Remember the Egyptian goslings?

Egyptian goslings Well, contrary to my expectations, they are all grown up now. With their odd pigeon sibling. And I found a non-native invasive species in the park (Regent’s) too. I was worried it was a bird corpse, but remembering Colette’s maxim “look for a long time at what pleases you, and longer still at what…

Dramatis personae

Or Who Lives in the Garden? (Running? yes 4.4 miles, slow. 1 piece of driftwood, a nice pebble) Mr B (Baldrick for long): plump in just the right way, blind, loves dairy products and water, ex-RSPCA. My cat. Also the photo shows most of the garden. Copycat (my name): frequent visitor, really wants to be…

Lovely London

I was born in London (the old Charing Cross Hospital, not the current one); but never felt the pull of the city in my twenties, as you are supposed to. But now, working in the capital almost by accident, I have realised quite how much fun it is. And by that, I mean fun on…

A moorhen

Regent’s Park, this morning. Among the utter chaos of the ducks, herons, coots, geese, pigeons and people; the moorhens are quiet and undemonstrative. If you have spent time with moorhens in a quieter environment, you will know these are not two of their main character traits. But when in competition with their bigger louder cousins…

Spamtastic

I gave myself (or rather, accidentally had) a few days off because I was feeling a bit blah. Yesterday I went for a pootle along the seafront. It took so long for the sun to come out, but once it did it was really warm. Then this morning I got back to commuting. In my…

Plodersham to Plod Bay, via Plodstable

I got the train to Faversham to run back (I had measured the distance this time). And Faversham was full of dogs. And a market for dog stuff. Turns out it was Doggy Day. Escaping the dogs, I then found a beached pirate ship in the creek. You can’t see from the photo but it…

Whitstable parkrun

I actually wanted to go to Margate Parkrun (perhaps next week), but plant greed drove me to run in Whitstable. To explain, one of the most exciting 30 minutes I had last year was the British Cactus & Succulent Soc.’s Cactus Fair in Swalecliffe. Yes I am a plant nerd. But the running nerd in…

Coasting and Parking

Coasting I don’t know if anyone else does this but I always find that London Marathon Day is the easiest day to motivate myself to go for a run. I sit snugly in front of the tv coverage feeling sincerely delighted that I am not limping past Canary Wharf for the fourth time; and then,…

Seaside and laziness

I have had a few days off and have been lazy. So you can have one run and some other stuff. So yesterday I went to Margate and actually managed to be there when the Turner was open and had something on. It was something I was quite interested in (as anyone who has suffered…

Folkestone 10

I think I have done this race at least once since 2010, though I can’t find myself in the archived results. I have a very clear memory of asking someone where the loo was at about mile 5. So in my head I have done this race 4 times, including today. And I really like…

Oops

I am going through that thing where I write parts of blog posts in my head, and then realise I haven’t actually got my arse round to posting them. Today I went for a lunch run and saw a heron preening on top of the Henry Moore sculpture next to the Serpentine. So. Imagine the…

This week

A week of wimping out really.  Two rest days, which were both unintentional. Did actually manage a long run this week though. Oddly it is more annoying to have people on the seafront here dawdling along, than it is in London. Will try harder next week,