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Jun 12th

2024

By donich_admin

Strawberries

We used to have a big patch of wild strawberries in the garden but they died off a few years ago. This week I noticed that a new patch had appeared – and yesterday I collected the first few to have ripened. They were pretty good, but I’ll be honest here (though whispering) not as […]

Jun 11th

2024

By donich_admin

Penguins of the world

I made a sort of “montage” work of art for my brother’s birthday which featured a photo of every country he has visited (to date 42). Each country had a corresponding penguin (my brother has a “travel penguin” he carries around the world with him) dressed out to represent its country. I drew the penguins […]

Jun 9th

2024

By donich_admin

Getting there

After seeing the physio last week I’ve embarked on proper exercise for my foot. I’m walking pretty fluently indoors now wearing either trainers or sports sandles with no crutch or stick. I can walk ok in my soft soled slippers provided it is on carpets, but our house is largely wooden floors and my foot […]

Jun 7th

2024

By donich_admin

More exciting wildlife

Yesterday I saw two goldfinches on the bird table. It is a bit weird because some years were have virtually nothing apart from thousands of chaffinches, and other years we have quite a good variety. I saw a treecreeper the other day, we have the intermittent siskins back, various tits, blackbirds, robins etc. The heron […]

Jun 5th

2024

By donich_admin

On the modern world

I went on my second solo trip yesterday – to Edinburgh no less. Still being limited in the distance I can walk (though I managed four flights of stairs and about 6000 steps), and also a bit short of time, I went into a coffee shop (called the “Black Sheep”) for some lunch. There was […]

Jun 4th

2024

By donich_admin

Lucky the wild cat

Lucky’s new modus operendi is this:- Do my own thing in the wilderness for about 48 hours, living on what I can catch and stored fat. If it rains heavily, or if I get very hungry, come home. Eat anything that has been left out for me in the kitchen. Sleep in the lounge on […]

May 31st

2024

By donich_admin

Progress

I’ve been walking around the house in the Aircast boot with no other support for a while now. This was not strictly speaking what they told me to do, because the instructions were “partial weight bearing with boot and crutches” until I saw the consultant six weeks after surgery. But my foot was no longer […]

May 30th

2024

By donich_admin

Much cat activity

Summer is in full bloom now, and the new camera is showing a lot of activity. Here are two squirrels playing with each other. Then Saphy comes along. She very nearly catches one, but luckily they are able to run straight up the rough cast on the side of the house so it managed to […]

May 28th

2024

By donich_admin

Doughnut Meeting

R told me he was having a “doughnut meeting” this afternoon. Apparently (and this sounds like a very, very American idea), you are paired up at random with a person from a different team in the Company, and you just have a general chat to get to know each other. I suppose it is not […]

May 26th

2024

By donich_admin

Ultra Processed Foods

I’ve been reading a lot about ultra processed food (and in fact have read “ultra processed people” up to the point towards the end where it started getting very political and woke). It does occur to me that R and I eat virtually no ultra processed foods. In particular I eat very very few. We […]