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Dec 1st, 2019

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Worst way to wake up

I’ll take a poll on the worst way to wake up. I’m not counting things like hearing bombers overhead or seeing a man in a hockey mask standing over you with a blood stained knife – but just ordinary moderately bad things. Friday 4:30am – freezing cold cat comes into bedroom, goes under the duvet […]

Nov 30th, 2019

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Earth stood hard as iron

Bitterly cold today at -5 first thing this morning. I am reminded of the Christmas Carol “earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone” as I had to run the birds’ bowl of water under the hot tap for ten minutes as it had frozen solid overnight. I refilled it with warm water at […]

Nov 29th, 2019

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Got the floor finished

Thank God for being finished with that. The floor is complete, but has taken me twice as long as I expected, partially because my back and knees are not up for more than an hour or two at a time, partially because the light fades at 4pm, and partially because of the activities of Tora, […]

Nov 28th, 2019

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Owls are back in force

We have at least one pair of tawny owls in the garden at the moment. I am often wakened early in the morning by the “twit-twoo” of the courting couple and sitting here at 7:30pm I can hear them loud and clear. I love owls and wish we could see our residents but unfortunately it […]

Nov 26th, 2019

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The smell of the chip shop

My mum and dad bought me flooring to put down in my dining room as an early Christmas present. I am coming round to the idea that it is much better to have practical things that you actually do want for presents rather than ending up with a whole load of tat that clutters up […]

Nov 21st, 2019

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We got this bench designed by Chainsaw Craft near Dunoon for a Christmas present to go on my parents’ patio. On one arm is a cat, which I thought looked a bit like poor old Schrodi, and on the other arm is a mouse or vole. The original idea had been to bring it in […]

Nov 20th, 2019

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Another little rant – fur this time

No one loves animals more than I do. I have to say though, that unless you are actually a vegan (as I have stated before, not an ethos I agree with), having a policy of banning fur, whilst allowing other animal products such as meat and leather is highly hypocritical and in fact just a […]

Nov 20th, 2019

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Christmas Cake

Sad to say I have started my Christmas preparations with all my presents either arrived or on order. I just made my first Christmas cake and gave it a big feed of brandy as it seemed to have dried out at the edges a bit. To be honest, I am not fond of either Christmas […]

Nov 15th, 2019

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The Moon’s a Balloon

The weather here is still fantastic. R and I went out just the back of 7:30 this morning, and the moon was still hanging in the sky over the trees like a balloon or a big silver plate. I took some photos with my new camera, using R’s back as a kind of improvised tripod. […]

Nov 12th, 2019

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Sun and Snow

I got a lovely new camera for my birthday. Tora bought it, but I feel he may have had some technical advice from R. It has up to a 60x optical zoom so it is a bit better than the iPhone. Luckily the weather has been quite spectacular of late so I have had the […]