I have of late, wherefore I know not . . .
. . . lost all my mirth, forgone all custom of exercises; and indeed, it goes so heavily with my disposition that this goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory; this most excellent canopy, the air, look you, this brave o’erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire,—why, it appears no other thing to me than a foul and pestilent congregation of vapours. What a piece of work is man! How noble in reason! how infinite in faculties! in form and moving, how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension, how like a god! the beauty of the world! the paragon of animals! And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust?
Hamlet - Mad, bad, or just misunderstood? Discuss (25%)
Oh, I’ve had a day of downs and ups. I’ve been doing some tiling in our new ensuite . . . and there was a problem with the adhesive / tiles / substrate / idiot using the stuff that meant they all fell off today. It was like being six years old, and my box-cart’s wheel falling off again. Oh the temper and lack of reason - letting go and feeling the fury. I’m glad I was alone in the house, & have no idea where it came from - there may be some issues buried somewhere.
And then the highs . . . Wife is away tonight (which is a low), but that meant I had Daughter all to myself . . . So after school we went to Wet and Wild. No, this ISN’T anything to do with the film that . . . uh . . . a friend of mine once watched when he was a student.
It’s a water park thing near where we live, and a great place to be if you’re six. Lots of slides, floaty things to drift around streams on, slides, fountains, slides, wave machines, slides, Jacuzzis, slides, etc. You get the picture. Did I mention that there are slides?
Anyway, we had a mostly brilliant time - Daughter still gets a little nervy around slides, and we went down one that was steeper / faster than I remembered. She got a bit freaked out, but thankfully there was an easy exit half way down.
I also wore some swimming trunks that I bought two years ago when I first started triathlon. And they only just fit me now - rather too loose and baggy. Either I’ve lost weight, or the Lycra’s just not lasted so well.
When we got home, I cleaned & cut three potatoes into wedges, and steamed these in the microwave for five minutes, before shaking in olive oil, salt, pepper and tabasco, and roasting in the oven at 200ºC (390ºF) for half an hour while we took Huge Dalmatian for a walk.
So we had a supper of the fantastic sausages from Anne Gray at Ravensworth Grange farm. Sadly it looks like Anne won’t be delivering the Aberdeen Angus steaks I’d been looking forward to this month - the foot & mouth outbreak will mean that she (and every other livestock farmer in the country) is effectively grounded again.
Foot & Mouth aside -great sausages, beans, and potato wedges for supper with a chatty, happy Daughter. It just doesn’t get much better than that!
I’m now sure I can fix the tile situation at the weekend
Absolutely the best steak, burgers, lamb and sausages I’ve EVER had.
Tel No. 0191 4877221 Ravensworth Grange, Kibblesworth , Gateshead, NE11 0HX firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you live locally, make sure you get in touch with Anne to place your order now - hopefully she won’t be grounded for too long, and once she’s back in business, I just know there’s going to be a queue for her products!
- Type: Swim
- Date: 09/12/2007
- Time: 14:28:29
- Total Time: 1:30:00.00