Started Early, Took My Dog*

Wake up too bloody early for holiday about five o’clock. Cuddle my new owl πŸ¦‰ Stonham.

Have breakfast with the family at eight thirty. Then my friend visits who I haven’t seen since 2013. It’s so lovely to see her. We agree to try to see each other more often.

Then meet Maria for lunch πŸ₯— – have a warm goat 🐐 cheese salad. It’s delicious:

We go for a walk through a cemetery, through the woods 🌲 🌳 and around the lake. She takes some author photos for me.

Here is Maria with her new Rumanian rescue dog Roxy:

We meet my parents sitting at the lake and they drive me back to the hotel 🏨 for my sleep 😴.

The Cattery send photos of Fluffball enjoying his holiday:

Am watching Diego Schwartzman vs Dominic Thiem. Rafa not on till two matches after this. In between I have my Room Service supper and a Zoom meeting for my Astrology Course.

Happy Tuesday everyone!

*2010. By Kate Atkinson. A Jackson Brodie detective novel.

The Adventure Of The Copper Beeches*

Have a good long sleep from ten o’clock last night to six forty five this morning. At seven o’clock bang on Mum’s door for my morphine but she doesn’t hear me. Call her. She hadn’t yet put in her hearing aids.

Have a lovely breakfast:

I love our hotel 🏨 it’s so pretty, although there is a beam above my loo which says Mind Your Head. Have banged head on it about fifteen times.

We visit the Suffolk Owl πŸ¦‰ Sanctuary in Stonham Aspal. It is wonderful. We see So Many Owls πŸ¦‰ and other birds of prey:

This is Taiga the Great Grey Owl whom I am sponsoring. Isn’t he wonderful?

Have a bit of a scare when I can’t find my codeine and back is in agony. Mum brings my morphine from the car. It’s good in a way that I now know that I really need all the opiates that I take.

Then we have a coffee β˜•οΈ at the bistro:

Dad sits with me whilst I have some scrambled eggs πŸ₯š on toast and a green salad πŸ₯— for brunch as I’m visiting Maria at the stables 🐴 at lunchtime and don’t want to be hangry.

We see the flying display which includes Auckland the Boobook owl πŸ¦‰. He is Australian:

Mum buys me a fluffy owl. He’s called Stonham:

At the stables I groom Cuthbert and then Jenny leads me around the school and the farm. It feels great to be on a horse 🐴 again. Isn’t he a gorgeous boy?

Walk with Maria around the farm, taking photos of old farming equipment. Here she is with her new adopted Rumanian dog πŸ• Roxy who the vet thinks is a beagle cross. She is very sweet and likes me which is good.

We listen to The Copper Beeches on the way back to the hotel 🏨. It’s wonderful. It’s one of my favourite Sherlock πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ Holmes stories.

Then I meditate and sleep.

Wake up and have acquired a new client for whom to do a reading, so I rattle that off:

Right: had better prepare for supper.

Happy Monday everyone!

*1892. By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Sherlock πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ Holmes story. One of my favourites.

The Man With The Twisted Lip*

Wake up late for me at six o’clock. Do my Season Of The Witch Tarot Challenge. It seems very lonely in the house with no Fluffball 😒.

Visit Mum at seven o’clock for my morphine. Take some cardigans and swimsuit 🩱 out of rucksack πŸŽ’ and take them into parental bedroom for Mum to pack them in her suitcase 🧳.

Have breakfast. Talk to Maria who am seeing tomorrow. Plan to have bath πŸ›€ but by the time I get around to it, after helping Mum pack, there is no hot water πŸ’¦ so don’t achieve bath.

Rafa is playing Petr Korda’s twenty year old son Sebastian who is about six foot seven and has a fearsome backhand. Rafa isn’t in the mood for messing around and takes the first set 6 – 1. We set off after Rafa is up a break and leading the second set 2 – 0.

Listen to The Man With The Twisted Lip and The Five Orange Pips on the way to Lavenham. Arrive at three thirty in the afternoon. Comb through my orange wig with my wig comb.

Meditate. Fall asleep at about 3.48pm and don’t wake up until Mum hammers on my door at six fifteen. It’s supper at six thirty.

Dinner is wonderful: Jerusalem Artichoke soup πŸ₯£ followed by gnocchi with peas, Parmesan and cabbage πŸ₯¬ and then a Vanilla Parfait with crunchy roasted pecans, blue cheese and poached pear 🍐 to finish.

Rush back to my room for @thecrystalinn Live Crystal Sale. Have just finished that. Going to call Mum and ask her to bring morphine: they are just next door πŸšͺ.

The Swan 🦒 Hotel 🏨 Lavenham is Tudor and keep bumping head on beams. It’s so pretty here.

Right. Bedtime as breakfast at 7.45am tomorrow and then meet Maria at ten o’clock to visit Owl πŸ¦‰ Sanctuary.

Happy Sunday everyone!

*1891. By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Sherlock πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ Holmes detective fiction story first published in The Strand magazine.

Magpie Lane*

I can’t believe I almost forgot to write a blog.

Wake up at 5.30am and do my Season Of The Witch Tarot Challenge:

Work hard at Pilates and teacher is pleased with me.

Say goodbye to Fluffball as Mum takes him to the Cattery for his holiday:

Haven’t been well enough to walk Gandalf so his lovely owners bring him round to see me:

I kiss and cuddle my precious boy. It’s so good to see him.

Lunch is baked potato πŸ₯” with baked beans and cheese πŸ§€ and salad πŸ₯—.

Aunty and Uncle visit us in the garden as it stops raining for an hour. My wonderful Aunty brings me my favourite cheese and celery sandwich πŸ₯ͺ from Marks and Spencer which is so kind of her.

Meditate and sleep. Wake up and have pineapple 🍍 and ice cream 🍨.

Finish Magpie Lane by Lucy Atkins. Only started it yesterday. It really is unputdownable: a psychological thriller set in Oxford. Highly recommend it.

It feels all lonely in the house without our Fluffball 😒.

Going away to Suffolk tomorrow to see Maria. Can’t wait. Hotel has an outdoor jacuzzi so pack a swimming costume. As usual case is full to bursting and have to take pink rucksack πŸŽ’ and a shoulder bag. Need to take a couple of summer dresses out of the case and put in some with covered shoulders.

It is raining again now. Hope it doesn’t rain 🌧 all the time we are away. On Monday we are going to the Owl πŸ¦‰ Sanctuary where I’ve adopted a Great Grey Owl. Excited to meet my owl. Also if it’s raining there won’t be flying displays which would love to see.

Happy Saturday everyone!

*2020. By Lucy Atkins. Psychological thriller.

Farewell, My Lovely*

Leaving Abroad today and we’re really not ready to go home. Will miss this view:

And of course will miss my darling brother and all his friends, colleagues and the family members who live here. Can’t wait to be back at Easter.

Strip the bed and tidy up a bit.

Walk to the gym. Do light weights and some Pilates. Here I am:

After my Astrology Diploma need to do a Kabbalah Course. Here is the Kabbalah Centre in the same building as my gym:

There is a Tarot spread in that Tree of Life pattern.

Sitting on my balcony having a coffee and looking at the beautiful sea 🌊. Love it here so much.

We will have lunch here and then brother is driving us to the airport as no trains due to engineering works. At least we found that out yesterday in good time.

Am going to miss the sunshine, but, as I wrote yesterday, have plenty to which to look forward in December: Champions Tennis; Self Love Advent Challenge; meeting some Mel Wells Goddesses and some Persia Lawson Get Your Soulmate ladies; Astrology Diploma; Pilates Instructor Course work; Tarot Challenge.

Happy Thursday everyone!

*1940. By Raymond Chandler. The second Philip Marlowe hardboiled detective novel. A classic.

Gym Rat And The Murder Club*

See my brother’s hardcore functional trainer for an exhausting session at the gym:

This person is there and comes over to me for a cuddle:

Then we go out for lunch.

Walk home, meditate and sleep.

Pack. Feel sad about going home tomorrow but looking forward to:

  1. Seeing my Fluffball.
  2. Pilates and Gandalf on Friday.
  3. Barre on Saturday.
  4. Returning to my flat.
  5. Champions Tennis 🎾 on Sunday yay!
  6. Self Love Advent Challenge in December.
  7. Meeting the Love Hub girls on 7th December for lunch.
  8. And some Goddess Collective ladies on 7th December for dinner.
  9. Dolly on Tuesday.

Dolly’s owners had mentioned me walking her twice a week starting soon so will remind them of that.

Am leaving books three and four of Knaussgard with brother.

Happy Wednesday everyone!

*2016. By Lawrence Block. Two short stories.

Murder Beach*

Wake up at 5.30am and finish my Knaussgard book. Wish that I’d brought books five and six of the series with now.

Am at the gym by seven where I do light weights and Pilates.

Mum’s cousin visits and we have lunch in a restaurant on the beach which is lovely. Sunbathe and even have a dip in the sea 🌊.

Really don’t want to go home. Am having such a good holiday.

Email the cattery this morning and they write back that Fluffball is happy. Am looking forward to seeing him at least and cuddling him.

Happy Tuesday everyone!

*2011. By Raymond Embrack. A Peter Surf detective novel.

Dancing In The Dark*

Wake up at seven o’clock and set off for the gym at quarter to nine.

See my brother’s trainer there. The owner of the gym is pleased to see me. Here I am:

Here is another gym client:

My abs hurt from training yesterday which I realise when I lie down on the gym floor to do some reverse curls.

Walk home.

Go with brother to pick up some felafel for lunch. The man in the shop shapes the balls, very quickly, using an ice cream scoop.

My brother’s friends visit for lunch. Finally, I can wear my Hayley Menzies Leopardess πŸ† playsuit:

Module 4 of the Mel Wells Intuitive Eaters Academy and some more of my Get Your Soulmate work.

Have a sleep.

Have started reading Book Four of the Knaussgard series. My Norwegian friend Lars appears in this book as a character named Nils Erik. He shared a house with Knaussgard when they were younger. Am not up to him yet.

Unload the dishwasher with brother and put my clothes away which Mum has just washed.

We are going out for dinner with one of my brother’s colleagues tonight.

Happy Monday everyone!

*2010. By Karl Ove Knaussgard. Book four in the My Struggle series.

Evil Under The Sun*

Hardcore functional training session this morning with my brother and his trainer. Many different abs exercises on the little skateboard πŸ›Ή here’s one:

Then we visit the beach:

Swim in the sea 🌊! In November!

Then have massive lunch in one of the beachfront restaurants.

Come back to the house for a sleep. Am so happy here. Wish we lived here.

They are going out for dinner and I’m going to stay here, do my Get Your Soulmate work and get cracking on the fourth Knaussgard book. Wish had brought more than two of the series with me as read almost a whole one on the plane.

Am so tired. Am back in bed. Had a great day. Looking forward to the gym tomorrow. Then a couple of brother’s friends are visiting us for lunch. Looking forward to seeing them.

Happy Sunday everyone!

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

Waterloo Sunset*

So last night we go to some friends of my brother for dinner. It is lovely but I leave about 8.20pm as am not an evening person these days.

Wake up this morning and have a bath. Do Modules 5 and 6 of Get Your Soulmate. Just Module 7 left now which is a big one: can see that the video is 36 minutes long.

Then we drive to my cousins in Herzliya for lunch which is Sabich: boiled egg, hummus, salad πŸ₯— and aubergine πŸ†. It is lovely and great to see my cousins and sit outside in the sunshine in November.

Wear my Joseph Ribkoff navy dress which I love:

My cousin has Bird of Paradise plants:

We arrive back in Haifa just in time for sunset πŸŒ…:

It’s so beautiful here: I don’t want to go home!

The cattery posts a photo of Fluffball enjoying his stay:

He is in his heated bed so I guess it’s cold at home. Let’s check…ten degrees and raining. Here it was twenty two today.

Tomorrow am seeing my brother’s trainer at ten at the gym for some hardcore functional training. Am looking forward to it.

Mum is making quiche for supper.

It’s been a year since I met my Advent Challenge Goddesses and started on my whole Mel Wells self improvement journey. So much has changed in a year: started my Pilates Instructor Course; qualified in Cryptozoology, Wicca and Tarot; started studying Astrology; attended the Self Love Summit and some Goddess brunches; started teaching Pilates. Wonder what next year holds. Hopefully a great relationship now I’m doing Get Your Soulmate. Am really looking forward to this year’s Advent Challenge with all my Goddess Chums. Am meeting some of them for dinner on 7th December and, somewhat annoyingly, meeting some of the Persia’s Love Hub girls for lunch that day. I hardly ever have plans and when I do, they have to be on the same day. Sigh πŸ˜”.

Have a short sleep this afternoon.

Happy Saturday everyone!

*1967. Song by The Kinks from the album Something Else.