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Back on cheese

After nearly six months of dairy-free torture, Robin has begun eating small amounts of cheese and butter again. He started with a spaghetti carbonara with parmesan and pecorino about a week ago, with fresh home-made spaghetti rolled out on the pasta mangle which hasn’t been touched in all this time. …

Gutted!

My choir is recording some Christmas carols tomorrow night, to be broadcast on BBC2 on Christmas Eve. And I can’t take part because I’ve lost my voice! I’ve had some nasty coldish lurgy (as has the rest of my office) for the past couple of weeks — possibly two in …

Big updates

I realised I hadn’t posted for ages, so I thought I’d give an update. I’ve split it up into several posts as I reckon that makes it easier for people to read. I’m sorry if I’ve spammed anyone’s friends page!

Free bubbly

So I took the day off work today to blitz the cleaning, as the house is becoming a bit of a disaster area. Robin seized the opportunity to take me out to lunch to celebrate my promotion. We decided to go to one of our favourites, Jade Garden, as we …

Cold and seedlings

Yesterday I decide that the warm weather is well and truly here. I move the young tomato and aubergine plants from the conservatory out to the greenhouse and turn the bedroom heating off, because we’ve been sweltering the last couple of nights. So in the night, what happens? Snow. We …

Paw update

I took the cat to the vet today. He squeezed her paw and mountains of gooey pus came out. We can therefore blame the neighbour’s cat, who is her sworn enemy and twice her size, for clawing or biting her. She’s now on antibiotics, so we have the joy of …

Injured cat

Our cat has injured her front paw. It’s about twice the size of the other one, and she’s hopping around holding it off the ground, and licking it very gingerly (when she’s not sleeping, which she’s understandably doing quite a lot at the moment). We’re hoping it’s just sprained rather …

Man (15) attempts rifle competition, gains 12 points

David Williams yesterday entered the National Target Sports Association competition at the Game Conservancy Scottish Fair held at Scone Palace this weekend. Mr Williams, 15, who had paid £2 to enter the competition, hit one of the five targets near the centre for eight points and the other four near …

The cat appears to be settling in. Ostensibly she’s still called Kitkat, but she’s being addressed fairly indiscriminately as ‘cat’, ‘beast’, ‘brute’, ‘pussy’, ‘minitiger’, and ‘kitty’. We think she’s missing her kittens: she will play for a bit and then roll over exposing her tummy, as if she wants milked. …