Life, photos but not the universe

Barney takes off and I sit back a bit.

Yesterday I enjoyed the heartening sight of Barney, vanishing down the road in the Fireball (LX5 – Mazda).  We faffed around for half an hour or so after discovering that its battery was as flat as could be expected after sitting waiting for him to pay it any attention for three or four weeks.  After moving all the vehicles around a lot we got it charged and he purred off into the sunset.  Brilliant.

I think the difficulties of lowering his large frame through the small door has put him off but now it’s so sunny, with the roof down, it’s not quite so difficult to climb/fall into and as it’s automatic, he doesn’t need his plastered leg for driving it.  We can’t quite see how he could get the wheelchair into the boot though so he’s not completely free yet.  I’m wondering if he could strap it onto the luggage rack – not exactly stylish but much easier to get hold of.

And today, we went into town and he had a haircut while I bought bacon.  Good to know we’ve dealt with some of life’s essentials.  Then I drove us to Salisbury to collect spars for the other two thatchers.  All I shall say about that is that the pickup is still a lot of hard work to drive.  And spars (about halfway down the page if you’re interested in following the link) are remarkably heavy and ridiculously pointy.

Then I made dinner extremely quickly and drove to Oxford to be bookish with Mrs Middle and the other two members of our (extremely exclusive) book club.  This month’s book was my choice and I’m afraid it wasn’t brilliant.  I chose “The man who rained”  by Ali Shaw because I’d enjoyed “The girl with glass feet” a lot; charming and whimsical and who could resist tiny flying cows.  Unfortunately, the raining man was just wet and so was his love interest.  Shame. Never mind, we had a stunning Moroccan meal and a good laugh.

And tomorrow it’s grandbaby minding day.  I think I shall find that quite restful.

Some irrelevant photos taken a week or so before the green took over.

Looks like we aren’t going to have drought weather for the Jubilee after all.  I expect HM is quite pleased about that.

May 31, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Good for Barney, he’ll start to feel things are getting back to normal now.

    Are spars what we call brawtches (sp?) in East Anglia? – that is about the only thatching term I remember, so don’t assume any more knowledge!

    Comment by Z | May 31, 2012 | Reply

  2. Bratches I think Z, yes! I keep forgetting to ask Barney who your thatcher might be. And Yay! he’s taken himself off to the pub. (I may have to go and fetch him later, though if he seems a little over the odds I expect someone will bring him back for me.)

    Comment by letouttoplay | May 31, 2012 | Reply

  3. What is it with Thatchers and Sports Cars?

    (oh I’m thinking of Mark)

    Comment by Rog | May 31, 2012 | Reply

  4. Glad he seems to be getting better, was in Salisbury myself today, chemo, bet spars were more fun, although probably not driving the pickup. X

    Comment by Zig | May 31, 2012 | Reply

  5. Thank you Rog – just wondering how you knew Mark Lyons, the thatcher. (drove a Jaguar).

    Oh I hope it’s going alright Ziggi, xxx

    Comment by letouttoplay | June 1, 2012 | Reply

  6. ((((((((( Zig ))))))))))))) (sending prayers cuz I can and it’s just what I do…….)

    And I spent way too much time investigating spars and the handiworks of the master thatchers….wow….. Seriously–WOW. I think I looked at every page, every photo—

    I agree with Z–good for Barney to be finding a bit of normalcy and independence with that bum deal he’s got going on. I’m hopeful it’s healing and he’s that much closer to losing the plaster.

    It’s a shame about the book, but as long as there was a good meal/good company attached–what the heck! 😉

    I love the B&W photo.
    I need to do that with the camera I think.
    I forget and get busy and forget I wanna do that!

    Comment by Mel | June 2, 2012 | Reply

  7. He gets to change the plaster next week Mel – hopefully for a weight bearing one which will make life much easier.
    I do the B&W afterwards with photoshop. The camera can do B&W but I’ve heard it’s not so good.

    Comment by letouttoplay | June 4, 2012 | Reply

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