Dog years

Sunday 17 February 2013

Mr & Mrs CJ won’t be getting the rescue dog they have been planning to. They may be getting a different one, but not immediately. The original dog is young, and of a breed that needs a lot of exercise and can live for a long time. Ten years or so from now, Mr & Mrs CJ may not be able to provide that dog with the active lifestyle that it needs.

[Original posting 17 February 2014]

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Growing boy

Saturday 16 February 2013

This morning the Explorer is running about outside, and talking volubly. His father does a bit of running about with him, and his mother proudly looks on.

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New neighbour?

Friday 15 February 2013

Mrs CJ has left me a voicemail, telling me that she and Mr CJ are planning to buy a rescue dog, and inviting me to have lunch with them one Sunday.

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At the end of a fortnight

Saturday 9 February 2013

At about 07:20 the bin-lorry is coming down Acacia Grove.
A cloud of water-vapour is rising beyond the school-house — quite a faint cloud, but quite a large one.
I notice that Miss Trimot’s car is lacking a wheel-trim on both its nearside wheels. The car has gone by 08:50.
There is still a little snow, on the roadway only, to the right of Vinnie’s driveway; and a little snow on the pavement at the far left of the Trimots’ garden wall.
Depending on how you count them, there are seven or eight clumps of daffodils by the side of the Old Man’s driveway. Earlier in the week, I could see only one clump, at the garage end of the driveway.
As I am about to depart, I see Mr CJ passing, no doubt on his way back from the corner shop. At first my intention is to wait for him to reach his front door, and then say hello to him; but I see him pull his mobile out of the pocket of his coat, and answer a call — so I think it best to leave him to it.
I haven’t seen Mrs CJ (though I have heard her voice and her laughter) during the entire fortnight at the Old Man’s house.

[Original postings 9 February 2014]

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Thrill of the chase

Friday 8 February 2013

In the afternoon school-run, Partner drives past the Old Man’s house, then parks somewhere out-of-sight in the direction of Cypress Crescent.
When he and the boys are returning from the school to the car, at first they are all quite close together. Small Boy is striding along, though not in such a pronounced way as yesterday afternoon, and is swinging his book-bag; Tiny Boy, who looks happy and full of energy, is toddle-running. Then Partner starts pretending to chase the boys — he is running with small steps, and with a rather high-stepping gait. The boys run uphill, then let themselves be caught, only to be chased again. I see two cycles of this game, which the boys clearly enjoy. One of the school-run mothers, a young woman with short purple-red hair, is walking inboard of Partner. She reacts good-humouredly to the game, even when Partner calls out mock-threateningly in the boys’ direction.

From about 16:15 to 16:20 the sky is almost springlike, with plenty of pale blue, and patches of pale cumulus clouds, though with no sunshine. Above the school, a big low contrail runs north-east to south-west, interrupted by a band of darker cloud. Beyond that cloud, the contrail veers further westward, then soon disappears behind another band of darker cloud which meets the horizon.

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Sandbank Shoals

Thursday 7 February 2013

At 06:40, a waning crescent moon hangs low over the Banlieue.
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Oldgreens out of the ordinary

Friday 1 February 2013

At 07:15 the minibus arrives. It cannot park alongside the Thornboroughs’ house, as the silver Smaragd is parked there, so it parks alongside Vinnie’s garden-gates, then reverses a little way. It departs three minutes later.
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Tiny Timmy Time

Thursday 31 January 2013

At about 05:00 torrential rain is beating against my bedroom window.
At about 08:00 there is some clear blue sky, but there are also cumulus clouds — some white, some dark.
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Wet afternoon

Wednesday 30 January 2013

Between 08:20 and 08:25, Mrs Pavane has parked alongside number 31. A little while later, a black Nova is parked with its nose where the sapling used to be, and nose-to-nose with Mr Fern’s car.
The Kulaks’ car passes the Old Man’s house and parks alongside number 35. Max Kulak, head shaven, gets Master Kulak out via the fpd. A ittle after 08:35 Mr Fern’s car departs, driving past the Old Man’s house — as does the Kulaks car about ninety seconds later.
Three boys get out of Scarlett’s car: Tiny Boy and then Other Boy out of the ord, and Small Boy out of the fpd. Scarlett gives Tiny Boy a shove between the shoulder-blades, to propel him towards the pavement near the downhill end of Vinnie’s long hedge.
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Return of the big red van

Tuesday 29 January 2013

Just after 07:15, a minibus parks downhill of the driveway of the Thornboroughs’ house. It is the minibus that Master Kaufman goes off in a couple of times a week, presumably to a pre-school or to some kind of therapy. The minibus can’t park alongside the Thornboroughs’s house, as a silver Smaragd is parked there, blocking the uphill half of the driveway.
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