Year: 2009

August 31, 2009

I am back home again in Market Deeping, having been away since the beginning of June, apart from a few flying visits to take care of things. I arrived back Saturday night, but haven’t really done that much – unpacking my clothes, and sorting them…

August 27, 2009

Mum’s service was today, at South Essex  Crematoriums, in Corbet’s Tey. The service went well, we had a lady minister called Lesley, who had come round to see us the previous Sunday, and talked to us about mum. She turned our notes and what we…

August 22, 2009

Many thanks to the folk who I dined with last night, for introducing me to The Crispy Duck, where we enjoyed… Crispy Duck, and lots of it. It was just the kind of evening I needed, and the Haagan Dazs to follow was the cherry…

August 15, 2009

I’ve made a couple of passing comments about mum being in hospital, but haven’t gone into details, until now. Mum was quite a private person, and didn’t like a fuss being made about her.

Unfortunately, she died in the early hours of Friday morning. We are now telling friends and relatives more about what happened, so I thought it appropriate to post here, for those of you in the filk community who had met her at conventions, and knew her.

August 8, 2009

Another brief trip home, and was pleased to see that the garden – while terribly overgrown (a problem for another day) is still producing veg. I picked another box of sugar snap peas (now too fat to be used as sugar snap, really, but fine…

July 25, 2009

Have just finished this excellent book, a fantasy novel set against historical events. In 1845, Sir John Franklin led an expedition to find the fabled Northwest passage, an artic sea route between the Atlantic and Pacific. The two ships HMS Erebus and HMS Terror were…

July 13, 2009

… and this is nothing like a good system. Mum is back in hospital (as planned), and she has a pile of routine outpatients appointments that I needed to cancel for her. Although her appointments are all for the local hospital, Whipps Cross, they are…

July 6, 2009

With my being away in London a lot recently, the garden has suffered. Since my last trip home, a glitch hit the automatic watering system, and we have also had some very hot weather. As a result, my fig tree has lost all of its…

July 4, 2009

July 4 rolls around again, and with it comes the 50 Songs in 90 Days Challenge. The challenge runs from July 4 for 90 days, and the aim is to write 50 songs in that time. Originally a Yahoo! group, the challenge group moved over…

June 15, 2009

While here, I have managed to have a look at the garden, and may do some more tomorrow, before going back to London. The bad news: my Pak Choi has bolted, my courgettes have withered and the strawberries appear to have been mostly eaten by…

June 15, 2009

Have just got back from 2 weeks in Dorset, with Mum. We had a good time, and good weather. While there, I was not net connected, but I made some notes and took some pictures, intending, at some point, to retrospectively publish some of the…

May 23, 2009

I’m happy to say that the main pear tree is looking very healthy. I have been religiously removing leaves at the first sign of the mite, and it has kept it under control. It also has an incredible crop of pears growing – too many…