The Last Furlong

Comments on the race of life.


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A quick wash

After the 2009 month long snow freeze that trapped a lot of rural people in their houses for a month, I visited a friend who lived in an isolated house near our village. Farmers had brought her supplies. I asked what she had done for water (everything was frozen), how had she washed herself? I thought she said “I had Catholics”. So for years I talked about having a quick wash as “having a Catholic” whilst imagining a monk having a quick wash-up in his cold and gloomy cell. Seemed a good discription to me for washing with a flannel in a basin.

But no. She actually said “Cat Lick”. She had Cat Licks. Well, that’s OK by me. That’s pretty descriptive too.

But the one I really like, which I heard yesterday, was from my sister-in-law who had a dreadful fall in Africa. She broke a hip, which is now pinned, but she is in terrible pain. The African nurse comes in every morning since the pinning and says “Right. Now I’m going to give you a bird bath”.

That entices the mind to imagine the abandoned splashing of a joyful bird, cooling itself in dappled sunshine.

It’s the best audio error for a quick hospital bed wash I’ve heard so far.

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They know…about the dog

We passed all the adoption tests for the little dog we liked.  We are getting him next week. Continue reading


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Qi gong

These old Furlongs go to Tai Chi on a Tuesday evening. It’s called Tai Chi, but we do about forty five minutes of Qi Gong to begin with. I like the Qi Gong much better than the Tai Chi we end with. Continue reading


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Dogs

Mr Furlong and I  have found a little dog we like. What a performance! Continue reading


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Blogging – less is more

I’ve just been reading a site about a blogging routine.

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Like octopuses/octopi?

I like octopuses. They are very clever – and they taste good too!!! Continue reading


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It’s Orchid watering day

Our Orchids are watered once a month. Continue reading