Bright islands in a dark sea

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The last week has been difficult to say the least. For a start there has been the task of letting people know. This was hard enough with the family members we speak to regularly but Commando Senior had so many friends outside of the family circle and these were mostly people we didn’t know. We also didn’t have contact details for all of them. After some discussion on Friday night we decided we would have to go to the house and see if we could find an address book or contact list. Continue reading

A little garden update

Short brownish grass. The bubble will be explained later
Short brownish grass. The bubble will be explained in a later post

The weekend just gone has passed in a haze of tiredness, emotion and frantic activity. There was a little walking to keep me sane and, when I have a moment to go through the photographs, I may tell you about them. In the meantime, I’m going back to the weekend before, when we were still in limbo with one eye on life and another waiting for death to come. Continue reading

LeJog update almost into the final third

From Geograph.org by Stuart Meek
From Geograph.org by Stuart Meek

The blog posts I had lined up as drafts to post at the end of last week didn’t seem appropriate, given the circumstances so, while I tried to get my head round the loss of my lovely Father In Law I posted nothing at all. This left me with a bit of a dilemma. Did I just delete them and start over or rewrite them? In the end I’ve chosen to do neither and today’s post should have been last Friday’s. Tomorrow I will post Saturday’s post. Continue reading

Albert Keates, a celebration

A glorious sunset
A glorious sunset

The glorious sunset on Thursday night was Commando Senior’s last. At some point during the night or the early hours of Friday the world became a poorer place. We knew we’d have to let him go but we’d wanted to be there holding his hand as he set off on that final journey. In typical fashion he had other ideas, or Mother Nature did. Continue reading

A cool breeze on Weston Shore

Leaving the shade of the woods
Leaving the shade of the woods

As soon as I left the shade of the woods and stepped out into the sun on the shore I could feel the heat. The sun seemed to be searing my skin even though I’d slathered on the cream before I left home. There is no shade along the promenade unless you duck into one of the little beach shelters but I couldn’t just stay sat in one of them until nightfall so I set off along the shore, thankful that there was at least a cooling breeze blowing up from the water. Continue reading

The butterfly walk

Cool water at Millers Pond
Cool water at Millers Pond

With Mediterranean temperatures and high humidity I knew I’d have to come up with a good walking plan if I was going to get some miles in. Goodness knows I needed to as the hundred miles a month was looking more than a little short with just over a week to go. For once there was some forward planning. Ok so this only constituted a water bottle in the freezer (with the lid off otherwise they burst when the water expands) but still, it’s a step in the right direction. Continue reading

Awards, part two

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When I was nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger award by not one, but two, fellow bloggers you could have knocked me down with a baby bird’s feather. Of course I don’t write to receive awards, in fact the idea of an award had never crossed my mind until that point. Why I do write is a mystery even to me but I can’t seem to help myself and it was lovely, if surprising, to find other people liked reading my scribbles. It was even more surprising to receive another award just a few days later. Continue reading

The two bridge challenge revisited

The river path at Chessel Bay
The river path at Chessel Bay

Another hot, muggy Sunday and, with memories of last week’s walking disaster fresh in my mind, I decided on a short walk, sticking to the river as much as possible. It was time to revisit Commando’s two bridge challenge, otherwise known as my old walk to and from work. Continue reading

A week of mixed fortunes, bees and bugs

A beautiful bouquet, still growing in a garden
A beautiful bouquet, still growing in a garden

This week was a bit of an odd one. There was an extra day at work on Monday and an unexpected day off on Wednesday. In the end it all evened out and I worked the normal four days, just not in the normal order. Of course this left me permanently confused over what day it was. More than normal that is. Continue reading

March 2010 – a good news week

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This week back in 2019 it was all good news. Well, mostly it was good news, I still had a boss who delighted in making my life difficult, but I guess you can’t have everything. Some of the good news was weight related but most of it was about things to look forward to. I even managed to eat out without going overboard, maybe I was learning. Continue reading

Diet confessions triumphs, disasters, walks, recipes and stories of hope

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