We happy few

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Sorry – say what again…? 600,000 people? Oh – not just a few then. (Also, St Crispin’s Day is 25 October… but anyway.) I haven’t been on a demo for about 35 years, and R had never been on one … Continued

Fireman

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If you know someone who’s mad enough to stuff steel wool into what looks like half an old kitchen whisk, attach it to a chain, set fire to it, and whirl it round his head; and that person offers to … Continued

Alone

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I spent much of the morning enduring a second round of dental treatment on my canine tooth (the good news being that the endodontal surgeon is very happy that all the infection has been cleaned out, and has now filled … Continued

Another day, another duck

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I have ducks diving, ducks surfacing, ducks rolling snails around their mouths and then apparently swallowing them whole, and ducks rolling snails around their mouths before eventually giving up and spitting them out again, because they’re just too big to … Continued

Teardrops

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A day that began well has ended in great sadness. R and I entertained his aunt and her husband to lunch today, as they travelled back home from a short break in Gloucestershire. It was really lovely to see them … Continued

Dripping

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Absolutely nothing of interest happened today, so I won’t test your patience by wittering on. Instead, I’ll give you two of my favourite recipes for dealing with a glut of quinces (with apologies if you’ve been with me long enough … Continued

Fruit of the dead

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It’s not often that I have the opportunity – or the desire – to eat my subject, but I’m pleased to report that this pomegranate was delicious. R says that he’ll be happy to eat another one just as soon … Continued

Chirpy

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The young male tufted ducks that appeared on the Avon a few days ago are maturing fast: every time I see them their pale flank patches (which I always think of as bumpers) are getting whiter, and their crests are … Continued

Plucky

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I’m indebted to R for today’s blip: I was in my study, grimly working through a mountain of files, when he called up the stairs, “Sparrowhawk in the garden, if you’re quick.” I wasn’t very quick, on account of the … Continued

Jacob

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I went to Charlecote this morning to see if the rut had started; it hasn’t, but I think it will kick off quite soon. Some of the older, bull-necked bucks were stamping around, shouting and threatening the does, who were … Continued