Thorny situation

  • 2.15pm – Monty walks into the house, limping
  • 2.16pm – I get scratched as I try to see what the problem is
  • 2.20pm – arrange 2.50pm appointment with the vet
  • 2.23pm – phone Hels
  • 2.25pm – dig cat carrier out of the shed
  • 2.30pm – phone childminder to arrange collecting Tom early
  • 2.32pm – leave home
  • 2.40pm – collect Tom
  • 2.50pm – arrive at vet
  • 3.00pm – go into examination room, juggling cat, son and Miffy toy
  • 3.02pm – vet extracts thorn from Monty’s paw, advising that if it had been left there would have been an abcess and general nastiness, and administers antibiotic
  • 3.05pm – nurse agrees that Miffy is suffering from Dirty Ear Disease and needs a bath
  • 3.06pm – nurse relieves yours truly of £32.41
  • 3.15pm – arrive home. Release disgruntled cat. Monty licks his wounds on his paw. I lick the wound on my wallet.

Words that Tom can say

  • wheel
  • car
  • cat (often whispered)
  • Treacle (trecul – very short syllables)
  • knock knock
  • tea (he gets confused on this and Monty is sometimes labelled Tea)
  • plane
  • train
  • flower
  • dog
  • Daddy (usually Da’)
  • Mama (usually Mamamamama)
  • ball (although often as gall)
  • balloon
  • wow (this one a lot)
  • no
  • tractor
  • tree (or treeee)
  • duck
  • horse
  • down
  • gone
  • hooray (accompanied by a Mexican wave)
  • aahhhh (when hugging)
  • door
  • antidisestablishmentarianism*

*may be a fib

Lady Bird Johnson, RIP.

Lady Bird Johnson, RIP.

An early proponent of environmental awareness, Lady Bird Johnson co-founded the National Wildflower Research Center in Austin, TX, which was later renamed in her honour. The Center has done much to increase understanding of North American flora and to promote its preservation. It has an extensive wildflower garden and wildflower reserve attached, and has been a place I’ve wanted to visit for many years.

links for 2007-07-06

  • International single ticketing for high-speed train journeys in western Europe – intended to rival the airlines. Would be better still if they could get through-ticketing for domestic services too – it’d be great to buy a single ticket from my local station to anywhere in Europe.