Achieve my sixth gym visit this week. New trousers are photogenic I think. Do a mix of legs, chest, back and lat pull down and arm extensions. The exercise on the stability ball is harder than it looks – see attached and above photos.

Walk home and read The Sunday Times Style over lunchtime. Corduroy is back in for autumn apparently, which is good as long as can fit into last year’s two pairs of corduroy trousers. Fingers crossed that can squeeze into them. Have a navy pair and a bright pink pair.

Do Body Scan Meditation and rest, don’t manage to sleep. Write a thousand words of Memoir easily and quickly which is a nice surprise – was feeling completely uninspired until started writing. It’s great when that happens. It’s now 47,024 words.

May not write any of Memoir tomorrow as going to see The Death of Stalin at 6.15pm with Suzie which is the time of day when am usually writing. But that’s OK: haven’t taken a day off from Memoir for a while.

Am listening to Popular Problems and drinking lemon squash. Going to post this and then return to The Sparsholt Affair.

Happy Sunday everyone!

*2014. Song by Leonard Cohen from the album Popular Problems.

Life Of Brian*

Do chest and back weights today at the gym, as well as TRX and lateral raises. Am not very good at these: end up sliding down the board at the back. See attached lotus position photo.

Make it home for lunch and watch the first half of a fascinating film called After Hitler about what happened in Europe straight after the Second World War, complete with colour footage. It’s not very cheerful so will save the rest to watch tomorrow rather than watching it before bed. It was shown on the Yesterday channel last night if you want to watch it: its worth seeing.

Today is meant to be Storm Brian but he’s not very frightening.

The writing is a struggle today but force self to do it. Sometimes writing isn’t fun but feel better once I’ve got my thousand words. Memoir now stands at 46,074 words.

Right, am going to have some supper and read my book – The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst.

Happy Saturday everyone!

*1979. Feature film directed by Terry Jones. Written by Terry Jones, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin. Stars Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam.

Born Slippy*

It’s Leg Day at the gym today and do the Adductor (see above and attached photos), Abductor, Leg Curl, Leg Extension, Leg Press and also Lat Pulldown, Pulley and Arm Extension.

You can see my new Onzie Bell Pants in Fast Flower. They arrive this morning.

Watch an episode of Natural World called H Is For Hawk, following Helen Macdonald – author of the eponymous book – as she trains a new goshawk. Want to be a falconer! Here is a goshawk:

They are our largest hawk here in the U.K. and they are magnificent. Urge you to watch the programme.

Do Body Scan and sleep and work on Memoir which is now 45,034 words.

Am listening to Absolute Radio 90s and Born Slippy has just been played.

Must have quick bath as am going to my aunt and uncle for dinner.

Happy Friday everyone!

*1996. Song by Underworld. Appears on the album Second Toughest in the Infants.

On The Level*

It’s 6.17pm. Have just finished today’s writing and the Memoir now stands at 44,033 words so am pleased with self. It’s growing a little bit every day.

Work hard at the gym this morning. Do TRX again and all my usual weights plus lateral raises. Listen to Leonard Cohen on walk home from the gym.

Suzy will be pleased that have arranged to have my windows cleaned. She’s been badgering me about this for ages.

The pyrocanthus is flowering. Just need some waxwings.



Pyrocanthus is one of his favourite foods. Would be So Happy to see him!

Right, am going to make some supper and watch my television.

Happy Thursday everyone!

*2016. Song by Leonard Cohen from the album You Want It Darker.

Journey’s End*

Work hard at the gym, including 4 sets of lifts on the TRX machine which you can see in the above and attached photos.

Walk home in the rain and start watching the 1988 television production of Journey’s End, starring Jeremy Northam and Timothy Spall. Yesterday channel showing it as part of their Great War Season. It’s wonderful. All the stiff-upper-lip-understatement and clipped delivery is almost unbearably affecting. What we lost: on both sides of course. The pity of war. I recommend watching it on catch-up. Will finish it this evening.

Do Body Scan Meditation and sleep and then write the Memoir which is now 42,486 words.

The Party is great fun and heartily recommend it. And it’s just 70 minutes long, which is refreshing.

Happy Wednesday everyone!

*1928. Play by R.C. Sherriff. Set in the trenches near Saint-Quentin, Aisne in March 1918. The action takes place over 4 days – 18th to 21st March – during the run-up to the real-life Operation Michael. A young Laurence Olivier starred in the initial production at the Apollo Theatre. The play is now a classic.

My Oh My*

Achievements Of The Day:

  1. Have a lovely walk with Dolly. Here we are:
  2. We meet a sixteen year old Malamute called Nikki who is in rude health.
  3. Meet Hannah for a coffee. It’s great to see her.
  4. I give her Philippa Gregory’s The Last Tudor and she gives me the new Alan Hollinghurst The Sparsholt Affair which opens in Oxford in the 1940s. Can’t wait to read it: it’s meant to be brilliant and I love Hollinghurst.
  5. We have a short walk: it’s an unseasonably warm, sunny day.
  6. Have lunch and watch a programme about the young Prince Philip which is great.
  7. Do Body Scan Meditation and sleep.
  8. Write Memoir which now stands at 40,098 words. So pleased with self!
  9. Going for a romantic date with self to see the new Kristin Scott Thomas film The Party.
  10. Listening to Leonard Cohen’s Popular Problems.

Had better get dressed and get going: the film is at 6.30pm and it’s 5.25pm now.

Happy Tuesday everyone!

*2014. Song by Leonard Cohen. Appears on the 2014 album Popular Problems.q

The Storm Murders*

Work hard at training this morning on the Battle Ropes – see attached photo.

Am back at parentals with this person now:

The sky is yellow due to Hurricane Ophelia. Must make sure that my fluffy is not out in the storm…

Have had a rest and a bath and worked on the Memoir which is now 39,243 words.

Today is the Thirty Year Anniversary of The Great Storm.

Had better get dressed as have to see Oncologist – am sitting on bed writing this in a towel.

Happy Monday everyone!

*2015. By John Farrow. Book 1 in The Storm Murders trilogy starring detective Emile Cinq-Mars “the Hercule Poirot of Canada”.

Maximum Consumption*

And so to Spin for the fifth day in a row. See attached photo with The Boss and The Master. Here is graph:

Then walk Gandalf for the second day running. Feel So Happy walking Gandalf in the sunshine and listening to The Kinks.

Here we are:

We have lunch in the garden again and then the parentals bring me back to the flat.

Do Body Scan Meditation and sleep and then mess around watching Instagram Stories and chatting to New Chap. Feel drained today and need a break from the Memoir.

Now am going to watch Nazi Wives recorded last week and knit.

Wash self and hair earlier.

Happy Sunday everyone!

*1972. Song by The Kinks from the album Everybody’s In Show-Biz.

In My Secret Life*

See Dr Stein my psychiatrist.

He is pleased with me that mood has come up and was just low for 3.5 months. He thinks current drug combination is helping.

Work hard at Spin – see graph above and attached photo with The Boss and The Master.

Then walk Gandalf. Here we are:

We have a lovely walk in the woods.

It’s warm so we have lunch in the garden. Then do Body Scan Meditation and sleep.

When I wake up I answer the interview questions from the editor of the poetry magazine where my poetry will be published.

Have just been working on the Memoir. It’s now 37,025 words. Am listening to Leonard Cohen.

Am just going to post this and then have supper, cuddle my fluffy and knit whilst watching Midsomer Murders.

Happy Saturday everyone!

*2001. By Leonard Cohen. Appears on the album Ten New Songs.


It’s a tough Spin class today: high end endurance The Boss says. You can see us in the attached photo. The Boss is sporting one of the new Cyclezone hoodies. Have just purchased one. They’re lovely. Get yours here:

Here is graph:

Am able to push self harder now that mood has come up.

My chum gives me a lift home and it’s good to see her.

Have bath when arrive home. Then have lunch, do Body Scan Meditation and sleep.

Have just been working on the Memoir. Am up to 36,122 words now.

Had better put my clean clothes away. Have just had a cuddle with the fluffy monster. Then will help Mum with supper.

Happy Thursday everyone!

* 2016. Song by Leonard Cohen. Appears on the album You Want It Darker.