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May 7th, 2009


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05:17 pm - Dear Diary
Last year I used to think my life had got pretty boring, but at present I have far to much to do. I've been busy every day and night for a week now, and I want to have a chance to catch up with my Jamaica book, but I just don't get any chance. I also want to catch the film 'State of Play' and the series finale of Mad Men which was broadcast on Tuesday night. I'll see if I can get that via the BBC website tonight. Also I want to pick up an Amazon purchase from the parcel office.

On Saturday I met up with my brother, whose daughter was born quite prematurely. She is now almost three, and she's so fit and well, and her language development is exemplary. I find it hard to believe to be honest.

A really fun thing I did on Sunday was to walk along the Grand Union canal with H. We left one car at Warwick Parkway train station, got both into the other car and drove a few miles up the canal to Knowle, and walked back. It took six hours to get back, but the great thing about canal walking is that there are lots of old pubs along the canalside, so we stopped three times en route.

On Monday I went with my kids to the Silurian sandstone at Dudley. Unfortunately the weather was awful, but we found a few small fossils. Compared to the Jurassic Coast the fossils are not highly dramatic, and half-faded. But then I think, the ammonites are 70 million years old - and that's bloody old - but these are 400 million years old. That's incredible. No wonder they look almost decayed and melted, even in stone form.

Anyway, sorry if this is a bit boring but I just wanted to do a little life update blog post.

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From:kalypso_v
Date:May 7th, 2009 04:52 pm (UTC)
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I'm very glad to hear your niece is doing so well - I remember the worry when she was born.

I thought the Mad Men finale was terrific, especially for my favourite character.
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From:communicator
Date:May 7th, 2009 05:40 pm (UTC)
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I want to see it as soon as I can
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From:communicator
Date:May 7th, 2009 10:34 pm (UTC)
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Having seen it, I'm thinking Peggy. Won;t give any spoilers but I thought she was great.
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From:kalypso_v
Date:May 8th, 2009 02:50 am (UTC)
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They were both great. I've watched That Scene several times; you can see it on Youtube here.
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From:emeraldsedai
Date:May 7th, 2009 07:21 pm (UTC)
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The canal walk sounds lovely.

I just spend several minutes with Google Maps, trying to locate it. Canals are kind of hard to spot, but I think I found it. Meanwhile, I also found a bunch of interesting material about waterways in the UK, and boat holidays--the stuff of dreams, at least from this distance!
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From:communicator
Date:May 7th, 2009 10:33 pm (UTC)
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No word of a lie, I was sitting by Hatton Locks on Sunday, and I said to H, if one of my US friends came to stay, we'd bring them here, because there's nothing like it in most countries.
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From:emeraldsedai
Date:May 7th, 2009 10:51 pm (UTC)
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Hatton! Found it! Looking at photos on Google Maps now. How lovely!

Canals are wonderful oddities of the pre-rail era, or so my impression is from reading about the Canal du Midi. As it happens, I grew up by a canal, but it didn't really go anywhere. It's still there, though. You can see it here.

Thanks for the vicarious adventure.
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From:kalypso_v
Date:May 8th, 2009 09:01 am (UTC)
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I've been up and down the Hatton Flight with watervole. She's looking for someone to take this year!
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From:emeraldsedai
Date:May 8th, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
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That sounds like such fun!

Maybe one year before I get entirely too old to travel in interesting ways...
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From:hafren
Date:May 7th, 2009 07:43 pm (UTC)
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Good news about your niece. My son was 7 weeks prem and it didn't seem to hold him back any.
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From:communicator
Date:May 7th, 2009 10:34 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I am glad he was OK. It seems that things can turn out much better than I thought possible.
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From:glitterboy1
Date:May 7th, 2009 08:59 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad that your niece is doing so well, after so much worry to begin with.

You're right, that 400 million years is incredible. I can't even begin to conceive of time on that scale, held there in my hand.

Definitely not boring! You sound quite overloaded, even if part of that is because of good and happy things that you're doing. I know that feeling, and I hope that you'll have time to catch up soon with the things that you're not getting to do - and with rest, too.
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From:communicator
Date:May 7th, 2009 10:39 pm (UTC)
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They don't look like much, a little shell on a blob of rock, but the thought of the age just boggles me. It looks like a little cockle shell.

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