Category Archives: gloom

Carrying heavy stuff

Last weekend I finally sorted through the last boxes of belongings from moving house and packed up eight plastic crates for the loft.  Some were heavier than others but lifting them up the stairs and then up the ladder to … Continue reading

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Navigating the darkness

I’m thinking that if anyone attempts to write a blog post like this, they probably won’t be in the middle of the darkest time.  I know my perspective is easier at the moment and I’m asking you to bear with … Continue reading

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Removing your baggage

The News Quiz on Friday (23:30 in) included a story about the updated Paddington Bear film, and Sandi Toksvig quipped that Paddington would still arrive at the station, he’d just be ‘removed and destroyed by the security services’.  Holly Walsh … Continue reading

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Collapsing a little

Last weekend I suffered what I am calling a ‘minor collapse’. Or mostly, my house did. I heard some sort of crunch of damage on the Friday evening but it sounded a moderate distance away and it was too dark … Continue reading

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Losing something precious

This isn’t the blog post I wanted to write. I wanted to write a hopeful and rejoicing blog post about things being lost then being found. Instead it has to be about things being lost and staying lost. My lovely … Continue reading

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Running on empty

It’s getting toward that point in a long term (or semester, even longer) where you feel you really haven’t got much more left to give.  I think this is partly why I haven’t blogged for a while – I find … Continue reading

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Manning the lifeboats

I’ve only once been in any particular difficulty at sea, and that was when we ran aground half an hour into my first day’s sailing. We didn’t have to call the Croatian coastguard, thankfully, since there was a lead boat … Continue reading

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