Filed: Family Life

Onward and Upward

For someone with a morbid fear of heights, Pat did a great job of clambering 20 feet up a ladder at the front of our house to fill a hole in the mortar work today. It had been letting in the rain and there is a damp patch in our bathroom. Read more ›››

I Really Must Get Out More

The whole family is a little weary tonight. Work is probably the main reason, particularly for Pat who is up to her eyes, and number one daughter, Bryony, who has been on a work experience placement at Hope Hospital.

But the other reason is that we had a family outing to the theatre last night, and while it wasn’t exactly what you would call a late one, we really, really enjoyed ourselves. Read more ›››

Binary Powered

I had to take our dog Bingo back to the vet tonight (see last Thursday’s post). One of the wounds has become infected and whiffed a bit. Old bucket head is now on antibiotics (applied wrapped in pate) and eye-drops (mostly a wrestling match) and another £16 to the bill.

I took him in my wife’s car which is better equipped to carry dogs. On my way back, I glanced at the unfamiliar dash and thought that’s bloody binary code! This little screen read 010101. Now I know that we rely on microchips to run our cars, but this seemed over and above. You’re ahead of me – it was the odometer, but a bit of a coincidence nonetheless that I chose that moment to notice it for the first time. Read more ›››

Mood Swings

How moods can change. As I wrote my last post, the sun sneaked away to be replaced by threatening clouds. Not downhearted, I looked forward to watching footie on TV, only to see my beloved Man U fall to a late goal at Southampton. Then Man City managed to throw away a 1-0 advantage to lose 2-1 to bloody, bloody Arsenal. Am I depressed? Just a smidgin.

But if I’m unhappy, imagine poor Ma Lihau of Beijing who attempted to break the domino toppling record, only for a cockroach to bring her first day’s work crashing down. But she was ultimately successful. Perhaps I should take that as a parable for the football season. Read more ›››

Peace in Our Time

A very pleasant sunny Sunday morning in Stockport. And complete silence, the reason being that my wife and kids have taken themselves off to Blackpool Pleasure Beach. We had three all day passes left from our previous visit a couple of weeks ago and they had to be used before the end of the season. The original idea was to go tomorrow, but Pat had too many work commitments.

I must say, you can’t beat a day in Blackpool and I hope the Valhalla ride (our favourite) is working this time. It is a water ride in the dark with great effects – howling winds, freezing ice mists, tunnel of water and walls of fire to dry you off because believe me, you do come off this ride very, very wet. Read more ›››

B-I-N-G-O and Bingo was his name-o

Bingo, the older of our two dogs, went in for surgery today to remove two cysts, one on his eyelid, the other on his front paw. Neither was a major problem, but the vet thought it was a good idea to do it now before he became too old to survive the operation.

We literally found Bingo eight years ago, lost/abandoned on Werneth Low. The vet reckoned he was then about two years old, but we don’t really know how old he is. Read more ›››