Saving the best till last

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We have become a grandmother. M. Thatcher, 1989 Baby B was born in Cardiff in the small hours of New Year’s Eve, to the absolute delight of a quartet of cheering grandparents. His story, and that of his parents, is … Continued

Strange…

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This morning R and I went for what will have to be our last walk in Stratford for a while: as of midnight it will be moving into Tier 4, and non-essential travel into the area, though not prohibited, will … Continued

Snow

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It snowed on and off during the day, but even at its heaviest the precipitation was wet and sleety, and my plan to photograph snowflakes didn’t come to much. You can make out some crystalline structures here, but no individual … Continued

Duvet day

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If this journal is a record of my day, this is the image that most represents it: duvet, shakti mat, kindle, glasses, and phone. There’s a hot water bottle under that duvet too, but I hesitate to show you the … Continued

Emergency ingredient blip

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They say that bad things come in threes, but luckily I’m not superstitious, and I’m not counting. I woke up this morning, tried to turn over, and discovered that I couldn’t, because I’d put my back out at some point … Continued

Pruning

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R and I dragged ourselves out of bed at 7.30 this morning (slightly the worse for wear, in my case), and went to Charlecote. We would, we assured each other, feel better for it afterwards. This however, turned out not … Continued

Frost

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This is the first Christmas for several years when it’s been cold enough for frost. Normally we have to resort to cool boxes and ice blocks at the beginning of Christmas, to contain the fridge overflow, so it’s odd that … Continued

Love

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The weather forecast proved to be correct, and this morning was brisk but bright. Overnight the flood water in our valley had receded enough for R and me to get out of the village, so we went to Stratford and … Continued

Geode

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Despite us being on the right side of the Winter Solstice, it never actually got light today. And it rained.           And rained.                     And rained.                               And rained. By tea time the lane was flooded, and R had to … Continued

Cracked

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I’ve had a pretty productive day, all things considered. This morning our Christmas supermarket delivery arrived, with only a couple of very minor items missing, and we managed to find fridge space for it all. Then we spent some time … Continued