In other words, I’ve got a horrible cough which has been lingering for about 10 days.
I apologise to all the people (in ‘real life’) that I’ve been spluttering over. I have tried to keep my germs to myself but every time I think the cough has GONE, it reappears with a vengeance. Bah! My OH also has it, so we are a right pair. I have tried to trace the source of our ailment and I think it might, just might be the ‘dog swim’ that we did a couple of weeks ago.
Yes, I know, it’s mad. Blame the people of Chipping Norton as that’s where it was held and they obviously think it’s quite normal to jump into a lido with your dog (and about fifty others…) and swim around in all the dirt and fur! Whoops.
We’d never seen Bonnie swim and my friend had told me (and I quote), “The first time you see your dog swim, you feel really proud.” So we just had to do it! (And it was a sell-out AND the BBC were there, filming… also in the pool. I wonder if they also got a cough? Perhaps it’s Kennel Cough?)
Anyway, after something of a false start in the main pool, we decamped to the baby pool and she did swim (albeit slightly reluctantly) and we were proud.. for about five minutes. Then we grabbed our clothes, (Him Indoors didn’t even bother to change, he just slung a towel around his waist, a la David Beckham) and we made our escape as fast as we could – and showered when we got home!
But another reason for feeling ‘autumnal’ is the fact that winter’s beckoning and it’s much easier to get down to some writing, I think, when it’s cold and dark and rainy outside. So, I am trying to knuckle down to some work! Tomorrow is Monday and I like Mondays because it’s like a ‘new start’ I am in the middle of an e-book (not short stories this time, it’s non-fiction) and I need to get moving on it. Is it just me, or without a deadline, do you find things just take forever?
If you stagnated a bit over the summer too and want to give yourself a shake and get writing, then you might feel inspired by some of these writing competitions (all free to enter) and ‘calls for submissions’ for October which Cathy Bryant has helpfully published on her website.