Cat and Cow (2.2022)

We are in the closing days of the year of the Ox. This might explain why the past year has felt heavy and slow and angry and overwhelming at times. The next year in the Chinese zodiac is the year of the Tiger, and a water tiger at that. I've looked at several Chinese horoscope… Continue reading Cat and Cow (2.2022)

Darkness on the edge of town (50.2021)

It feels like it's been grey forever. The days are short and never really light. The cloud hides the sky most of the time. I lose track of the days. On Tuesday I think, at least it's the weekend tomorrow. But it's not. On Wednesday I think it's Friday, but it's not. What day is… Continue reading Darkness on the edge of town (50.2021)

Too early, too loud, too kind, too many (46.2021)

The C Word It's still November but here in the UK attention seems to have turned to Christmas already. The radio is full of ads advising us to shop and shop and shop and buy more food and maybe buy new furniture and generally buy your way into celebrating the Festive Season. There's even a… Continue reading Too early, too loud, too kind, too many (46.2021)

We have come to the end (52.20)

Apparently it was me, last Saturday, when taking leave of my colleagues, who said, "This year can't get any worse." It was about 30 minutes after that when the government announced Tier 4 restrictions which meant a large part of the country had to cancel their Christmas plans. It was Sunday when France introduced introduced… Continue reading We have come to the end (52.20)

Tour de Tree

Two days until Christmas and I've signed off from work, so now I can sit in the living room and admire our tree in the daylight. Here's a tour around some of my favourite ornaments. This guy is new this year. I'm calling him Humpty Dumpty but my French friend called him by another name.… Continue reading Tour de Tree

Tier 2 to Tier 3 to Tier 4 (51.20)

Monday: Wake up to the smell of cat pee in the house somewhere. Husband and I both go on a sniffing mission to try to identify its location so we can get busy with the vinegar spray. We finally identify it as under the coffee table in the dining room. We normally shut the dining… Continue reading Tier 2 to Tier 3 to Tier 4 (51.20)

Champagne, cake and Christmas (49.20)

This week we reached the end of Lockdown 2.0! Now, back to what passes for normal life these days. This week I celebrated my birthday, and it was a good day. It started in the morning when I went out for a run as the sun came up. My friend thought I was mad, but… Continue reading Champagne, cake and Christmas (49.20)