((((Daffy)))) No, that's not like you at all. Glad to hear you are having TWO holidays back to back, that should return you to a Daffy-esque state of cheerfulness. (But if it doesn't, hie thee to the quack: could it be something to do with the thyroid meds? I know if those are not right your mood can suffer dreadfully.)
Oh Podds, you ARE a glutton for punishment. Alternatively: how lovely that you're in the London to Brighton, have a great time. And in either case I hope you do NOT have a cold!
Melds, LOL at cat lady leaving the GPO double rations so he could save some for tea! Are you SURE she is qualified to take care of a feline, any feline? They have the same attitude to food as Mr C has to chocolate: eat it all immediately, you never know, the house might burn down and the uneaten part would be lost forever!
MC, doing nothing can feel very odd, but very nice. And if you fitted in 6 miles at least it wasn't really 'nothing'! The Chunnel stuff is awful, isn't it? What I don't understand is why the French are responsible for policing the English border. I mean, presumably France doesn't care if these people leave? I asked Mr C why so many people wanted to go to the UK, and he said it's because it's so easy to work in the black economy there. On the continent people have to register, so the authorities know who's who, but in the UK the don't so people can slide in and out without even being officially there. Oh dear.
We did our 4 hilly miles this morning. Felt like hard work---that hot month really set us back. But we did it, and both felt better for it. Mr C has just said 'I'm ready when you are but no need to hurry' which as we all know means 'Get your arse in gear, I'm leaving NOW' Happy days all xx
Sluggie, wot Podds said! Hope the cats are not really any the worse for wear---but if you leave someone in charge of living creatures, they are responsible for ensuring that the animals are cared for!!
I don't wonder that your pal the GP wants to retire. I am unable to understand the thinking of this government. They require doctors to work hours that would never be allowed for pilots, and reduce their pay. They cut legal aid to the point where ordinary people can't afford to go to court and lawyers can't make a living. Where is this going???
However: something truly weird happened this morning. I looked out the window, and there were little pieces of water falling out of the sky. Extraordinary. It even went on for a couple of hours. I don't know what brought it on, but the garden certainly liked it!
((((Podds)))) Just keep an eye on the clock and don't fall asleep at the keyboard and pretty soon you can go home again! (one of those days to just live through, by the sound of it....)
Woohoo, Melds, good news on the interview! These days with all the funding cuts that's specially good news. I'm oiling the vibe machine as we speak. When's the day?
Monty did love his chug, but we're both being reminded that we'be only been out twice in the last month, and the leggies were a bit shocked by the wake-up call this morning. Monty is completely flaked on his bed in the corner. Bless. About to go get my hair cut, which will be a sort of escape from the primeval forest---can't wait!
Quiet in here, innit? But of course with Spence AND DL on hols, it was bound to be
Sluggie, what a rotten return home from hols! Hope the issues with cat-sitter didn't make the kitties uncomfortable. As for SIL....sterkte. Hope that you have settled back into home and are feeling a bit better today. Take care of yourselves. xxxx
FarFar, with an all day meeting, those 3 morning miles will really be important. And, erm, knowing the results you regularly rack up on marathons, I'm guessing that your concept of 'just plodding along' might be a bit upmarket from mine At least it will hopefully have given you some nice moment to think about as the meeting goes on and on......
Podds, you really are heroic. But getting back at 3 am is one long journey!! At least you do have today to get things straight again before you disappear back down into the salt mine tomorrow. How is you sickie now, BTW? Is he all better?
MC, how good to see you back! Even if it did take a cold, horrible, wet day to make you think of us However, a nice haircut, cake and coffee would deffo be my recipe for solid recovery, so hope you're feeling cheery again now and can enjoy your week of childless bliss!
Yums, glad your pa is doing well. And it sounds sensible to just keep an eye on things rather than leap into all kinds of medical procedures that hopefully won't turn out to be necessary. How's your work going now? I seem to recall some flattering recognition at the end of last year, but also a lot of angst with not enough staff etc etc. Has it settled down a bit?
Meldy, hope the cold is retreating quickly. It's a real downer when you come back from hols all tanned and cheerful and immediately get a cotton head Hope you'll be back to your normal radiance soon.
Monty and I have chugged. After having got out only twice in 4 weeks I expected it to be hot, hard and horrible and it was; 'cooler than of late' is still fairly warm. But it was nice too, and Monty is now snoozing happily in his corner. I am now busy peeling and cutting up 16 lbs of peaches that my lovely greengrocer gave me. I mean, gave me for nothing. They have tiny bruises on them so he won't sell them, but they will make fantastic jam and chutney! Lovely man
Afternoon all. Westie, LOVED the LBM song about rain---nearly held the computer out the window hoping the gods would hear down here. We have had just the teensiest sprinkle last night, but otherwise not a single drop for nearly 6 weeks so the garden is very droopy and the farmers are really struggling. Restrictions on pumping from the rivers for irrigation etc. So while I'm trying to feel sympathetic to you all up there (and I DO see the cruel injustice of floods in July) my heart isn't really in it!
Daffs, love the sound of the plastering! Must be sooo satisfying to have a lovely smooth wall and know you did it yourself
Podds, that is a VERY uncivilised hour to be posting, the more so if you were at a motorway caff while you do it! Hope you got home before daylight and had at least a bit of kip. I missed out on what you've been doing? Where you been?
Sue, well done you and AND Mia! How great that she's starting at such a young age---inspired by you, obviously!
Melds, how's Murph now? You said there was still a hole in his foot, is that improving??
In case she looks in: HAPPY BIRTHDAY FP!!!!
Hope DL and Spence get better weather for their hols. Is FC going away with DL and OH? Camping in the rain will definitely test a teen's good humour
Yummy, sounds like it's worth sticking out the last couple of months in order to finish the course, but from what I've heard it sounds like a change of teacher will be welcome. And surely, SURELY no 1 isn't 16 years old?!? BT, how's your dad these days?
FarFar, hope the worst of Monday is behind you by now, at least. Has your boss got passed his horrible fit of post-holiday enthusiasm now?
Pippi, the flower show sounds brilliant. And it's so nice to have plants in the garden that remind you of nice times.
Any sign of Sluggie? I thought she was due back in this week? Hope she and MS have had a lovely break, they really need it after the tough time they've been having.
Apologies for absence, we have had people staying Lovely to see them, talked solidly for several days. They are both medieval history dons, and I asked them about what programme they use to handle big amounts of data. Answer: Excel! Splendid. Got that already
At long last, the heat has broken. Nearly 6 weeks of temps around 35 nearly every day, so it's lovely to have it only 28! Still warm at night, but hopefully it will cool off enough for chugging to resume soon