Archive for December, 2011

Jellicles and Pollicles

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

One big surprise on Boxing Day was that a patch of snowdrops had come out! I don’t think I’ve ever seen them in the Old Year. I spotted them as we whisked past in the car, and went out this morning to admire them. Yes, there they were, and so was a single white […]


Monday, December 26th, 2011

There have been several important milestones with Miss Dog. She has been out to lunch and covered herself with glory (also mud). There was a mild contretemps when we arrived, and I rushed straight into the garden with her, viz., Rabbits. There is quite a colony of pet bun-buns, who had been rounded up into […]

Settling down

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

There is a significant twig under the hall table, and fur all over the floor. We have a dog again. Miss Kit is getting used to it. Miss Dog was as good as gold last night sleeping in the kitchen, but when the Professor went down to give her her breakfast and let her out, […]

New kid in town

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

I gather we have a dog! I myself am in London at the moment, having nipped down to see my mother, who wasn’t well. I’ll be going back home this evening, and meet her for the first time. The Professor says she is very pretty, currently sad and nervous, therefore whiny and ingratiating (this was […]

Stumbling Through

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

Term has been stumbled to a conclusion. All lectures have been given, classes taught, and if all essays have not been returned, this is not the fault of the Professors. The first and second years in particular appear to dread the notion of feedback; they wish only to deposit their horrid little offering and scurry […]

Not just for Christmas

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

We might just find a new dog parachuting into our lives, courtesy of Barry the Great. She is a nice, ditsy, gentle, five year old black labrador, known to him. She hasn’t had horribly traumatic experiences, but her people are splitting up and both going into rented flats … on the face of it it […]

‘Ere we go

Monday, December 5th, 2011

We woke up on Saturday to a world gone white. Fortunately, it isn’t very deep; it took the forecasters by surprise so we don’t really know what to expect. It’s very cold — still down to minus four at 9 this morning. Well, we have been very lucky so far. Meanwhile, some rather better news […]