A tribute

Tribute: Stephen Hawking was the same age as me when he died. I survived him, but his achievmeents will definitely survive mine!
I particularly like this quote. One of Hawking's brain-jogging talents was the gift of having something to say about anything and a lot of humour and instince about what he said, revealing truths we may not have known, seen or understood. This is a lovely, whimsical example:
"The goldfish view is not the same as our own, but goldfish could still formulate scientific laws governing the motion of the objects they observe outside their bowl. For example, due to the distortion, a freely moving object would be observed by the goldfish to move along a curved path. Nevertheless, the goldfish could formulate laws from their distorted frame of reference that would always hold true. Their laws would be more complicated than the laws in our frame, but simplicity is a matter of taste." — 2010 Time magazine article

Friday, 16 March 2018

10 - Start the weekend (ongoing)

Saturday, December 5

Cleo and Gary left the cottage together once Grit and Toni had appeared to take charge of the infants. The big girls were going to meet for a biscuit-making session at Cecelia William’s house down the road. Their school-friend’s mother was German and observed all the best German traditions all the year round, and that included making mountains of biscuits for Advent. A nice custom, Gary thought as he handed Charlie a twenty pound note to pay for some of the ingredients. After all, he would probably eat most of the biscuits.

Monday, 12 March 2018

9 - Peregrine

Friday cont. 

Dorothy phoned to say that Vera had arrived on time and they were at the cottage. What time should they come to dinner?

Thursday, 22 February 2018

8 - Confessions by the dozen?

Friday December 4

Gary’s speciality was wishful thinking, but it did not stop Sandra Mansfield alias Sandy phoning the Hurley cottage in the early hours of Friday morning.
"I’m unplugging the phone from now on,” Gary said through his veil of sleep.
“It won’t help,” said Cleo, perky as ever since she did not have that paradise zone between being asleep and being awake. “I’ll get it.”
“You’re welcome,” said Gary, burying himself in (his half of) the duvet. “No one in their right mind would ring me at this time of the night!”

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

7 - Silvie's Dilemma

Thursday cont.

Siestas are a tradition at the Hurley cottage. Accordingly, after lunch they all ‘turned in’ for an hour or two.

Friday, 16 February 2018

6 - Be prepared (for anything)

Thursday cont.

It would have been truculent of Gary not to want Dorothy to have any part in what was about to happen at Pensioner’s Punishment, which was Gary’s new name for the OAP home.
Cleo phoned her colleague and asked if she would like to see the fire brigade at work. She would, as long as it was not her cottage that was on fire. Dorothy was a fast walker, so she manged to get to the home just before the fire brigade.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

5 - Pickled

Wednesday cont. then Thursday  December 3

Cleo had taken the precaution of ordering steaks for the evening meal, since she was going to invite Dorothy and anyone else in the family who felt like coming. Robert said he would deliver the meat and did, quite early, to Cleo’s surprise. He was also in a good mood, which surprised her even more. Robert had been morose ever since Brass, the village sergeant, had married Edith, who had turned out to be the village vamp and given Robert several servings of her new found sexual freedom.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

4 - Smashed and Grabbed

Wednesday cont.

Gary got to the bistro expecting the worst. Chris Marlow was already there with Ned, his forensic assistant. They had taken official photos and were taping everything for prints. An insurance expert was also there, tutting furiously and begrudging the compensation as if he were going to have to pay it out of his own pocket.

Saturday, 27 January 2018

3 - Strangers in the night

Tuesday cont. then Wednesday December 2

Later, the death at Pensioner’s Paradise was chewed over at length at Cleo’s cottage, but Toni’s new conquest had to be welcomed first.

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

2 - Who's next?

Tuesday cont.

One of the major problems of running a home for pensioners and people who prefer to describe themselves in euphemisms such as older-middle-aged or younger seventy- plus is that some of them are usually in such good shape that they outlast what you could refer to as merely pensioners passing through. They arrive looking forward to a new lease of life, but the optimism fades quite soon. Life at a home for seniors can be quite humdrum, but it is not per se lethal.

Monday, 22 January 2018

1 - The long run-up to Xmas

Tuesday December 1

December is always a busy month, not least because Xmas makes demands on everyone’s imagination and cash flow even if they have not been swathed in ritual and tradition from the word go.

10 - Start the weekend (ongoing)

Saturday, December 5 Cleo and Gary left the cottage together once Grit and Toni had appeared to take charge of the infants. The big girl...