What A Treasure!

Hey,

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We are now at the midpoint of the week, but I am beginning to think that the promised period of Indian Summer may not be going to happen for us.

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Yesterday was mostly cloudy and not too warm.

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We did manage to have a longish walk but I started out with a coat on, and a cardigan, and did not need to remove them until I had worked up a goodly sweat, because we were trying to keep up a quick pace.

It is wonderful to see Big H being so much more energetic now, and looking so much more normal.

Even the daily medication and the injections have just become one more ritual, in the same way as cleaning teeth or having a shower  is.

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I think that we may go to the seaside today….and look for fossils.

Many years ago I can remember being on a clifftop with Big H and the boys.

I was using my fingers to push at the shale and suddenly pulled out a really big bluey coloured ammonite, very clean and heavy.

At the time I did not know much about fossils, and therefore did not really recognise how unusual that was, although it was a very impressive thing indeed.

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It was a day I particularly remember anyway, because it was at the same time that we were at war with Argentina because Mrs Thatcher, our Prime Minister at that time, was not prepared to have them taking the Falklands from the UK.

The newspaper and television reporting was full of minute by minute updates on the hostilities and everyone felt worried about it, as our soldiers had been sent out there to fight.

Most people had not even known that we had an outpost in such a far-away place, but everyone was feeling quite patriotic about it.

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Anyway, my boys were quite young and interested in soldierly stuff.

Just after I had dug out the ammonite, there was the terrifically loud thudding of wings, and a huge helicopter suddenly appeared over the cliff and felt close enough to touch.

The doors were open and you could see that it was full of men in camouflage uniforms.

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We felt quite threatened by it, the vibrations around us being so incredibly violent.

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The boys thought that it was the Argentinians coming.

I actually needed a moment to get over the shock of their sudden appearance myself!

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As for the huge fossil I found.

It spent the next several years lying on top of the soil in a huge terracotta plantpot that had a Cheese plant in it, such plants being so incredibly popular in those days.

I eventually got sick of dusting the leaves, and stopping the dog from wrecking it, so I gave it to a neighbour….along with the fossil.

I regret that now, and I am hoping that I can now have the fun of finding myself another beauty today.

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Here’s hoping.

J.

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