Any way you do it
I have a habit of losing small things. You could call me the Goddess of Lost Small Things. In the past month, I've lost my breadmaker recipe book which has resulted in all kinds of weird and largely inedible concoctions from the bread machine, ... Read more
Long, hot summer
Saturday I decided to go for a little walk. I can't really call this one a hike, because it was a nice flat path all the way with only one tiny hill. I started just north of Harlow, in Essex, at Harlow Mill. I pick this because I can see from th... Read more
Too hot to handle
Not hot in the good sense, I don't mean. Not at my age. It's been about 30C (mid 80s F) in the UK for a week and we're suffering. Well honestly, we're not used to it. For the last three years we got no summer, just extra rain. This year, however... Read more
Life without Percy
My large cat, Charlie, is missing his recently deceased brother. Not in a howling, sort of way. Or even a prowling sort of way. He did not (as I'm told some cats do) spend days looking for Percy. In fact since they were always both very outdoors... Read more
This is the blog of someone who's having an UnSparkly weekend. I'm eating rice salad (containing three times as many vegetables as rice) Always the sign of food sins to expiate when you catch me eating rice salad.
I have just been reading a... Read more
Not a proper blog
From thinking of Twitter as something for people with too much time on their hands, I've recently become a bit of a fan.
A lot depends on who you follow. Being English, I follow the BBC. (I can just hear you thinking 'jolly good chaps!' an... Read more
The big M
I was sitting at work today, hunched over my computer and feeling very Mondayish. If you don't know what I mean by Mondayish, run away and play in the traffic, do. The only thing on my mind was concentrating on the 'to do' list (first getting it... Read more
Tea and milk, no sugar
Yesterday Stonecot and I went for a nice little walk (all 11 miles of it, yes).
We saw billowing clouds of the kind that would have made Constable gibber and reach for... Read more
I've been in Regent's Park this afternoon. My sore foot was not actually sore this morning so I treated it to another short walk.
London's parks are always full of people on sunny weekends, especially when the weather's been lousy. It's so... Read more
I understand how my ancestors felt
This morning I got up at 8.30 (Sunday = lie-in chez ChicChantal. If you usually get up at 7am, 8.30am is a lie-in, right?) and opene... Read more
She's rubbish, you know
This female human we live with. She forgot to start spring this year so we went back into hibernation. She's also useless at remembering to feed us. Just how difficult is i... Read more
What they say about the English is true
We have really got a thing about the weather. Take me, for example. When I got home from work this evening, I went to look at the weather forecast. I've been doing this twice a day for six months. This is what the Met Office said for Sunday:
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The best drink of the day
When I started on SparkPeople, one of the things that surprised me was how much talk there was of tea. I was surprised because this is an American site, and in my yoof, Americans were well known - and pitied, in the UK at least - for not drinki... Read more
Down at the doctor's
I took my foot to the doctor's yesterday. In fact, it insisted on coming. It also made its presence felt with every step.
The doctor held it in her lap and looked it over carefully and said the problem is probably a strained ligament, and ... Read more
Out of my box
I like to think of myself as a fairly adventurous sort of person. Not adventurous as in white-water rafting, shark-fishing and so on, but someone who's always willing to do something different. This is how I originally came to be hiking on my ow... Read more
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