Author Archives: BLEKE

Another price-check

Friday 15 June 2012 At the garage I pass by, unleaded petrol is 132.9p per litre. I have already filled up, at a lower price, when shopping at AltGroce. [Original posting 15 June 2013]

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Three bags full

Thursday 14 June 2012 After lunch, I mow the back lawn, and fill a third plastic sack with clippings. From about 12:30 (when the schoolchildren are returning from lunch) to 14:20+ (when I’ve finished mowing the back lawn), a burglar-alarm … Continue reading

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Not had my chips

Wednesday 13 June 2012 At 08:24, a black 56-registration Nova parks outside number 35. The driver has difficulty mounting the kerb. Two minutes later, a blonde woman with a green-and-white umbrella descends past Vinnie’s, followed by two girls in anoraks … Continue reading

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Re-use and recycling

Tuesday 12 June 2012 I have arranged to visit cousin Naomi this morning, and to take her some of the Deceased Lady’s cardigans so that she can try them on. We have also agreed that I’ll take her old portable … Continue reading

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First morning after half-term

Tuesday 12 June 2012 At 08:27 Scarlett arrives, and parks a little way onto the pavement, with the tail of her car level with the far end of the junction-box. Mrs Parker then arrives, and positions her green Escargot behind … Continue reading

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Traffic-chaos tomorrow?

Monday 11 June 2012 Today is the last day of half-term. I remember Mrs CJ telling me, when I visited her for coffee on 23 May 2012, that the coming half-term would be “a ten-day break”. [Original posting 11 June … Continue reading

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Fallen down a crack?

Sunday 10 June 2012 When I arrive at Peakville, towards lunchtime, I find that I have received a card. It turns out to be a Christmas card from cousin Z and her partner. The postmark is 22.12.11. Where has the … Continue reading

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Obsessions of our children

Tuesday 29 May 2012 After breakfast, I see the Explorer and his parents setting off from their home. For the first time in a long time, the Explorer is on his scooter. He is wearing a helmet. His mother has … Continue reading

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School of Silas Wegg

I have assigned fanciful names to some of the people who take part in the school-run to and from Acacia Primary. What their real names are, I have no idea. And I have no idea where most of them live. … Continue reading

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Clumsy parking

Thursday 24 May 2012 Just after 08:30, a green Escargot reverses very clumsily up onto the pavement outside the house opposite the Old Man’s house. The car reverses further, towards the garden gates of that house, then moves forwards, and … Continue reading

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