So what’s been happening here?

Well, January is the month to be glum, and thanks to the train strikes, we’re all being glum from home.

Nothing works. And to prove it, some of us are stopping work. So while the rain rains – and it is – and the wind howls – and it was – we’re moaning. We do pause occasionally. Recently it’s been to fret about the brotherly I-said-you-said, soundbites-at-dawn storm, that’s swirled our way. We’re still writing the chorus for that, and it’s proving darkly occupying.

This morning I was wondering whether any whales passing these islands can hear our song? And if so, what it sounds like? I imagine it sounds like a miserable humming, with crescendos here and there as we add the woes of others to our own. Perhaps that’s why there aren’t many whales around here – too glum. Although maybe not for walruses.

Thor, a fine young male, turned up in Scarborough at New Year. He didn’t stay long though, which leaves me thinking perhaps he’d been sent by the whales on some sort of reconnaisance mission to find out what’s going on.

Hope there’s a cheerful noise where you are.

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Walking for RUH Bath – thank you!

This photograph is for Karen, whose donation is “to honor those who have struggled with cancer and in memory of those we have lost”

The walk along the Cotswold Way has now raised £2,150! All of it will go towards “providing ‘gold standard’ treatment and support for patients and their families”, as part of the Forever Friends Appeal of the Royal United Hospitals Bath.

Your support, and the shade from trees, kept me going as I walked towards Katrina, in Bath – thank you.

Here is a little more information about the walk.

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Walking for RUH Bath – day eight, time to ponder

It was a another solo day today. My start was along this path with a stream running beside it, and there was an extra skip to my shoes with the news that the walk has raised over £800.

Thank you from every blister and each aching leg. So fantastic! And thanks for the messages.

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