Gosh it’s cold isn’t it? Is anyone else cold? A bit of Plymouth history follows. (I will be taking no questions on the accuracy of the following though). Plymouth, when it was rebuilt after being absolutely pasted in the Second World War, was built after a plan by Professor Patrick Abercrombie. The idea was to link the North and South of the city with a “Grand Boulevard” with other roads criss-crossing it at right angles. The results of this were threefold.

(1) A grand vision based on Lutyens’ vision for New Delhi was realised.

(2) The criss-crossing of roads mean that I still get a bit lost on a regular basis because I can never quite figure out where the entrance to Tesco is and

(3) The fact that the “Grand Boulevard” links to the seafront means that when the wind blows in off the sea it races through what is a highly effective wind tunnel taking on hurricane like properties as it does so, pinning members of the public against buildings with consummate ease as they shout to each other through wind blasted faces “Cold isn’t it?” We are used to it. Life is meant to be a challenge. Pearls and oysters and all that.

Anyway, we left the house last week to visit Illuminate (As in “Jubilate!” CLAP. “Everybody”! For those who remember that). It was an exhibition of light sculptures which were amazing, even if the one above was a bit like a bad migraine I had once.

We have a moving date for AP everybody! It’s December the 20th everyone! Because moving someone on December 20th is something everyone wants to do! Hurrah! HOH and I continue to force the packing issue despite AP waving her hand airily at a treasure trove of ornamental owls and assuring us that “The Removal Men will take care of those.” I think not actually. Last night I went through her DVDs with her – splitting them into give away and keep. Before you dismiss that as a twee little thing to do – I ended up with five black bin bags to give away and three to keep. She passed judgement on each one individually as well – keep or throw because I didn’t want to overstep the mark and she still phoned me at work next day saying it was an emergency. When I answered she asked.

“Did you see the Jesus of Nazareth DVD anywhere last night because I don’t remember seeing it?”

Hold steady everyone.



  1. December 6, 2019 / 7:12 am

    At least if AP moves in two weeks, you can look forward to the new year free of house moves and declare 2019 your ‘annus horribilis”. I helped my cousin throw away 3 years’ worth of People’s Friend magazines once. My aunt insisted we got them out of the recycling so we could find the one with That Recipe in it (this from an 80 Yr old who never did any cooking)

    • lesleyps91
      December 8, 2019 / 7:33 pm

      Ooh. Well done for being so patient everyone involved.

  2. Kirsten
    December 6, 2019 / 7:54 am

    December 20th!
    Buy in some Christmas Spirit for afterwards… The sort that comes in bottles!

    • lesleyps91
      December 8, 2019 / 7:34 pm

      I may well not wait that long!

  3. December 9, 2019 / 4:43 pm

    Good luck for the 20th! I have put it in my diary to pray for you on that day. I hope it all goes smoothly. I know, oh, so well, all about sorting through other people’s crud and helping them move house — eye-crossingly awful way to spend even five minutes of your life. Well done for tackling it. On the bright side, at least you’ll have thinned out her European impedimenta mountain by the time she finally goes into her cavernous new palace. I hope she’s not mobile enough to cut loose and fill up the new place with hoards of knick-knacks.

    Btw, I have a friend in Plymouth (I mean, another one besides you) who takes our breath away by the frugality she achieves via the price reductions they do at her local Asda — which I think must be the one off Miller Way.

    • lesleyps91
      December 9, 2019 / 9:32 pm

      Thank you. We have crossed out the 19th and 20th – physically and symbolically. We are treating it like the D Day Landings but hopefully with less blood and screaming although I cannot guarantee it.

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