Posted: 23/04/2015 at 19:34
Interesting lot of pictures on the last couple of pages. Daffodils from Aws, flower photos from TS and knees from Mick! - and a horse, which is lovely. Don't tell me the horse maintained that pose for as long as it took you to draw it?
42 years with children at home is an awful lot (you'd think they'd be more compliant when it comes to having their portraits drawn, wouldn't you?) I had 35 years, the youngest having left 4 years ago. But even when they've definitively moved out, they often require support, - emotional, practical and emergency-financial.
TS - re the "lying cheating bastard" - I will admit to having googled Hipps Hill at one point, but when I didn't find it I just thought "Google can't record every single street name in the country".
Wonderful news, that it's "only pain" and that the pain is manageable.
And yes, grandparenting is very tiring. I look forward with considerable trepidation to my 10 days holding the fort for Elder Daughter, even though both grand-daughters are now at Nursery part-time (the younger one only just started), and I'm sure my S-i-L will take some time off work, or at least "work from home" when he can.
John B - congratulations on the "scalp" - very satisfying!
Graham - lovely 7-mile run in London. Did you see lots of other runners? I'm always amazed how many there are (compared with home), pounding the London streets. I've done the run from my daughter's in Balham to the Thames, along beside it a little way, and then back; but on this last visit all I could fit in was a short trot on Wandsworth Common.
However, yesterday I was in Aberystwyth, and asked permission (which was graciously granted) to use the Uni's running track. So I was able to do the speedwork session (2 km warm-up, followed by 8 x [200m fastish, 200m jog recovery], 1 km cool-down) confident that the distances in question really were 200m. PT son wants me to do each one in 1 min 19 seconds, and I was too fast throughout, - didn't look at Garmin until the 3rd one, so hadn't realised I was going that fast; after that I slowed down a bit and finally achieved 1 min 17s for the last three.
Ceal - enjoy the ballet, and the birthday party. Have you thought of getting in a professional cleaner to help with putting the kitchen back to rights? I'm sure some of them will do it as a one-off.