JJ - I've been wondering how your gardening was going, given the general pressure of Life you've been under recently, - send us some photos when it's looking good, won't you. I've been gradually enlarging a circular bed (in the middle of which are 4 blueberry bushes); hard work as it involves digging out turf and the soil here is heavy clay.
Exhausted - I wish I could make an approach to playing Beethoven piano sonatas, but the only instrument I ever learned was the violin (and was never much good at that); can't even read the bass clef. I was listening to a CD of Chopin Polonaises (pianist: Rubenstein) yesterday while ironing, and "plinkety-plink" it totally is not! It purrs, it ripples, but never a plink to be heard.
LOL at dogs being bracketed with religion and politics as a subject not to be embarked on!
Aws - I think I've heard that one before (about the goat) but I can't remember the answer.
WelshPoppy - glad you're feeling better. How truly infuriating, especially - as Ceal said - as you had to pay for the hotel room. One of the people in "my" running club did the Cardiff half after a night of D & V, - apparently she made it round on the strength of 5 Immodium tablets! A pity about Liswerry, - I was told it fills up quick (only 700 places), so applied the very day it opened.
Ceal - my bit of Wales seems to specialise in hills that actually get steeper, the higher up them you go.
Red, I do indeed seem to have recovered from that half. Planning a bit of a tempo run tomorrow, then a longish run Saturday or Sunday, but after that I'm away for a week (pilgrimage to Avila!) with no plans to run.
I must say I haven't had such negative experiences with dogs that many of you have. The ones I meet when running either ignore me, or they're on leads, or - occasionally - not on a lead but owner grabs it by the collar as I approach.