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Yesterday I decide to go for a gentle wander, being still convalescent after two colds. So I start off at Epping, and allow myself to get the bus up to the main road because the walk up the hill from the station is steep and tedious and my lungs... Read more
The trouble with housework
Well, the trouble with housework is that I don't like it. Not that I do much, I'm a housework minimalist, you might say. Lick and a promise? Forget the promise, I don't even INTEND to go back and finish it, I mean do it more thoroughly. I can th... Read more
How DO I get myself into these things?
A couple of months ago I was chatting to a friend online about holidays. Holidays in Italy.
Over the course of a few conversations we narrowed it... Read more
Spoiled for choice
I don't know about you but for me January is the month when (as a colleague once observed) you get to the tin in the back of the cupboard and eat whatever's in it. You're too broke for anything else, after Christmas.
In my case, it also me... Read more
I had a not-very-successful hike today. I went out into the wilds of Buckinghamshire but the weather closed in and got very cold and grey so I did a couple of miles and gave up because it's the solstice today and what light there was, was going ... Read more
I've been off Sparkpeople for a while. Well, more than a while. Several whiles. I didn't decide to lapse, it just happened. More or less in the way Snow White drifted. So this week I had a few days off work and was clearing some stuff out and sp... Read more
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