Tag Archives: 2013

Snow

Monday 21 January 2013 Gretchen and Barney, the younger of the Jebec children, are playing in the snow mid-morning. Each has a red plastic sledge. Their school must be closed today. Later I learn from the Peakville Bugle that Acacia … Continue reading

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Short-term memory

Saturday 19 January 2013 When I phone Mr & Mrs GM, to advise them that I shan’t be coming to church on Sunday, Mrs GM answers the phone. I explain that I don’t want to travel on icy roads, with … Continue reading

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Departure and diagnoses

Thursday 17 January 2013 Another very cold morning. Shortly after 08:00 the Explorer is to be seen on the drive of his family’s house. He is stationary on his microscooter, muffled up in winter clothes. A few minutes later, the … Continue reading

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Making waves

Sunday 13 January 2013 I am talking with Mrs GA, whose daughter Emilia celebrated her first birthday on 4 January 2013. Emilia is playing on the carpet in front of us, with two primary-school girls one of whom is getting … Continue reading

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Help the ageing

Saturday 12 January 2013 Not long after arriving at Suburbia Somnolenta, I encounter Mr Jebec and wish him a very belated Happy New Year. Snow is forecast for the coming days. Mr Jebec asks me whether I have plenty of … Continue reading

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Close shave

Friday 11 January 2013 Partner’s car drives past the Old Man’s house and parks two or three foot beyond Vinnie’s garden-gates. Before he opens the nrd to let Tiny Boy out, with one hand he turns up the collar of … Continue reading

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Frost and vapour

Thursday 10 January 2013 A cold, clear morning. For the first time this visit, I see clouds of water-vapour rising beyond the school-house.

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Mrs Parker?

Wednesday 9 January 2013 At 08:03, the grey Bonsai is parked twelve inches below the stump of the sapling. After lunch I go shopping at TeraGroce. While I am getting ready to go, Mr CJ is giving Mrs CJ’s car … Continue reading

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Excitement… and anxiety?

Tuesday 8 January 2013 When Tiny Boy has crossed the road and reached the far pavement, he turns round to face the car, and does a little dance of excitement, lifting his feet one at a time. His facial expression … Continue reading

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Absences noted

Monday 7 January 2013 Not long after 08:25 Partner has parked his car, nose uphill, with its tail alongside the junction-box. During the late morning school-run, I notice that the sapling has been cut down to a stump about eighteen … Continue reading

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