Sunday 31st January 1993

Exercising Sam across the Mill Meadow and then collecting Debbie from Zoe Bee’s house before taking the family to St James Church for the family service. Then some relaxation in the afternoon for once

The morning routine but this time I was up alone with the rest of the family still in bed and laying in. I took Sam across to the Mill Meadow opposite and controlled him well, despite an absolute invasion of anglers who must have arrived by coach to fish a match. Breakfast on my return. I have been eating a mixture of a new unsalted and unsweetened muesli with a smaller proportion of Jordon's sweetened crunchy cereal and I like this and think that it will be healthier. At least I have reduced my weight to 13st 13lbs in the last couple of weeks.

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Saturday 30th January 1993

Spending time with Della, taking her for walks with Sam around Paxton Pits and letting her play on my computer but still worried about her eyelash plucking removing most of the lashes from those remaining on her left eye-lid. Diana and I talked late into the night, worried about this tendency as it is inexplicable and very disfiguring.

Up early and my chores again, this time taking Della with me and Sam and seeing off Debbie at the school bus stop. On to the sweet shop and there waited outside as Della bought her weekly sweets. Then on to the pits where we all searched for muntjac deer tracks and found plenty but no sign of the animals to go with them. A long and energetic walk and then back home to rest and recuperate and Della's friend, Naomi, came round to play. Once Debbie was back from school, we all set off for The Southoe Little Chef for a quick meal and Debbie had a fit about not having been able to change and make telephone calls before she left.

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Friday 29th January 1993

A milder and drier day to walk and train Sam and then the task of packing up ready to leave for Paxton as Arthur Edmund's man had started work on building up Doris Vincent's garden, which had been nine inches under.

Then home to Paxton and a long walk for Sam across Mill Meadow. A worrying development with Della still plucking out her eyelashes and eyebrows because of some sort of neurosis. To the cinema with Di and then tired to bed after the driving and unloading.

Up early and first awake even earlier as some old lady telephoned my mobile telephone by mistake at 1.00am in the morning! Sam was whining again before breakfast, but I settled him down by telling him off and went out to him at the normal time. I took him across and up the road by the marina opposite and, for the first time, he was under control as we walked along that track and did not break any boundary unless I approved.

Then the task of packing up ready to leave for Paxton. Arthur Edmund's man had started work on building up Doris Vincent's garden by skimming off the gravel by shovel and wheelbarrow ready to pile wood shavings and bark pieces on the top. During the recent higher water, she had been up to nine inches under around the whole garden.

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Thursday 28th January 1993

Approaching this mild but wet day steadily, recovering from my infection, but still training Sam. More alarm installation work in Harnser and plans to appeal against Harnser’s restrictive planning constraints.

To bed earlier to be rested for my journey home the next day. Israel is fretting at the prospect of United Nations condemnation and sanctions and still all hell breaks loose in former Yugoslavia as fighting breaks out again all over the place.

John Major is taking on three newspapers with a libel suite concerning false rumours of him having an affair with the head of a catering firm.

I was walking wounded today, still feeling a bit week and under the weather and taking care to wrap up well when going out to tend the dog. I took Sam into Horning to get some milk first and was pleased that the men laying the new sewer were there in large numbers. This gave me a chance to expose Sam to plenty of human distractions, which he needed. He was quite obedient today and not so much trouble, but he has started whining between meal times and has to be silenced occasionally. Perhaps it was leaving him for so long on Wednesday or his first moult or he could be hungry as I had to reduce his meals again. On the other hand, he is getting really keen on getting groomed when wet and likes the brush and will sit quietly while I tend each paw in turn.

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