fall asleep. I awoke around 05.30 and did some flexing, whilst…

  • Frazzled – another good day … just about

    Me that is… frazzled. T has not had a good day. He awoke grumpy and I fed him brekkie. Since I’m trying to lengthen our walks, and today’s weather was looking dry, I suggested he might like to get himself up for an earlier start to the walk. He did this but was in a…

  • Feeling for Others sort of day

    No commitments day… a really good sleep but awake around 05.00. The mornings are so dark these days and the evenings are dark early too… so no desire to get out of bed. The seasons are closing in and I suppose the hour might be doing something or other soon … falling back I believe…

  • Walking Boots get an outing.

    It was the rain that did it! I realised it had to be decent protective footwear that would stand up to mud that I would wear today. Not the mud – I wasn’t wearing that. So summer footwear is about to be put away until the ground is dry and the sun is warmer. Also…

  • Oh Evie Lola

    Worrying day. First communication this morning was to inform me that Evie has Covid. Her gym partner is still poorly with it so this was unsurprising. An LFT was positive on Sunday and a PCR confirmed it. Apparently in their part of Devon, local schools are full of it. ( As are our schools) So…

  • More Swimming

    Off I set again, around 08.30 today. The morning was overcast and chilly. Probably around 9C again. The lido seemed to have plenty of people in it which surprised me. I sort of thought that at 09.00 on a Monday morning, on a fairly miserable day, things would be fairly quiet. Wrong! Though by 10.00…

  • Getting back into the swim of things …

    Another good night dozed, though with an early awakening… A swim would do it, I thought to myself. So some time before 08.00, I swung my legs out of bed, wriggled into my swimsuit, gathered up goggles etc which were all in the wrong places, and off I set for the Lido. It was a…

  • Tempting Ankles

    A generally good night was passed … apart from the interruption for the midnight tablet. And the accompanying swig of milk. But, earlier this morning, it was pouring with rain which was unexpected and the ground was drenched, I felt a mild stab of guilt for making T water our plants last night. I had…

  • Still not right

    I think I had another good sleep and finally awoke quite late after a few earlier stretches and flexes. Today we were supposed to be having the smart meter fitted. Since it was cancelled, we missed out on a few extra ( soggy ) days in Crete, but we could also have had our booster…

  • The Day that things went wrong

    I just had the best sleep for weeks. The only interruption being the alarm for me to take my midnight tablet. That meant a trip to the kitchen for a swig of milk. Can’t remember when I last drank cold milk. A text from Ali revealed the hockey had been cancelled due to floodlight failure…

  • Cooking

    Still feeling far from 50% well. 50% would be good. 99% would be even better. Stomach cramps… go away… don’t bother to come back another day… either…and as for the rest… I slept better but was sharply reminded at midnight, as I took the appointed tablet, that I need to line my stomach first. If…

  • Trick and Treat

    Or maybe it was Track and Trace… But whoever it was, they have got us! Since both of us have been notified, it must have been some Covid infected person on the plane. I have to keep stopping myself from calling this anonymous person a twit. But I don’t suppose they wanted Covid. But then……

  • Negative

    I had a disturbed night. It seems the antibiotics I took for the suspected UTI did their job whilst in Greece, but only held it at bay. The course was finished on Saturday. Last night the old feelings of discomfort returned. It sort of made me wonder if I was imagining all the symptoms… I…

  • A Day Out

    The night was peaceful enough. Now we are no longer at a campsite, we no longer get interesting intrusions to disturb us. Cats, babies, barking dogs, babies etc. Just the usual interruptions etc. But I think I may still be on Greek time. I definitely was on Greek time all yesterday. Changing the hour x1…

  • Nothing Much

    A great sleep in my own bed… and I awoke quite early but did not get up early. Nobody seemed to want to get up. So we slept on. That’s me, T and H. I eventually took H over to the Rec. The sky was grey and it was chilly. There were loads of crows…

  • So long … so good to know you…

    But thanks to Grammeno, and all those out there, for giving us a good time … My last night was a bit of an up and downer… not sure if it was cats meaowing or the Italian baby crying but some similar noise drifted across the wind. Or I should say air, because wind there…

  • Last Post

    Last post from Greece that is. Sadly. It’s about Thursday 7/10 It was a bit of a disturbed night… not sure why… no wind for a change. I was up and out early enough and Chris came across me as I was heading up the promontory and he was heading down Alonaki. I carried on…

  • PLF x 2 =Frustration

    Another very windy night passed us by. Probably windier than expected but there was lots of noise swilling around outside. Leaves clattering and a howling etc. A couple of pussies came inside, in search of shelter ( or food), but little Ginger settled on my pillow. I didn’t really need that. Then she ensured her…

  • Don’t Worry… I’ll fix it!

    The very words make my heart miss a beat. I now no longer tell T if there is a malfunction of something or other. Because I can be certain that in the course of ‘fixing it’ there will be a complete disaster. Partly because: 1. He doesn’t understand what needs fixing 2. He can’t see…

  • Prize Idiot / Utter Prat

    ‘That’s cheap,’ I thought, as I eyed up the Friskies cat food. ‘That’s a nice big bag. That will do nicely. That’s heavy, ‘ I thought, ‘It must be really good value. I’ll get T to carry it from the car to the cabin. At least I will have something to feed our starving cats…

  • Afternoon Tea

    I awoke, not in the best of moods, after a fairly tricksy night. And some anxiety. But I had slept. Or even overslept as I set the alarm carelessly late for the walk. I was not on a very even keel, and sadly only dug a deeper hole for myself as the morning wore on.…

  • From the Rising of the Sun to the Going Down of the same…

    I was watching for both today… Woke up too early and busy brain impeded further sleep. It was freezing at bedtime last night. I tucked up under the light weight bed covering and eventually warmed myself up and drifted off into deep unconsciousness. There were no cat or dog disturbances although the camping is quite…

  • No Cook Cake

    Today I made a cake. And, as usual I did not follow the recipe precisely enough. So it’s a bit sticky. And maybe a bit fall aparty. Anyway, the day started reasonably, after a windy night, but it started with the alarm. It goes off before 06.00 and then it takes me forever to get…

  • Rough Day

    It started badly after quite a disturbed night. It was the alarm that awoke me in the end. The wind had been strong overnight. I like the sound of wind, or storm, when I am comfortable somewhere, knowing I can’t be touched by it all. So that was fine. T was fidgeting around with one…

  • And the One has become Two

    There are plenty of flies on me and they are annoying…I meant to buy a fly swat today but forgot. What a sleep! All night! Except for one brief interruption. So, I am feeling much better today as the pasta has stayed within and obviously had a binding effect. I did have a cunning plan…

  • More Earthquakes

    But we didn’t feel any of them here … but there is still time. We have just over a week left in the wonderful sunny warm weather we are experiencing. With the crystal clarity of the sea. And the blue waters . And cerulean skies that match the water. And yummy vegetables. ( when you…

  • Earthquake

    There was apparently an earthquake on the island of Crete today . We knew nothing. But it seems that all our friends in the UK knew everything about it. It was some distance from here, near Heraklion, a larger shock amongst several smaller shocks and tremors to hit the area around Crete. I shall hope…

  • Crap Day

    And that sums it up… It started with discomfort in the middle of Saturday night and the crap continued throughout the morning and during all of Sunday and through Sunday night, when it alleviated a little. I missed the morning walk, and, later, the lunch at Anydri with the gang. J and E arrived last…

  • Sunny and Warm with some Cats

    Good sleep, under warm blankets, which started before 21.00. And then I was up for a quick loo trip at around 01.00 and awake at 05.00 and then out at around 06.00. I wandered my way up to the far end of the promontory and waved my headtorch from various higher points so that Chris…

  • More Cats

    I slept a good sleep despite the night being very chilly and in sharp contrast in temperature to the night before. We used the dry robes to keep us warm in the absence of blankets. But I awoke around 05.00 which allowed me an hour before preparing myself for the promontory adventure. By the time…

  • The Gathering of the Cats

    I slept terribly, mostly because I was not asleep due to the fact that I was awake. Awake, and wondering where various necessary items were if I was to be up and out before 06.30 in the morning. My head torch, for example, because sunrise was scheduled at around 07.15. Suitable clothes was another issue.…

  • A Long Day

    I slept reasonably last night… to complete the tale of yesterday, we stayed at the Premier Inn at a certain airport whose name can be distorted into a hygienic spray – Airwick Gatport. It was comfortable enough… but we had to arise at 05.00 which caused my brain to sit up in shock at odd…

  • Gatair Portwick

    As a friend might say… just one variation… Another not entirely sleepfull night. I needed to be off and out soon after 07.30 to give yesterday’s birthday girl a lift to get her to school early for a clarinet lesson. An early lesson before school means she doesn’t miss other timetabled lessons. It was sunny…

  • Happy Birthday Fleur

    Fourteen years old today. Getting on a bit! Another disturbed night with a wakeful interval followed by a late sleep catch up. I awoke and exercised and stuck some washing on and hung it up in the lovely sunshine. The rest of the morning was spent fiddling. Fiddling with suitcases and baggage and sorting items…

  • Three more sleeps in the UK

    Well last night was a night of two halves with a longish disturbing interval to separate them. Between 04.30 and 06.30. But I fell asleep again until around 09.00. Stretching and flexing done, I pottered off to the Lido where I had a very nice swim. It was busy as I arrived and then it…

  • Hours and hours of jam – definitely jam today

    I didn’t sleep well. T disturbed me on and off for most of the night and was in an evil mood for much of it. So when I awoke, I felt washed up and tired. We bade farewell to the family after one of the best 25 hours I have spent in a while. They…

  • Devon Days

    A good night in a strange bed. Pandiculation came easy to me this morning. The day dawned grey, damp and misty, not Devon weather at all. In my view. But, hey, things could only get better. Which they did. I decided that brekkie was not on the agenda for me because we were heading out…

  • Devon

    Word of the day: find it in the text I slept OK -and then I arose. I had quite a lot to get on with because we were setting off to Devon today for a couple of days. It has been a while since I have had to do packing for a trip away and…

  • A Very Very Lazy Day

    Word of the Day: yclept The night did not start well- I could not get to sleep. My fault for not living in the present. I was living in the future getting in a right state about how I was going to keep T away from raki when we are on holiday. I made a…

  • More Active

    Word of the Day: oblivesence Well… after all the excitement around the tennis last night, I garnered a good night’s sleep and did not rush to get up this morning. The sky was bluish with grey tinges. So, bearing in mind that I had booked a table at the Lido for lunch, I decided that…

  • A Very Short One

    Word of the Day: nugacity I think I had a good sleep although it was so long ago, I can barely remember. I had agreed to go and watch Ali play hockey for a while, which meant taking myself to Wallingford at a reasonably late hour. ie around 10.30. Her team won the match quite…

  • Another Long One…nearly 6km

    Word of the Day: irrefragable My night was interrupted. This was because I happened to wake up at about 03.30 and I thought I had better check on the tennis. I found the match was still going on and so I watched it, or rather, I listened to it. Well done Emma Radacanu. And that…

  • Normal Service is resumed – Grey again

    Word of the day: flexuous A very good night passed me by. My legs still felt tired and a bit stiff this morning, so I took them off to the Lido. Being flexuous in the water might help- or that was my thinking. The drive was under grey skies, and on the return journey, I…

  • To Streatley and Back – 8km

    Amazon useless item: Word of the Day; Ceraunophilia After a good night, I awoke slowly and carried out some stretching and then leapt into my clothes. H and I headed down to the river around 07.30. It was another beautiful morning and scheduled to be hot again, hence the early start. H was very very…

  • Very Hot! 30+C

    Amazon Useless Object of the Day: Word of the Day : Lucubrate I had a reasonable night … it was quite warm but it didn’t really bother me. I couldn’t take H out early because I had an errand to do with George and needed to be at the Illis by 08.30. Well – if…

  • Traffic Lights

    Amazon useless object: Word of the day: skerrick A reasonable night, though I was awake quite early. It slowly dawned on me that it would be better to walk H early and then go swimming. This was because today was scheduled to be very warm. So I mentally reorganised the day and at around 08.30,…

  • Swimming – Proper Job

    Word of the Day: tohubohu Amazon useless object of the day: A bit of a restless night, which meant I woke early enough to consider taking a swim. Which I did, after a bit of flexing. I swam at the Lido. The car temperature registered 15C and it was a grey, chilly start to the…

  • Saturday – more swimming

    Word of the day- apopemptic Amazon useless object of the day – Yes more swimming , but sadly, not for me – I took George to Reading for his club training. The night was heavy with sleep so I had to wind myself up in the morning. Fortunately T was in another place – dreaming…

  • It’s all going Swimmingly well

    Amazon keep sending me daily offers of peculiarly unuseful and unrecognisable items. Here is today’s offering. I may also have promised you a word of the day…. Here is today’s offering… Now that my new swimming costumes have landed it is time to pick up swimming again. I had booked brekkie for 2 at the…

  • RIP -IPAD and MIKIS THEODORAKIS

    Thank you for the music… Three days of national mourning. I didn’t realise MIKIS Theodorakis was from Chania. And according to Wikipedia he wasn’t! So why does he want to be buried where he was not born, just outside Chania? Aha… he was born into a family of Cretan origin, but on the island of…

  • Grey and Greyer

    A sort of disturbed night, but not unpleasant. The day dawned Grey as the weather people had promised and that promise extends to the whole of this week. H was in no hurry to arise either. She is quite cute in the mornings because she’s stays somnolent as I get up and start my daily…

  • Not Again!

    Guess what I noticed this evening as we drove to the Illis? … Well… I think it is less than 3 weeks since they completed the 14-day-long repairs to the Bull at the bottom of Streatley Hill. And now, some excessively stupid idiot has only driven into it again! And hit the vulnerable corner and…

  • And so it goes on…

    The weather we are promised this week is to continue grey and it is also cold. Nothing to make you want to get out of bed. Today I had a swim booked for a little later , mainly due to the pool opening later as it is Bank Holiday Monday. When I got there, it…

  • Same old…Same old…

    A good sleep; flexing followed; next a swim; followed by a bit of lolling; then a cycle ride and eventually a walk. So there you have it. Same old feelings pervaded the day enhanced by the grey skies which have largely predominated. The drive to Didcot provided me with views of various hot air balloons.…

  • Abridged version

    In brief, got up early, flexed and swam. Rode the bike. Chatted to Brenda. Cleared out the fridge. Walked the dog. Saw no one. Did nothing. Such is life’s rich pattern at the moment. Thought for the Day

  • Active

    I have booked a few Didcot swims since Reading is off bounds at the moment. The first was this morning just before 08.00. I always seem to have a reasonable sleep these days. I had a little trouble getting to sleep – probably because I snoozed earlier in the afternoon. But I was awake quite…

  • Bye Bye Minnie

    So it’s goodbye to the gentlest and kindest dog as she has gone home today. We will miss her… until the next time., I had another good sleep, but with a little tummy discomfort overnight. This necessitated a trip or two to the loo. Nothing serious though, and I eventually settled. A little flexing followed,…

  • GOT LOST.

    Didn’t mean to, but I got us well and truly lost in some woodland. This afforded the picnicking teddy bears much amusement. We went to bed very late – around midnight due to some absorbing TV – ie Question Time and an ambulance programme. I still awoke around 05.00 and didn’t really drift off again.…

  • Strange Old Day

    I awoke earlyish. But did not get up immediately or even soon after. The dogs were quiet and didn’t seem in a hurry to go anywhere. I flexed and then took them to the Rec and back for a very few mins. They were surprisingly lethargic. Bit like me really. We eventually got our act…

  • The Day after the One Before

    I was dead to the world until I woke up. And then I was still pretty dozy. It took me a while to surface. The dogs had been very good all night as they were the night before. Anne and I abandoned T and set out rather late with the three doggies. We went up…

  • Friends Reunited

    Remember that website? The one that preceded Facebook? A good sleep, but not really long enough due to the fact we were up late last night having a witter. I needed to be up and out with the dogs quite early because we were due visitors – 6 of them for lunch – from midday…

  • Little and Large

    I awoke after another very good sleep but I knew I had a long day ahead of me. The day was glowering greyly from the other side of the window. I dragged H and the much larger Minnie into the car, intending to walk them on Lardon Chase. However all the best laid plans go…

  • Mopping Up

    What an amazing uninterrupted sleep I had last night. I didn’t wake up until 08.00. Or thereabouts. I felt much better than I have over the last couple of days. The aches / pains and lethargy have disappeared. I did some flexing and performed a quick wander to the Rec and back with the dogs…

  • Some Pressures this Morning

    I didn’t really want to get up, having awoken, still feeling pretty crap and achey, but I knew the dogs would need a short walk before the day kicked into action. I explored Covid symptoms online and ordered some rapid flow tests. Just in case. We have a busy social weekend ahead of us. Our…

  • It’s not Sunday!

    All day I have been convinced it is Sunday. However it is not Sunday because it is Wednesday. I had a nice sleep but with a short wakeful session in the middle of the early hours. I had decided I deserved a lie in. So I had a bit of one. But various chores distracted…

  • My Bed was so Comfy

    Or that was what I thought when I awoke. I was lying really warm and cosy on my tummy. I thought I would skip the swim and stay in bed and walk the dogs at leisure. Later. But then I remembered it was a booked swimming session so I needed to be there. This gave…

  • A Day that Disappeared

    I was lively during the early hours for a short spell and then I fell asleep again, until about 08.00. And then, of course, it was difficult to get up. A little flexing and stretching helped. I had shoved the dogs into the garden but they were not very interested. So … I showered and…

  • Miserable start… pleasant middle of the day…horrid evening

    Another fair night with some sort of only minor disturbance the cause of which has escaped me. It was a miserable morning with fine drizzle and low cloud. I exercised the dogs at Streatley Meadows. All the long grass/ hay has been cut back -and formed a nice soft layer for the dogs to walk…

  • Ambushed by the Sun

    Haven’t seen much of the sun recently and I hadn’t expected today to be warm and sunny. Warm enough to sit in the garden and get overheated. Haven’t known that for a while, and it didn’t start off that way! I had such a good sleep that I didn’t wake up until it was daylight.…

  • Trip booked

    Anyone who knows me will realise we have a trip booked. But not for a while. And I’m still waiting to hear about accommodation. However research indicates that there is a lot available in the local area for our dates, should Grammeno not communicate. There’s always Anny’s Villas nearby. It’s a busy time out there.…

  • Minnie comes to stay ( for 2 weeks)

    I had a bit of a restless night thanks to the insects that bit my legs on our walk yesterday. Their sharp teeth left their itchy mark which was quite disturbing. I decided that if I swam it would be later in the day. And carried out some flexing and then I went and sat…

  • Neptune Wood

    Having spent half of yesterday driving round South Oxfordshire looking for it, we finally found Neptune Wood today. And it was a treat! My phone informed me that I slept for 8 hours yesterday. Quite a treat! Anyway, I awoke late. Around 08.00. And didn’t really want to get up either. But the arrival of…

  • Shed

    I awoke for a chunk of time during the night, but quickly settled for another in-depth session conversing with my eyelids. My watch battery is now charging due to being minus flat and I am close enough to closing my circles. But not completely. I awoke a bit late to take myself off for a…

  • Reflections ..,

    I logged a lot of sleep last night. Unfortunately a meal of guacamole, which is essentially a liquid meal, and contains no starch, meant I had a bit of a night time yo yo experience. But I slept well in between times. I felt better when I finally got up, than I have for the…

  • Mixed Day

    A long and comforting night. I didn’t really want to get up but trotted dutifully off to the Lido. I arrived around 09.00. It was rainy and gloomy and a chilly 13C. I was surprised to find it quite busy- given the weather and the fact it was a Sunday morning I had not expected…

  • But Greece is on Fire

    The fires in Greece headlined BBC News this evening… We have some dramatic pics from Pen and family out there. Another good sleep except, unbeknownst to me, the watch charger cable had fallen out of its USB port and so had not charged up. Only I had not noticed this. Due to meddling I think.…

  • To Walk or not to Walk

    What a lovely sleep followed by a bit of a lie in as I watched some of the Olympics. And then I did some flexing and then I lay around for a bit more. I asked H how desperate she was for a walk and she didn’t reply. So I took that as a NO,…

  • Autumnal

    Today I awoke at a reasonable time wondering what was prodding me into arising. And then I remembered that I needed to get T up and eventually out as Zora and co – our fortnightly cleaners – were due to visit. At 10.00. That is quite early to get T up and going. We had…

  • Mixed Fortunes

    I experienced another good night’s sleep and was somewhat reluctant to exit my bed. But I did. I performed a few domestic chores before dragging my swimsuit on. It was a fine morning with early sunshine and sunny views all the way to Didcot. Yesterday it had been very misty. I had a chat with…

  • A Very Pleasant Day

    I had to get up early to go swimming at Didcot. It was a while since I had been there and it felt rather cramped and claustrophobic. But the pool emptied of people ( not of water) and things became calmer. But the water is harder to swim in than the Lido: it is deeper…

  • Greece is very hot

    So I am told by various contacts. I believe there have been several fires near Patra and elsewhere as there are in Turkey. Fingers crossed Rafina stays safe, not that there is much left to burn. My night was filled with deep sleep. I would like to have seen what my watch app had to…

  • Lovely late lunch

    Didn’t wake up until around 07.45. Tut tut. But did a little flexing and contemplated what was to come. We didn’t have a lot of the morning left, by the time T got himself up so we took H for a walk down by the river in Streatley. The day was overcast with the odd…

  • Not sure where the day has gone

    I awoke late again. But the misery outside gave me no incentive to arise. In fact T was in the shower before I was. But I was clean and dressed long before he had even removed his towel. I wanted to watch some live athletics which was scheduled for 11.15 so we managed to get…

  • Late Start

    I didn’t wake up properly until around 07.45. The splashy sounds told me it was wet! So I didn’t hurry to do anything much, outside was not encouraging unless hibernation was in the activity list. I fed us both and messed around with some admin stuff. And messed around a bit more with nothing much.…

  • Fresher

    Despite going to bed so early, I had a good night but woke up around 05.00. It still took me a while to get going. H was not very active so I took myself off to the Lido for a swim and a kipper. There was no sign of ‘Sally.’ But she had been there…

  • Long Night

    I went to bed late as I drifted in and out of sleep to Baptiste. As I got into bed, the Olympic coverage was just beginning although it was a cycle race which was quite tedious. And of little British interest. I eventually fell asleep in the early hours, to wake up rather late. It…

  • Silly Witch

    A good sleep again. I dragged H out to Cholsey Meadows reasonably early but not at the crack of dawn. But first, after some stretching, I had a secret job to do- empty the shed of the cardboard box collection that T had carefully gathered. There is more to dispose of but that is mostly…

  • Gold and other Medals

    I slept well and awoke late, it was not the bright or sunny start to the day that I had hoped for. So I retreated back to bed after some flexing and caught up with the goings on at the Olympics. I have to confess to not having been too interested in them due to…

  • Tricksy

    A sound sleep. I awoke to greyness and damp. But H and I eventually got ourselves out and about – as far as the Rec. We were almost as far away as possible, which is actually not that far, when the rain became more serious. We turned around, arriving home not too wet. But the…

  • Cooler

    I suspect the wind that arose yesterday evening was responsible for the lack of promised thunderstorms though there were a couple of loud claps early this morning. I awoke to a drizzly greyness so did not rush to get up. And, so much cooler – a blessed relief! Because of the stormy forecast, H and…

  • I couldn’t breathe

    Prob not very PC to use this as a title but that was how I felt in the middle of the night as I woke up in an airless house. I found T had closed one of the bedroom windows so I reopened it. Wide. Then I wandered through the rest of the house opening…

  • 31C again

    I felt as though I slept well but that was not reflected in the sleep app. I think I awoke soon after 05.00 and had a few jobs to do as well as some flexing before H and I went for our walk. Surprising was the fact that T was up and in the shower!…

  • 31C

    What another lovely sleep. I awoke around 05.30 not at all ready to take H for walk. But the beauty of the day persuaded me, the question was where to go. Yesterday, I had tried to charge up the electronic dog collars so H would give up any attempt at wheat wandering, but I found…

  • De-shagged

    I had another good sleep. It was very hot overnight. Hotter than it should have been because someone closed all our bedroom windows during the night- why? The ones I had carefully opened wider than usual to allow the cool night air in. But the presence of the next-to-nothing Devon wool m, summer duvet also…

  • Another Hot One – HEAT WARNING!!!

    I slept well, waking early. I was glad to be awake early because I forced myself out of bed to take H out before it was too hot. We headed off towards the Rec around 06.00 and saw practically nobody. We strode across the Rec past the kiddies’ playground and then up the hillside behind…

  • Hottest Day of the Year

    I was Seeping Beauty last night but it was not a kiss that awoke me – just the fact it was time. A little leg waggling. No walk for H today which is extremely rare, almost extinct in its rarity. It was hot from early in the morning. I had no desire to go anywhere…

  • Happy Birthday Tony

    75 today! I had a lousy night last night ( punishment for yesterday) and was awake around 03.30 and couldn’t settle back to sleep. So I levered myself up around 05.00 and H and I were off and out on our walk around 40 minutes later. We went down to the river which was serene…

  • Eleanor Day 3

    I overslept! After short wakeful intervals and a little leg waggling around 06.00, I fell asleep again and woke up at 08.45. Eleanor had wisely found herself some brekkie and had set off towards Streatley with Kallie. I communicated with her to say I could pick her up in Streatley or, alternatively, meet her as…

  • Eleanor’s Second Day

    I had another very good sleep after going to bed later than usual. Eleanor was a bit more energetic than I was and took Kallie out for a long, earlyish ramble along local tracks that I have yet to explore. How embarrassing is that! I did a little stretching and flexing and showered. No swim…

  • Eleanor comes to stay

    Another really lovely sleep. And then I struggled to leave my bed and get myself up and out to Didcot. And swam. It was slow going as all the tractors were present with their little convoys behind them. But the object of my visit was achieved. I called in at Sainsbury’s for additional provisions –…

  • All the best laid plans…

    7 hours sleep recorded last night. And some of it was even a deep sleep. It probably helped that my phone went flat early in the evening so it was not charging when I was asleep. I had charged it earlier. I had a bit of a lie in because I was intending to swim…

  • Visitors

    What a good sleep! The day appeared to be revolting as I pressed my nose to the window. All I could see were puddles and wetness and greyness. I had a swim booked at Didcot so I needed to get there. H was not at all interested in a comfort break in the garden. T…

  • Major Interference Again

    I didn’t sleep very well. It took me a while to drift off. The Morning was misty and cool and I knew visibility on my drive to Reading might be tricky. But it was the sort of mist where the sun might have broken through. And by the time I arrived at the Lido, it…

  • Lazy Day

    Another fulsome night of delicious sleep. I awoke around 06.00 and used the time before everyone woke up to do a little light exercise. There would be no swim this morning due to the presence of guests in the house. George was awake first, having confirmed the camp bed was really comfortable. So much do…

  • The Younger Generation

    Awoke late once more but in plenty of time to get to Didcot for my swim. But I had jobs to do first preparing the spare room for grandchildren tonight and heaving stuff lying around into the secret ottoman compartment. The bed has never been used/ mainly due to the Covid regs and not staying…

  • Clumps

    Another excellent night after which I was rudely brought to my senses with a sudden awakening. A bit of quick flexing followed and then I was off to Didcot . The pool appeared remarkably empty when I arrived. Someone commented that everyone was probably sleeping off the football from the previous night. I wallowed my…

  • Someone got wet feet

    What a great sleep. I awoke with a bang brought which brought me into my conscious world. No panic to get to Didcot as I planned a Lido swim this morning which I had. I set off for the Lido around 08.15. This was not wisely timed, though I had considered things carefully. I decided…

  • Tuesday

    Today I did not wake up too happy as the night was a bit disturbed. It just meant that I was quite awake and performed some flexing before departing for Didcot. The rain had been bucketing down and I found a pool of water flanking the front door step. H had not wanted to go…

  • Lovely English Summer’s Day – not

    Another good night. Every night is a good night these days. I was up early and off to Didcot. It was a bit of a messy swim at the start due to lots of slow swimmers in MY lane. But they mostly exited and the time was then enjoyable. No floating black cap though flappy…

  • Lovely Lido

    Not quite woken by the alarm, but almost! I had no Didcot swim booked so took myself to the Lido, leaving home at around 06.45. The skies had released more heavy rain overnight and the roads were all puddly, but also traffic free. It was really quiet and Reading was a ghost town. The lido…

  • Whatever Happened to the Middle of the Day?

    Another good sleep but with a fairly early start due to needing to be at Didcot by 07.30. As promised there had been heavy rain overnight. The sky looked yellow/black and angry as I loaded myself into the car. More torrential rain fell as I drove and there was plenty of flooding along the roads.…

  • Busy Morning

    An excellent night considering my idleness of yesterday. I didn’t rush to get up because my swim was booked for 08.50 which is really late. I did some gentle flexing and stretching and a few chores before departing. Chores mos