Goodbye Sam

While running back and forth through the hallway to our front door last Thursday, Sam sat in the way – cleaning himself. He didn’t seem too keen to move, and we just thought he was being belligerent. On Friday night, I noticed him walk past me in the kitchen, with a wet patch next to … Continue reading Goodbye Sam

Ashes to Ashes

Today has been a day for reflection. A day to get through. A difficult day. Today an old friend was buried. I put on a clean shirt, pulled my suit from it’s bag, took care over the windsor knot in my tie, polished my shoes, and held my better half’s hand as we walked into … Continue reading Ashes to Ashes

Dealing with Bad News

I just discovered a guy I worked with for several years was killed in a road traffic accident on Sunday morning. His wife is 7 months pregnant. They were good friends. I called home and told my other half, then emailed all the important people at work. I’m still kind of numb. I can’t go … Continue reading Dealing with Bad News

I Should Be Asleep

I have a taxi to the airport arriving early tomorrow morning. At the time of writing it’s ten minutes until midnight, and yet here I am, still up. I thought processing a few thoughts might help me sleep. Throughout the day while standing at the side of rugby pitches, washing up, or packing my bags … Continue reading I Should Be Asleep

NaBloPoMo and Lisa

One of the great benefits of having taken part in this curious online world for so long, is you know the back-story behind things. As many of you will know, NaNoWriMo will kick off in a couple of weeks time – if you’ve not heard of it, it’s pretty simple – write a 50,000 word … Continue reading NaBloPoMo and Lisa

Rest in Peace

It started like any other Saturday. I woke at about 7:30, gazed at the ceiling for a while, checked my phone, then eventually wandered downstairs to have a shower at about 8. After the shower I made a cup of tea, and smiled at Miss 12 who was already up, and had been for some … Continue reading Rest in Peace