Redecorating after Brunch

It all started because the milk was off. Which meant no milk for my cereal or my morning cup of tea. Of course, I could have had toast and marmalade and a coffee (I drink my coffee black). But I don’t like coffee first thing in the morning, and I didn’t fancy toast and marmalade….

A Walk to Saltaire

It’s rained pretty much every day of my annual leave. Ah well. But yesterday, the forecast was good. I had things to do in the morning, but after lunch I walked to Saltaire. It takes about an hour to walk from my house, along the Leeds Liverpool Canal. It’s geography in action – canal, river…

Flipping tyres

I go to the gym pretty much every other day. A few days ago, I was trying to do some leg raises – not normally a problem. But this time – I couldn’t lift them at all, and trying to do it caused a pain in the middle of my back. Not good!! Some background…

A Doing Nothing Day

I’d sort of thought I might go out. I’m on annual leave, and I want to start getting back ‘out there’. I had a lovely day over in York a couple of days ago. But the rain against the window was what woke me up in the early hours, the sky was heavy, and there…

Day Tripper

Yesterday I took myself off to York for the day. One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to get out and about more. But what with one thing and another, it hasn’t been easy… My first memory of York was a school trip. The teacher took us to a section of the Roman wall, and…

Corona Curves

Or Covid curves. Or love handles. Or middle-aged spread. Whatever you want to call it – I don’t like it. I’m 6lbs heavier than I was pre-Covid – and it all seems to be round my middle. It’s not a lot, but it needs to be sorted out. So – I’m going to sort it…

999

At 2 o’clock this morning I had to dial 999. It was a hot night, and I already wasn’t sleeping. But if I had been sleeping I’d have been woken by loud voices on the road outside. Male voices, yelling at each other. I assumed it was just a couple of lads passing by after…

That Was Then, This Is Now

In the strange parallel universe that is ‘What I would have been doing if Covid-19 hadn’t happened’, this is the weekend I should have had two of the grandchildren to stay. I would have been picking them up today, and returning them on Sunday, so that their Mum and Dad could get a well-deserved and…

A Walk of Two Halves

Let’s go for a walk we said. It’ll be fun we said. That was a couple of weeks ago. Friday was the best day for us, but the forecast for last Friday wasn’t good. We decided to do it this Friday. The weather might have improved by then. That was yesterday afternoon. Well, the forecast…

The Worst of Both Worlds

The gym I go to had to close due to the pandemic. But it was OK, because I was doing so much walking (6 – 8 miles a day) and lifting (25kg sacks of cement, concrete, sand) at work that I was getting fitter and stronger by the day. I must have been getting through…

Just Lovely

I was off work last week. Let’s call it annual leave – ‘holiday’ conjures up too many memories of flights to foreign places and things that might have been. Anyway. This was the week that I should have taken just after Easter, but due to You Know What, it was cancelled. Which meant I hadn’t…