Normal service will resume shortly

November 18, 2008 at 4:58 pm Leave a comment

Well, we are now even nearer winter and I have made some progress on the curtain front. We have one curtain, and then I had an argument with my sewing machine and the rest are still in a pile while hundreds of snapped threads litter the floor.

I have made baby steps towards getting my allotment in order, but I’ve been a bit ill and flakey recently and generally only operating at about 65% of a fully functional human being. Which has not been fun. There have been tears, and snot, and mucus, and hot lemon with brandy, and agonising decisions and I think I have settled on a path that will get me out of this rut and into a life that’s a bit more where I want to be, but it currently requires much time spent on reading and supporting statements for a potential MA and might possibly require moving, which is currently under discussion.

I am feeling much less of a mess now, but I still seem to be a little short on enthusiasm, and when I’m in that kind of mood blogging can feel like just one more demand on my time rather than a fun way of being self-indulgent and verbose keeping in touch with people and engaging in debate so if I go incommunicado again that will probably be why and if you particularly want to be reassured that I am still alive and haven’t gone to live in a commune or something, then you can email me on






and I will do my best not to ignore you.


(One exciting thing I have done is go and see Percy Schmeiser talk about how GM was a terrible, terrible thing for farmers. Indeed, for everyone except biotech company shareholders. Don’t believe the hype.)


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Progress? Please? Allotment update…

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