Tuesday, June 09, 2015

What would I do without you guys? Janet, I had already read Stephen King's “Revival”, and quite liked. Now I'm halfway through “Joyland”, thanks to you, and am very much enjoying.

Medical & Life

My husband, yesterday, was much as before, drooping in his chair, no reading matter in front of him although it was readily to hand. I had hoped Monday would initiate a strenuous programme of rejuvenation. He said he had been for a walk in the corridors, and had had a bath. Today I will take him that extraordinary sequence in the Sunday Times Magazine where Roy Strong dresses up like various famous works of art. That should animate him.

Archie has survived his first day of Work Experience (that's why he's here). He is apprenticed to that magazine called List. He had expected to spend the day making tea – had asked me how it is done – but in fact was mostly working on spreadsheets, and running errands. They brought him tea. We'll have something – Nigella, again – with scallops and chorizo this evening.

Has anyone ever read Ann Scott Moncrieff's "Auntie Robbo"? I often think of it in connection with myself and Archie.


That went much better. I finished the 14-lozenge rank of the Fantoosh, and even polished off the easy first row of the 16-lozenge one. I'm now about 1/3rd of the way through, and when I finish the 16 lozenges, it'll be halfway. The yarn is holding out nicely.

And I engaged with Zilboorg. It's good. She has a lot in common with EZ – Look at your knitting.


  1. Anonymous9:27 AM

    I absolutely loved "Auntie Robbo" as a child, and recently reread it with enjoyment!

    There's also a lovely book by Tove Jansson (of Moomin fame) called "The Summe Book", which is about a grandmother and granddaughter on an island together in the summer........

    Dressed. a walk and a bath is already a big improvement in daily activity from your husband's weakest point. Give him a few days - or maybe even a much "easier" book than his usual choice of reading material. As you say yourself, when things are hard one sometimes needs something less demanding and more relaxing.


  2. Anonymous10:37 AM

    Thank you for reminding me about Auntie Robbo. I loved it too. I sympathise with you and hospital worries - my mother (97) is in hospital, desperate to get out and frightened by the procession of people coming in to prod and look at machines.

  3. I have the Zilboorg on my shelf, I should dig it out again. And see if Auntie Robbo is at the library. Sounds well worth it. I smiled at the idea of Archie asking how to make tea, then doing spreadsheets. I could use some help with mine, and I would certainly bring him tea. And cookies.

  4. Anonymous3:49 PM

    Our one-and-only nephew did a summer internship with Ireland's ESPN. His job? He maintained and updated the ticker-tape that runs along the bottom of their broadcasts. My goodness, that sounds difficult! I'll bet there were days he wished tea making was his duty! Pleased that Archie will be doing something meaningful, too.