11 September 2022

Watching a spaniel of a morning, all ears and legs, joyously tear around a field is medicine for the soul.

6 September 2022

My two thoughts on yet another Tory prime minister.

Given Truss has been tossing political red meat to the party members during the leadership campaign, and her capacity to ‘adapt’ in the interests of ambition, how quickly will she change tack in order to survive, once in office?

While Truss argues for small-state, low tax policies, and economic growth rather than helping those who are struggling (are the two mutually exclusive?), oil and utility companies look like they are profiteering, with dividends for shareholders and big payouts for bosses coming before investment in infrastructure and such.

Doesn’t look much like trickle down economics to me.

14 August 2022

Being cooped up at home because of the hot weather feels weird. It’s a thing I associate with winter. To be stuck at home, indoors, albeit voluntarily, at this time of year is odd.

We’re all getting a bit grouchy, including the pup. We did go out yesterday morning for a short walk and a coffee, while it was relatively cool, which helped.

One more day of these temperatures, according to the forecast, and then dropping to the lower twenties. And the possibility of thunderstorms.

I’d love a good thunderstorm.

11 August 2022

It really is quite melty today. 7:30 in the evening and still about 30 degrees. I think it will be a hot night. If sleep doesn’t come easily I will watch the supermoon.

3 August 2022

Checking in with the blog after 3 weeks (is it?) of puppy….mayhem….wrangling…settling in.

Not blogging has been a good plan as it’s been pretty hectic. An incremental adjustment to a new normal.

And she is a star.

Come Friday she can go out and about on the ground, as the vaccines will be in play. Adventures await!

In between all the puppiness small achievements have been achieved.

Finally got around to setting up Google pay on my phone. Thought it time I caught up with technology. And not having to always remember my wallet means forgetting my wallet will be less of a problem.

Bird observations have been fewer and further between. All that looking down to see if our puppy has done her business instead of looking at the sky. Still, I did spot, or rather heard a flock of swift’s a couple of nights ago flying high and heading south. Maybe 50 or so. I wonder if they were leaving?

And so the summer rolls on. A very dry one at that. And looks to continue in the same vein for a while to come.

Hopefully, I’ll be posting a bit more frequently again.

16 July 2022

I keep seeing a puppy running around our house and garden - is this down to the lack of sleep brought on by hot weather and very bright moon, or perhaps a cheese dream?

No, we really do seem to find ourselves with a new puppy.

Stephen James

Minding the gaps

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