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Jun 16th, 2024

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Off to Norfolk

I’m off to Little Walsingham in Norfolk tomorrow with my friend J. His Mum died in April and we are going down for her memorial service and also to “House Doctor” the house there so it can be sold. It is a lovely house though in need of a bit of modernising. I also really […]

Jun 14th, 2024

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More Deer

R managed to snap a nice little stag eating a tree just outside his window. We’ve had a few deer in this year, and I hope it means that the population is coming back. I know there are too many deer in Scotland and they have to be culled, but I think they went too […]

Jun 12th, 2024

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]