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all that's been going on

Well, it has been a week packed with incident. I have seen Monsters (a very fine film) and bought an advent calendar (not the Stig one, though I was tempted). I have been snowed on (although not as much as the rest of the country -- Oxford has been freezing, but quite dry) and watched the ice creeping further across the Thames every day. According to my colleagues, the last time you could walk across the Thames at Oxford was 1962. Before that, 1946. We're not there yet, but it's a deep winter already.

The cuts crackle on; little to report. It's my first winter working in County Hall, and when the sky is clear the sunset shines right through the building and out the other side, and for a bright half-hour we work bathed in nectarine-coloured light.

Went back to the Oxfam bookshop last week -- too cold and dark for gardening -- and was startled to find how much I'd missed it. I found a gorgeous turn-of-the-century (last century, not this one) edition of On Melancholy with type you can feel as you run your fingers over the page and a magnificently elaborate frontispiece.

There was also a very sad thing that happened; I found the friendly little orange cat that had been crossing Abingdon Road from his home in Grandpont dead by the road and had to call the owners. I know some of you had seen him, he was a wanderer. I remember how much I worried when I first started letting Harlequin out; you never really know how it will go. Well. I did a strip about it, but it is sad, so you might not want to look.

Milo The Wanderer
Milo The Wanderer
Please be aware that this is a sad story.


( 7 worms — Feed the birds )
10th Dec, 2010 14:42 (UTC)

But beautiful. :'o/
10th Dec, 2010 15:49 (UTC)
Sad, but beautiful.
10th Dec, 2010 18:24 (UTC)
It must have helped his family a bit that he was found by someone who knew him.
10th Dec, 2010 19:15 (UTC)
Perhaps, I'd like to think so. I'm not sure anything really helps much in those circumstances, though
10th Dec, 2010 23:07 (UTC)
That is a lovely tribute. Lump in throat now.
11th Dec, 2010 20:22 (UTC)
Poor kitty
Finally brought myself to read. Thank you for reminding me how beautiful his eyes.
12th Dec, 2010 10:45 (UTC)
Snurf! No I shouldn't have looked. Good one, though.
( 7 worms — Feed the birds )