I did it….went out with nothing else but my gym clothes and walked the 2 miles to the gym. And back again. On the way I found a workman with a pile of cement and a cement-y puddle of water obstructing my path…as I scratched my chin wondering how to get past this, the workman suggested I jump over it…. I was indeed about to do so, but hesitated because I wasn’t sure my bad leg would make it over the 4 foot wide puddle and I was worried I’d end up with cement-y trainers if I landed in it….but, chivalry is NOT dead – as the young workman offered me a lift over….. on his back!… which I gigglingly accepted.
To a man, I have the most gorgeous, lovely nieces and nephews… but one of the most lovely has to be L (12). On an organised fossil hunt at Beachy Head (nr Eastbourne) this weekend, L, her Dad Rob, myself and little brother S (nearly 9) spent the morning, hammers in hand, clambering over rocks looking for (100 million year old) fossil ammonites, sea urchins and bi-valves (pic). L walked, hovering alongside me, stopping when I stopped and just making sure I was OK. She was looking after me, totally un-asked. So, so lovely. Bar a few twinges, I was indeed fine, but clambering on rocks (which is one of my favourite things to do) is still not the same as it was before. Check the stunning ability of the human body and brain, clambering over rocks…on a bike…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQ_IQS3VKjA
(Cat) Troy has got into the habit of meowing loudly and persistently around the breakfast table when we’re eating. Does anyone here speak Cat? said Rob…. we thought we could…. but since Troy was getting frustrated, me and L picked up the old copy of Chambers 20th Century Dictionary (pic) which we keep by the table and looked for meow*… or maybe it was miouw…we couldn’t find either. Time to throw the dictionary away maybe and just check the internet… but during our search we found millesimal (which piqued computer-man Rob’s interest) …and…. miscreant (an alternative word for (brother) S says L)…. plus the origins of these words….. so, it may be a whole century out of date… but the dictionary stays!…I love flipping pages analogue style.
*ps hmmm….we should have looked for miaow….or mew