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Smudge 1996 – 2007

A sad time last night. We had to have Smudge put to sleep. We couldn’t break her cycle of allergy, scratching and infection other than by repeated steroid injections, and her quality of life had plummeted.

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She will be deeply missed.

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Kent Coupling

Cutting the cakeWe hired a car and spent the weekend with Dad and Dawn, so that we could drive them to my uncle’s house in Kent for a lunch to celebrate the Civil Partnership of my cousin Simon and his now-husband Peter. They had done the official deed the day before, with close family, and now seventy of us gathered in a lovely marquee for lunch. The food and company were great but the weather was awful and at one stage we thought the marquee was going to get blown away! A brave few got soaked on the bouncy castle. I offered to bounce naked but strangely no-one seemed keen! There are more pictures in my gallery.
On Sunday we went for a short walk with Dad in Pyrford village, while Dawn cooked a super lamb lunch for us. Fully fed we tackled the road home, Graham coping wonderfully with torrential rain on the M25 and flooding on the A414.

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Wey Navigation and North Downs

A weekend with Dad & Dawn in Woking. We arrived to a turkey pasta lunch, and had time for a short walk along the Wey Navigation before the beautiful daylight faded to dusk… We gave and installed an early Christmas present in the form of a DVD player which was very well received. I never mentioned that it only cost £25 in Superdrug, but then part of the present was the installation service and tutorial! Dinner was a gorgeous takeaway from a Thai/Chinese takeaway in West Byfleet, before christening the DVD player with the first half of Saving Private Ryan. I’d forgotten how explicit the opening sequences are in their depiction of the horror of the D-Day landings. Salutary watching in between Armistice Day and Rememberance Sunday.

Today we started with porridge, just in case we were hungry. I helped Dad decide where to hang some pictures and how to have them framed. Another walk, this time to Newlands Corner. The weather wasn’t as clear as yesterday but it was still great to see the hills, something sadly lacking around Cambridge. More food couldn’t be far away: a super casserole prepared by Dad during the week, accompanied by a 1993 Chateauneuf-du-Pape. This was a little cold to show much on the nose but still had lots of spicey depth to it. Time for a short power-nap before starting our train journey back to Cambridge.

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