1 I realise that I need to update my sidebar, to add the Tots. The three tortoises are all doing very well, the babies toddle about a bit but relax much of the time, whereas Edweena spends hours scrabbling around trying to scale walls. Once she’s outside, I’ll landscape her pen (it has to be constructed yet) to give her a rockery. All three eat very well.
2 Squiffany’s birthday present part 2 has just arrived. I hope her mum will be able to call in and fetch it on her way home from work.
3 It’s been hailing today and is chilly. I was awake most of the night and had the electric blanket on much of the time, having taken off the winter duvet a couple of weeks ago. I think I was cold because I was awake rather than the other way round, though.
4 I’ve just finished the last book in the Hunger Games trilogy. I lent the first to Al last week and both he and Dilly read it in a couple of days – Al said he took all of three hours. Thanks to Sir Bruin for the recommendation. Furthermore, Al, Squiffany and I had a chat about books yesterday – she’s not quite such a keen reader as Pugsley, so it was good to have her so engaged with the conversation and to know that we were too. I’ve read four books (plus some pages of other books on the go, there’s never only one) in the past week, which is getting nearer to the normal level of book reading (I’ve always got too many documents to read) I’ve enjoyed all my life until quite recently.
5 Although one of them is held together a bit with glue, I have, for the first time in my life, ten good fingernails. Still pretty weak, but it’s not the usual pattern of growing for three weeks and then all breaking within days. So I’m going to call that a success.