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To Sleep, Perchance to Dream...

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I have that ‘haven’t had enough sleep’ feel today: limbs like steel girders, heart pounds alarmingly when I walk upstairs at a snail’s pace, feel slightly sick and can’t face breakfast. I woke abruptly, see, in the middle of the night with the kind of start that sends adrenaline pumping round your body and means there’s not a cat’s chance in hell of dropping off again for at least another hour. So I lay there and listened to my husband snoring. I thought I’d turn him on his side to stop the racket only to find that he was already on his side. Oh. I contemplated moving to the spare bedroom but couldn’t quite face getting up. And talking of cats, there she was, squeezed between us in a languorous stretch; my stirrings stirred her and she decided to sit up and embark on the sort of scrub down which made the whole bed shudder, accompanied by the slightly unnerving licky, clicky, chewy sounds which only a cat engrossed in its ablutions can muster. I sighed and turned over, a reluctant witn…

While Sheep Safely Graze

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One of my plans for the New Year was to make sure I had a little walk or outdoor activity each morning, or as many as possible, before settling to the tasks ahead of me in my day. The idea was to a) get some exercise and fresh air and b) make sure I stay connected with, and get the most out of, the wonderful environment in which I am lucky enough to live. Then I can come in and put the kettle on and get on with the jobs without feeling hard-done by and cheated and frustrated that I seem to spend my whole time tidying mess, washing the smalls and sorting out everybody’s life but my own.

So, having returned from the run down to school, I decided I was going to have a go at re-building a collapsed bit of dry stone wall that is, technically, our responsibility. The fact that it has collapsed thanks to the farmer’s inability to contain or control two errant sheep who were finding our garden the sheep equivalent of the Garden of Eden over the last ten months is, of course, quite another mat…

Weather Watch

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Monday 2nd February 2009


Don’t you just love it? Bit of snow and the whole country grinds to a halt. Our co-inhabitors of Northern Europe exist happily enough throughout winter – snow, ice and all – and still manage to go to school, go to work and generally live their lives. But oh no, not here. Despite the fact that we have hoards of people losing jobs left, right and centre we don’t seem to have the foresight, the insight or indeed enough collective brain cells to plan ahead and get teams in place to deal properly with the weather conditions that may, just may, be expected in a country on the last stop before, ah let me see now, just check the map, yes, as I thought, ICELAND. Isn’t the name just a teensy bit of a giveaway? Now, children, if you’d care to get your atlases or globes out, you will also see that GREENLAND is the next stop after ICEland. Don’t be beguiled by the name, GREENLAND. No, just look at the picture on the page and you will see that GREENland is actually all WHIT…