Evil Under The Sun*

“You can’t wear that, you’re too fat,” the panther says, watching me put on my gym shorts and top.

“I’m wearing it,” I say, not looking at him. “You’re not even meant to be here. Go away and…”

“Ah, but I am meant to be here,” the panther says, stretching his front legs and extending his back. “I’m right on time so…”

“You’re spoiling my holiday,” I say, sliding my feet into my trainers.

“It’s my holiday too,” the panther says. “Let’s go to the beach.”

My brother picks us up in his car and takes us to the beach. The sea is beautiful:

Then I meet brother’s trainer for some functional training at the beach. We do some horrible things with the little skateboard such as forward and backward lunges and the abs exercise in the picture. Also do kettlebell squats and jumping up and down on and off the bench and frog squats, rolling the medicine ball and jumping forward for five squats then backwards for five.

Get very out of breath which is apparently because functional training uses all my muscles. Trainer is pleased with me and says that I’ve worked hard.

Then sit at a restaurant near the beach and read my book:

It’s by my chum Clare Mulley who did the biography course on my MA with me. It’s about the two female pilots in Hitler’s airforce and it’s just wonderful. Recommend it.

We have lunch at the beach and after lunch I sit in the sun for a few minutes. Would look less fat if had a bit of a tan.

We go to the supermarket and then they drop me back at the house for a sleep. Rest but can’t sleep.

Am drinking coffee and writing this sitting up in bed. The panther lies next to me, resting his heavy head in my lap. I stroke the soft back of his neck.

Am going to have a bath and wash hair later.

Happy Sunday everyone!

*1941. By Agatha Christie. The twenty fourth Hercule Poirot detective novel. One of my favourites.


  1. Bridey · April 1

    I’m sorry that you fell off your skateboard. It was lucky that the mat was there though.

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    • waternymph88 · April 1

      I didn’t even fall off my skateboard! It’s meant to look like that…xxx


  2. Christopher · April 1

    What a pity that there aren’t holiday kennels for panthers

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  3. TheFeatheredSleep · July 30

    You couldn’t be fat if you tried. Though it’s not about that. Your mind is wonderful, you create a world with your words. I hope you know how smart and humorous and sardonic and whip smart you are.

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    • waternymph88 · July 30

      Thank you so much! Your comments are really cheering me up xxx

      Liked by 1 person

      • TheFeatheredSleep · July 30

        I got to the last post which was your new year post 2016. Then it stops and starts over with your latest post from today. Did you delete your old blog? I wanted to keep reading. But totally understand why you deleted it too. Either way, I don’t know if your memoir has some of what you have written here but as I read your blog (and I NEVER read an entire blog I haven’t EVER done that but I did it today!) I thought ‘this must be a book’ ‘ this needs to be a book’ – when I lived in the UK I worked in publishing, the tat we used to get and publish …. you’re … you’re the real deal. So I tell my partner about you at lunch and mostly I just hope somehow others read you because usually the best blogs are the least followed it’s because inherently people have horrific taste. So the ones who really know what’s good, they either aren’t reading blogs or they are few and far between but despite this YOUR BLOG should be published. If you ever need someone to help I volunteer myself. In any way I can. You are magnificent. You made me laugh and cry at the same time. I haven’t done that since I was tickled age 6.

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      • waternymph88 · July 31

        Thank you so much 😊


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