Many happy returns of the day, Exhausted. I hope the coming year brings you all that you could wish for.
Son no.2 is a plumber, and he is friends with an electrician. I have to say that neither of them are famed for turning up on time, sometimes because they are called out to an emergency ( Have you not got a phone, I ask) and sometimes because they take on big jobs which, when nearing completion, are put to one side while something else is taken on. It is very annoying for clients. And for the Mother of the Plumber!
I have a degree in English Lit. And my husband has one in International Politics. We met at University of Wales, Aberystwyth,where Columba works sometimes. We married while we were students, much to the dismay of our respective parents, and have now been together for 47 years.
We both watch the Chase and do very well on the multiple choice questions, but I would be hopeless at the Cash Builder because I am too slow answering.
My hip is fine, thank you, but it took a long time to get better and I am not sure the doctor's diagnosis was correct. I didn't go for a scan - the doc said come back if it doesn't get better - and I just thought Oh, for goodness sake, I will just wait for as long as it takes to heal by itself..I do not have a lot of faith in doctors.
The eclipse was a non-event here in East Anglia, but I watched on the television and it was remarkable. It is now a beautiful day here, sunny and fresh.
TE - I think it is great that you are all set for another marathon. You will nail it, I am absolutely sure.
Hello everybody - I have been absent for a while because Life has been happening with a capital L over the last few months. But somebody very wise once said if there were no challenges to meet it would hardly be worthwhile getting up in the morning! My runs, therefore, have been sporadic and never further than 6 miles.
I clearly have little chance of catching up with all your activities and achievements but I do know they are as remarkable as ever - so well done to you all.
Exhausted - You made me laugh with your OhNoNoNoNoNo Hill ..... It made me think of a run I do up the mountain in Spain and I come to the Pylon of Pain near the summit, and then the Pylon of Even More Pain as I get even closer!
BIW - Running with a dog can certainly increase one's speed. Whatever pace I go at my dog runs faster. I don't think it is particularly a pack leader thing. He just thinks it is enormous fun. He is 3 - so obviously I have to hang on in there for the next 5 years until he behaves like Nemo!
WtnMel - Happy retirement - but I do have to warn you that you will never in your life be SO BUSY. You will wonder how you ever had time to hold down a job.
HS - Another marathon, wow. I thought you had left those behind ( like all those in your age category when you race!)
Red - My son used to have the steroid inhaler when he suffered from asthma, but he claimed it made him feel ill - so he refused to use it. He certainly didn't become worse for cutting it out, in fact, he claimed to feel better!
'The swelter of fecundity...' Yes, I read most of D H Lawrence. I was mad about his books in my late teens. I think he was railing against what he saw as the remorseless, mind numbing lives people were living, breeding, labouring, and with few aspirations or search for spirituality. Where poetry is concerned my teacher frowned on the fact that I far preferred Browning to Gerard Manley Hopkins. I loved the line 'A man's reach should exceed his grasp or what's a Heaven for?' It is what helped me tackle a marathon! I always think GMH sounds a bit contrived.
TE - you are right about Prince Charles. I was at Aber at the same time, and so was my husband, although we did different degrees. We saw him a couple of times, but he didn't mix and was always surrounded by an entourage. It was a kind of gesture because he was to be Prince of Wales, - he wasn't there for more than a term, I think.
I have been thinking of Red today and wondering how she has got on. I am sure we will hear soon.
40 minute trot for me today , with a walk at each end. Lovely spring weather.