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Headless monster

I found this scorpion, already dead, a couple of days ago. It’s beginning to look a little the worse for wear.

Only a part of it would fit under the microscope at any one time. 60 more words

Living In Italy


People often ask what I enjoy about living in Italy versus America. There are so many pros and cons to both but one of the things I really love about living in Italy is the fresh and in-season fruit and vegetables that are available here. 532 more words


Full days

One of the worst things about illness is that your time is no longer your own.

Today we went to the hospital and queued with one set of people just for a blood pressure check, then with the same lot of people again to see the anaesthetist who had an office that backed onto the first room. 97 more words



Flanked by a miner’s lamp and candles, this Westminster chiming clock which is in need of repair came to life last night at about 3.30 am. 162 more words

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Yesterday when we went to the hospital for the lemon of a visit, we were obliged to leave Florence behind.

She’s very heavy and while I can lift her into the back of the car once, this time she escaped and then was spooked. 130 more words

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Tangled roots

Four and a half hours in the vineyard next to the house yesterday afternoon pulling weeds and matted grass away from the gnarled old vines. 78 more words


A lemon

The photo represents very well our visit to the hospital today.

Clive was told he had to sign a consent form for anaesthesia even though only light sedation is anticipated for his colonoscopy. 98 more words

Living In Italy