Author Archives: smallbeds

Goodbye

Dear readers, I’d appreciate it if you could indulge me for the next few paragraphs. There’s a bit more for you at the end. Dear Small Beds & Large Bears, Thank you, my dear blog, for the past twelve years … Continue reading

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Settled to Car-free

We’re here. The broadband went live today, a week after originally planned. A locksmith has changed our locks. A plumber has OK’ed our boiler, but failed our gas fire, which now has the ignominy of a big yellow-and-red sticker on … Continue reading

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Ordering on the menu

I’m visiting my parents again. My dad is in a long queue for a new knee on the Spanish national health service, so after my conference I trotted a couple of hundred kilometres down the coast to boost his spirits … Continue reading

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Very, very quick update on the house

We’ve exchanged. I would’ve said earlier but I’ve been away at a spectacularly badly-timed conference. We move on October 8. I panic, oh, about now.

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A shout in the street

After having temporarily dislodged my kneecap, I spent a few moments unable to think of anything else but that ice-cold, roiling ache. I barely opened my eyes as I swore continuously and rather loudly, entirely out of keeping with the … Continue reading

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Agony written by a country churchyard

In a bid to say farewell to some of the places I’ve habitually cycled through, on Friday I took a roundabout route to Leafield, a quiet, hilltop village. It was all I could do to get out of my funk, … Continue reading

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Cycleless, marketless, townless

I managed to sneak in a cycle ride yesterday afternoon. There was still potentially work from clients, but in practice it would wait for Monday, and I was feeling really rather rough: like I was coming down with a cold, … Continue reading

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