Friday 8th January 1993

A milder day between morning and evening frosts with a full moon which I spent summarising and archiving my journal as Daniel returned to Norfolk and I carried on training Sam.

I spent almost the entire day on archiving last year's journal; producing the annual summary and the printing out the formatted results. Between times I looked after Sam, wished Daniel farewell as he went back to Norfolk and did very little else. Sam is quite good but his lessons need constant re-enforcement if he is not to forget them. I took him across to the Mill Meadow this lunchtime and he enjoyed the scents and sights there. Diana went out shopping twice today and was also behind on her work after Christmas. A milder day between morning and evening frosts as the full moon came up at night.

Thursday 7th January 1993

Another good session with Sam on a mild but damp and dreary day as Di went to her Weight-Watchers this morning. Then a family visit to the dentists and Della will have to have an X-Ray and treatment for prominent front and uneven lower teeth and is not looking forward to wearing a brace.

To the cinema with Diana to see the film "Death Becomes Her" and home to find the girls in bed, having settled down well at school these last two days. Britain, France and the U.S. have given another ultimatum to Iraq, which could lead to another Gulf War.

I was finding it very difficult to get back to paperwork after the manual building work and then the Christmas break but I tried to do a little each day. A good session with Sam who is behaving better and endearing himself to Daniel as well now. Diana was at her Weight-Watchers this morning. She had got down to 11st 7lbs before Christmas but probably put on weight over the holiday. I took the family to the dentists this afternoon. Diana needed de-scaling as usual, Daniel had to have a filling on the spot but an all-clear for me and better news for Debbie. She can now remove her brace during the day and only needs to wear it at night. Poor Della will have to have an X-Ray at Bedford in about a year's time and will need plenty of treatment for prominent front and uneven lower teeth and is not looking forward to wearing a brace.

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Wednesday 6th January 1993

Catching up at home on a wet but mild day enjoying a welcome stay, with chores and an emotional event taking the Christmas Decorations down. A good day with training Sam until he found some rotten ducks’ eggs and rolled on them to smell awful, before he has his second ever bath.

Some time with gardener for a change. An horrific oil tanker spill on the southern tip of the Shetland Isles which could yet be Britain’s worst ever environmental disaster

I spent today at home trying to catch up with a few things. Sam was a bit more co-operative today and did not really disobey any command. He is much steadier and came to heel almost every time. In addition, he is very good on the first few retrieves given to him and now gives up the ball more willingly. His one "sin" was to find an old nest of rotten ducks eggs, to break them and roll in them. The resulting smell had to be experienced to be believed and led to his second ever bath!

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Tuesday 5th January 1993

Time training my pointer Sam on the Paxton riverside garden and then with the family at home and in Cambridge visiting the Grafton Centre and then driving into the City to see Di’s parents in Eadon Lilley’s before lunch at The Arts Theatre Restaurant.

Back home to greet Daniel who had returned from Manchester where girlfriend Angela had been having hospital tests for her stomach trouble. The afternoon at Bedford and a family swim at The Oasis Wave Pool and to buy tools to replace those stolen.

We awoke to a very much mil. der day today and this was a great relief. Diana was up much earlier than of late and was able to bring me morning tea which also made a great difference. In fact I joined the family for breakfast after getting showered, shaved and dressed and was then able to see to Sam afterwards. I took him on the lead to the riverside gardens and there he was really excited about the space and openness of the games lawn and the sight and sound of the swans landing and then calling to us and each other.

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