The Last Furlong

Comments on the race of life.


Time out

My garden calls! I’ve been taking time out from blogging.

The plants are so excited it is spring! Everyday there is some plant or other popping up some place or other saying “Hi”.

I have been working very hard to prepare our garden so the excited plants will be extra happy this year. Our last garden produced huge happy plants. I hardly noticed this garden here at our new flat when we first moved in. I was too focused on trying to fit in to a very small flat. and last summer I was not able to work in my garden for sciatica.

But I have been well! Being well makes a huge difference to life.

Mr Furlong and I have done some very big garden jobs. We cut the Ivy off the top of the arch. Last time we tried that we were sick for a week. This time we wore masks, goggles, gloves and over clothing. It’s done! At last. I’ve hated looking at it for eighteen months!

Furthermore, in the last three days, we have spread a whole tonne of gravel. I’m amazed I did it with hardly an ache or pain!

The ‘plan’ for this garden, has come to me slowly. But, at last, I have a vision. Of course, at the moment there are dormant plants and excited plants showing themselves first. I have a plan for all of them. All are welcome!

There is only one rule in my gardens – bullies will be cut down to size.

I brought seeds from this plant in my old garden – I’ve planted them – it would be nice to see them again…..




It’s a puzzlement – here today, gone tomorrow

Lung cancer rates are rising in non smokers.

Yet smoking rates are dropping.Smokers are banned from smoking in indoor places in most countries. So why are lung cancer rates rising? Continue reading

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Over diagnosis and over treatment of the big C

A while back, I was reading about how screening for cancer, often led to over diagnosis. We find what we are looking for.  Continue reading


On the stupidity of man – a thought

The same wealthy friend of my mother’s – the one that gave me the Balmain dress, and in whose house I stole and lit up my first cigarette, ended up lonely and sick. Continue reading


On the stupidity of man – a meditation

I remember watching this many years ago. It’s still good. This channel alone has had almost ten million views – and this video appears elsewhere too.  Continue reading

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Oh! The smell of spring..

This morning, I remembered how it was my custom to open the kitchen door as soon as I got up in the new day and let Bobby-the-dog out into the garden for his morning ablutions. Continue reading


We lost our dog – RIP Bobby

Our old dog had a very quick end. He had a massive spleenic haemorrhage.

We had to have him put to sleep yesterday.

He had a cancer on the spleen which ruptured.

What a shock!

He seemed fine in the morning – but obviously he wasn’t.

What a wonderful dog he was. The BEST EVER!

Here he is in his heyday…