Guinea pigs, grief and why I can’t have a dog
Oct01

Guinea pigs, grief and why I can’t have a dog

As a big fan of guinea pigs, they’re the only pets I’ve ever wanted. Until recently. I used to be quite frightened of dogs. But in recent years I’ve seen how special they are to people, how much joy them give them. I started to like dogs. Then, one day, I realised I really wanted a dog. I’m not alone in this. My younger son wants one too and even my daughter has started to want one. But, for various reasons,...

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Coronavirus, lockdown and endless cancellations
Sep29

Coronavirus, lockdown and endless cancellations

If 2020 has taught us one thing (well, it’s taught us many… ), it’s that there’s not much point in making plans. Because coronavirus, the threat of lockdown and the potential for self-isolation are always waiting just around the corner to ruin everything. I think a lot of us has had got a bit complacent, hadn’t we? Speaking personally, I was still following the rules that were there, and I think many...

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Back to school, back to normal?
Sep24

Back to school, back to normal?

It’s already been three weeks since my kids went back to school. Although they were looking forward to a bit of normality after six months at home, going back to school hasn’t really been going back to normal. Initially they were very underwhelmed by their return. As my son said, ‘It’s school, but without the fun bits’. And school without the fun bits isn’t much fun at all. And it certainly...

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Big up the athletics coaches
Sep21

Big up the athletics coaches

I think I know who the nicest people in the world are. They are athletics coaches. Athletics coaches and the officials at competitions are all volunteers. They give up their time to support young people and adults with their athletics. They are usually at least middle aged and some of them are verging on elderly. Most of them are former athletes themselves, some still compete as veterans and some are parents who started out when their...

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Farewell Cedric: A very special guinea pig
Sep17

Farewell Cedric: A very special guinea pig

Sadly, after a difficult few days, my beloved furry boy, Cedric, passed away. He fought very hard, harder than any other guinea pig we’ve known before. And we fought alongside him. For the last couple of days of his life, we were syringe feeding him liquid food and water hourly. Right until his very last afternoon, we really believed he could make a recovery. Cedric was a very special guinea pig to me. Regular readers will know...

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Worrying about Cedric part 2
Sep15

Worrying about Cedric part 2

After Cedric had lost a lot of weight and I thought I was literally seeing him die before my eyes, we took him to the vet. The vet checked him very carefully (although we weren’t in the room because of Covid, of course). He said his teeth were a bit uneven and had got sharp, which would make it uncomfortable to eat. So while he was definitely still eating, he probably wasn’t eating as much of the denser foods which he...

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