Farewell My Lovely*

Writing this with a heavy heart, but have decided to put this blog on hold for the time being.  My energies and enthusiasms are more engaged at present with my new cycling, bipolar and sportswear blog: Www.rapidcyclistwordpresscom.wordpress.com Can’t write two blogs everyday and it is making me stressed trying to keep up with both of […]

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The Hidden Window Mystery*

Painventory: 1.  Bum ache: too much sitting today.  And the glute machine yesterday. 2.  Thigh pains from going up and down the stairs.  Well, exacerbated by that.  The pains date from many many many squats yesterday, plus two different sorts of leg press. Leg pressing a hundred kilograms at a time, for three sets of fifteen.  Doing […]

Don’t Look Now*

Unfortunately the last scan has flagged up possible bone mets.  There may be cancer in my spine.  So, need MRI scan to investigate this further.  Here are some nice things though: 1.  Am with my Seb by the seaside. 2.  Am staying here till Monday. 3.  We have walked down to the beach a couple […]

Rope Enough*

“Right, I’m out of the door and on my way,” the message comes through from Seb at 4.04pm.  “Can’t imagine it will take me more than two and a half hours.  So: 6.30pm I reckon.  I’m training it.  Don’t feel like driving.  See you soon xxx.” “See you soon darling,” I reply.  “Please ring doorbell/ […]

The Sea, The Sea*

Seb is still asleep.  Have been awake since 7.20am.  It’s now 10.01am.  Don’t understand how he can sleep for sooooooo long in the morning.   Sunlight streams through the thin curtains.  Can hear the roar of the sea and the screeching of the gulls. We’re missing a beautiful day out there.  Just want to walk […]

The Shining*

“Seb,” I say.  “It’s eight o’clock.”  He grunts.  He’s asleep.   “Since it’s supper time,” I say, climbing over him, “I’m going to make an omelette.” Seb says “oh really,” with his eyes closed. I can do this, I think, wandering through to the kitchen.  Chopping up the mushrooms, asparagus and broccoli that we purchased […]

Tears Of The Giraffe*

“What time is it?” Seb says.   Turning to look at my watch, I say “it’s six fifty.  I’ve just woken up and am with my darling Seb. “I’d better get up and help my mum with moving some chairs,” he says. Oh good, I think.  He doesn’t want to go back to sleep.  I’m […]

Cat Of Many Tails*

Happy First Birthday to this blog. Wow.  When I started it a year ago, I could never have imagined that it would take off in such a spectacular way.  It’s been discussed on the radio, on film and in print.  It has readers all over the world. So, thank you, all of you.  Thank you […]

Murder By The Seaside*

“I’m looking forward to seeing my dogs,” Seb says as we leave his flat. “I’m looking forward to seeing all the animal people,” I say.  The fluffy monster’s mum and uncle and two sisters will be there, along with the three dogs.  Am wearing my nice dress: the short leopard and tiger print red, gold, black […]

Birthdays For The Dead*

“I’d like the new Peter Ackroyd Hitchcock biography.  Or the new Kate Atkinson.  For my birthday,” I say to my brother.  He’s shaving his head over the sink, with an electric device.  There’s a loud buzzing.  He probably can’t hear me. “What’s that?” He shouts, turning  off the electric shaver, lifting his head up. “You’ve […]