Pink teeshirts are best

(although luminous yellow are pretty good as well)

It was three in the morning and I was standing on the corner of a street in a hi-viz jacket with a cat rubbing itself against my legs. Further down the road I could just see Liz’s flashing bunny ears and in the distance I could see a snake of twinkling lights coming towards us. As they got closer I could see that they were all wearing pink tee-shirts. When they reached me I directed them round the corner and onward. It was the annual Midnight Walk for the Florence Nightingale Hospice. Most were walking steadily and chatting away although a couple of times someone not in a pink teeshirt weaved their way along the road and staggered off into the distance. Continue reading “Pink teeshirts are best”

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It makes a change

A year ago on Fathers Day I recounted how I had made several trips to Dadford (appropriate name) for one son and elsewhere before getting to the other son’s after five hours on the road. I ended saying that I hoped that perhaps next year (this year) would be different. I am pleased to say that it has been.

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Upping the ante (2) – 150 days to go

At the end of March (Upping the ante) I told you that my daughter-in-law Toni and her friend and running companion Carol have made a rash decision – they have entered the Great South Run to raise money for Cancer Research UK. This is a 10 mile unencumbered run when they are used to 10 kilometre runs which have obstacles to allow them to take a breather (she’ll probably tell me off for suggesting that that is what they are for). Continue reading “Upping the ante (2) – 150 days to go”

Genesis of a book

When I gave a talk about Antarctica to my granddaughter’s class (I survived Class 5) I was asked about how I had written “Furthest South“. I briefly (it was getting near lunchtime) explained the process of writing, revising, improving and proof reading. I could have said more had I had the time, and the time to think about it. So with a bit of thought I have managed to turn a two sentence reply into this 2,500 word essay. Now my blogs  are usually closer to 700 words so this is going to be rather longer than normal! Continue reading “Genesis of a book”

Happy Easter

 

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The bilby is a nocturnal marsupial which was once widespread across Australia, but it  has become a rare sight, largely due to predation by feral cats and foxes, plus the invasion of rabbits. The bilby’s struggle for survival sparked the rise of chocolate bilbies down under in place of bunnies at Easter. We were lucky enough to see some bilbies (which are part of a captive breeding programme) when we visited Kanyana a few years ago.  The chocolate Easter Bilby is growing in popularity, which is raising awareness of the bilby’s struggle for survival and also represents the plight of many of Australia’s native animals in the face of introduced species.

Upping the ante

My daughter-in-law Toni and her friend and running companion Carol have made a rash decision – they are going to up their game and instead of running 10k (with or without obstacles) they are going to run 10 miles. Now as regular readers will know half a mile (or the distance to the station platform when I saw the train coming) were my limit so I am in awe of anyone who can run 10k let alone 10 miles. As I said in an earlier post I think walking is a more sensible way of getting round than running which seems to involve far too much hard work. But each to their own.

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Hope they clean up before the Great South Run!

They have set up a justgiving page saying that they are running Great South Run at the end of October for Cancer Research UK. They actually managed 10k in a smidgeon under an hour the other day so they have got 7 months to work on the other 4 miles. Mind you if it’s in October they will probably be running in a blizzard (I’ll say anything to encourage them!!).

I will keep you updated on their progress (both their running and their fundraising).

Cakes and deliveries

The other day we visited a cake shop. Not the sort of shop where you buy cakes but one where you buy anything and everything to decorate your cakes (you have to buy the ingredients for the cake itself elsewhere). It was a delight. It has been going for 30 years but when you step inside the door it could have been unchanged (except for the credit card reader) for half a century or more. Continue reading “Cakes and deliveries”