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29/11/2012 at 09:21

Morning all,

Mouse- tonic does contain quinine (which can mess with your adrenal glands)- I think you were possibly  thinking of bromide which was the stuff allegedly added in the NAAFI tea.  Maslow has sex at the lowest level but sexual intimacy/relationships at level 3.  I failed to self actualise last night (=skipped swimming).

Anyhoo as Seren says, yellow face is in the sky so must get the bike out and

top up those vitamin D levels. 


29/11/2012 at 18:46


I have a li'l tale of scaredness. Which is rare for me coz I find absolutely nothing to be scared of in the dark in the middle of nowhere when I'm all on my own and unable to ever run fast enough to get away from anything remotely intimidating.

But yesterday morning I seriously nearly wet myself. 

It was about 5:45. Pitch dark ('member there are no streetlights where I run). I was padding along a narrow road, listening to my book, when i heard something in the background. Dismissed it. Heard it again, and took out my earbuds. I thought - why would someone be using a buzz saw this early in the morning? And where??? In the woods??  Then another one joined it. Quite distant, but long and raucous and with the rise and fall of someone gleefully pulling the cord to make the saw scream. 

I desperately overlaid the Chilterns Chainsaw Massacre image in my head with one of nothing more sinister than an insomniac farmer deciding to use the early hours to clear a fallen tree. I turned up my iPod and padded on. 

Then there was another one, then another, and they were getting nearer. Remember, no lights other than the beam of my headtorch, which picked out only hedges and trees.  Louder, scarier, the further I went, the nearer I got to the source of the noise - or was the source of the noise getting nearer to me?!?

And there were more of them. As one began to die away, another took over, until there seemed to be hundreds, overlapping each other. It became a terrifying cacophany and my logical brain was having a huge problem stopping me from turning around and sprinting hell for leather back the way I had come.

And then, as one single "chainsaw" separated itself from the now horribly loud chorus, I recognised it. It was a feckin COW!! Among what must obviously be several hundred cows, all competing for Loudest Cow of the Year. My relief then gave way to terror - I'd never heard them here, at this time. I'm used to meeting herds of them in the road during the day and it's a lovely part of rural life, but I can see them, and I know what's happening and I can avoid them or make sure they avoid me.

In the dark, with adrenaline already shooting around my system I was seriously close to soiling my Lycra as I imagined that an entire herd had somehow escaped and was charging down the lane towards me. I had absolutely no escape route - the hedges were unbroken and thick - as impenetrable as brick walls. I was clearly going to die, and I would be such a mess, carved up by cloven hooves that I would only be indentifiable by my RoadID.


They hadn't escaped, of course. They were all there in their barn, which was all lit up once I went round the next bend. Presumably there were humans there, too, and the gates were shut. I wasn't about to die a grisly, terrifying, noisy death. *sigh* But I still don't know why they were making that bloody horrible racket - I've run that road so often at exactly that time and it's never happened before.





29/11/2012 at 18:46


You can see why I didn't put it on Twitter...

29/11/2012 at 18:56

*giggle* indeed Leppy

29/11/2012 at 19:30
Lol Leppie!

I had a freaked out moment in the gym earlier....washed my hands and went to grab a bit of paper towel from the dispenser on the wall but they've replaced it with a hand drier since I was last there on Monday! Confused my tired little brain that did!
seren nos    pirate
29/11/2012 at 20:23

Jj..........things are so different in the dark

M...eldy    pirate
29/11/2012 at 20:38

Jj are you sure the cows didnt have chainsaws?    It has been known you know

Walked up the willage earlier with the express intent of paying in a cheque ...  and forgot it

M...eldy    pirate
29/11/2012 at 20:39

I had to scrape the car at 6pm ...    pirate
30/11/2012 at 07:50

Morning all!

Crikey Jjj!  Bet that raised the heart rate. I scared an owl last night whilst I ran - I turned my torch off cos the moon was so bright and it was lovely. But I coughed as I ran under a tree and there was much kuffuff and flapping of wings and off flew an owl!

flyaway    pirate
30/11/2012 at 08:20

Jj - Short story

Which has made me forget what I came in here for now... Grrr.


Hope    pirate
30/11/2012 at 08:24

Jj... brilliant!

Well folks I have a day of work and a jobs todo list as long as my leg.... so obviously here I am catching up on the wing

Hope    pirate
30/11/2012 at 08:26

First on list is checking my bank account.....



Might read back a bit more

seren nos    pirate
30/11/2012 at 08:34

right for a quick run

30/11/2012 at 13:41

Have a fanTAStic weekend everyone!


M...eldy    pirate
30/11/2012 at 16:21
Je suis arrive

30/11/2012 at 16:56

Well. Flyaway. That's, erm, yes. I know what I'll be dreaming about tonight!    pirate
30/11/2012 at 19:36

I ran 11 miles, 10 of which hurt.... I didn't scare any owls, but I did get confused by my own shadow which appeared to be a person running behind the hedge just ahead of me. That was a bit scarey. So - yup - genuinely scared of my own shadow!

Have a grand time at the Doo.

M...eldy    pirate
02/12/2012 at 18:15

Is it bedtime yet??

02/12/2012 at 18:39
Depends who you are with
M...eldy    pirate
02/12/2012 at 18:46

Just me and the cat !!

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