Food, Sleep, and Food Again!

December 14, 2013

There was a slow start to the day: the goddess slept and I watched a brilliant game of rugby.  By the time we left the house it was already almost one o’clock.

We delivered a new batch of my books to both the bookstore and SuperValu (where I have sold more copies of “The Drive” this year than anywhere else), did some shopping, and had a long talk about God with an 82-year old Croatian acquaintance at Renzo’s. Finally we arrived at Fet’s for lunch as we were both longing for a decent burger.

It seems to have been a while since we were at Fet’s, but it still feels like our home away from home.  They have an interestingly eclectic menu, but their burgers have always been our favourites.  In the fifteen years or so that I have been a customer, they have developed from a pasta/burger/sports bar into a very sophisticated restaurant. This is reflected in the careful plating of dishes these days, even with the burgers.  I’m not at all sure, however, about the no-stem goblet I had my wine in today.  But that didn’t detract from the (as usual) overall excellent meal.

Waddled home and, quite naturally, fell into bed for a deep three hour dreamless nap.  A true joy.  By the time I was awake and properly functioning it was almost 8pm — where do the days go?

Between us, the ever-loving and I set up bread to bake in the morning, and I made a British breakfast for supper (bacon, sausage, chips, eggs and beans). Satiated once again, herself settled down to an evening of English TV while I am watching England get thrashed at cricket by those damnable colonials from Australia, the only disappointing part of the day.

Soon, very soon, it will be time to have another, longer, nap.

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The Moon’s Continuing Allure

December 14, 2013

Melies atriptothemoonOnly 12 human beings have ever stepped on the surface of the Moon. The last of those was American Harrison Schmitt who made his final footprints there exactly forty-one years ago today.

It is probably not a coincidence that it is today that the Chinese made the first soft landing on the Moon since 1976.

For those of us old enough to remember those moon landings of the 1970s, it is extraordinary to see the Chinese so far ahead of both the USA and Russia in near-space exploration.