After falling apart, I needed a break somewhere nice and Karen took me to see Debbie and Wayne in Lincolnshire. Getting there, though, was interesting and I was put into a small see through bag with all my various bits and pieces in.

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Got there safely, even if a bit delayed and the last bit in a taxi which the train company paid for. I couldn’t believe that the last connection was at 19.35! That’s real country living.

Things soon transitioned into a holiday, there was even a palm tree which was a present for me and only me. Just like me, it was a bit wobbly.

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On the Saturday, I was rather pleased to be attended to by Dr Debbie who fixed me all up. Yes, I was standing again – hip, hip hooray.

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I did, of course, have to go and do some exploring. I came across some rather wonderful animals (because they were orange) and a pretty orchid.

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There was another animal there, although he wasn’t orange and quite right too as he’s a dog called Blake. He was rather adorable and came for cuddles but was a little big for me so I admired him from afar.

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After a big breakfast on Sunday and before a roast dinner, we entertained ourselves by playing monopoly. I tried to be a piece on the board but wasn’t allowed, but I did sneak on there when they weren’t looking. I was good though and didn’t knock any buildings over or steal any money. I probably should have done that as Karen lost in the end (and by quite a few million).

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Monday meant going back to London and to work. Unfortunately it was all a bit much and I fell apart again during the journey.

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So I think that means I’m permanently disabled now but that’s ok because I have the support of Reach.

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Karen thinks it looks as though I’m cheering her on which helps her to keep going both at work and at home.

Falling Apart

Brace yourself, this may be a difficult one to read.

First off, I was made to go back to work on Monday AND wear office clothes as its now October.

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We were all very busy this week and I couldn’t wait until Friday, I even stripped off before leaving the office.

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We were going to have some team drinks due to a power down but people had more exciting things to do like going away for the weekend so I headed home. I was rather tired so didn’t particularly mind. Even without drinking, I felt wobbly and fell over.

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That was when it all went wrong and you could say I was legless.

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Karen did manage to patch me up a bit on Saturday but I think I need to go to hospital for some medical attention. Sorry readers but hopefully I’ll be back having adventures soon.

Isle of Man

So, off we went on holiday. I made sure Karen had everything with her before we left including her passport. Not sure why I don’t need one, though – I hope its not because I’m being smuggled anywhere.

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We flew from London City and its quite a nice airport as its not too big. Best of all they had Monkey sized safety seats.

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That couldn’t be said of the hotel bed – it was huge. Technically they did cheat as it was two singles pushed together. Not sure you are even able to see me in this picture.

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The view from the hotel room was quite good and I even saw a horse on the first day.

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After a little rest, we wandered out onto the beach at Douglas bay and it was like coming home.

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It was slightly different from Margate and, not just because of the hills in the background, but because of the rocks and slate. I even found a piece large enough to surf on, although not sure it would have stayed afloat, but it was fun trying it out.

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I thought after all that sitting I needed some exercise so I did some rock climbing. Not only did I find an orange rock to climb on, but I found a bright white stone which wasn’t chalk and which I carried up the rock. I thought Karen captured my shadow rather well in this picture and I look a bit like an orb (that thingy on top of a crown).

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Karen then found me another type of exercise – a Monkey suitable high jump (apparently). The only drawback was getting to it, so I managed to escape that one as it was a bit of a long way down.

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After all that frolicking on the beach, I headed inland and came across this rather large telephone.  I certainly would have had to do the high jump to reach the handle.

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I wasn’t able to stay away from the sea for long, though, and was drawn back to the front. I came across a rather nice shelter between two gardens.

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And then just to my left was the sea again, which always makes me happy, despite it being made of water.

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So Monday turned out to be a rather busy day and I was ravenous by early evening. Found a nice steak place called Jaks which I particularly liked as they had a Monkey shaped space. (Actually, I found out later that it was for the sauce pot which just seemed wrong in my opinion.)

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Tuesday was quiet as Karen had to visit Adam & Eve, although that wasn’t planned. We were lucky enough to have dinner with Laura in the evening which was most fun and I felt very much a special guest of honour. That was until the barman knocked me over! Karen and Laura both gasped at that point and he gave us all a funny look.

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The next day, went a little bit further and headed inwards. Found the rather nice Tynwald National Park which was beautifully looked after.

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The rest of the day was spent at Laxey which is famous for mining but I also came across a salmon lake which was rather unexpected, although I didn’t see any salmon.

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It almost felt a bit alpine at times with the chalets and hillside streams. It was quite British in other ways, though, particularly with the rain but the sun did try to come out.

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But this is what I really came for – the Laxey Wheel. It was quite difficult for Karen to get a picture of the wheel and me in it as well, but she just about managed it, although she has cut off the top which has the Manx flag on. I do hope no-one will be insulted.

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After all that effort, it was time for a treat so managed another afternoon tea, some of which went back to the hotel for an evening snack as too much to eat in one go, despite not having had a proper breakfast. What I liked best was the background as it was a Monkey sized wheel and viaduct, although it was roped off so I wasn’t able to get too close.

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Just down the hill was the cotton mill which had some very interesting metalwork figures. Not sure sure what they’re to do with cotton, but I did have fun on the bench with the children and the dog.

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On the final day we went all over the island. The sun was shining a bit more but it was very windy. The first place we visited was Port Erin which Karen said was very beautiful, although I only got to see a bit of it from behind some rocks so I wouldn’t get blown over.

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I was also lucky enough to see the steam railway there which I was pleased about.

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Next to the railway line was the museum so we visited there too and I found a rather unusual weighing machine.

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We then headed south to Sound and I saw even less of that. It was super, super windy so I stayed safely in Karen’s bag. Here’s a picture she took of the Calf of Sound.

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After that, we headed up towards Peel and I was allowed out there a bit more as it was sheltered, but only really around the bay. I came across this rather fabulous rainbow bench. Can you guess which my favourite colour was?

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In the background is Peel castle and here’s better picture of it (if you think a picture is better without me in it).

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That all looks rather calm as it was in the harbour but just around the corner this was taken and within a few minutes of the one above. Just look at the change in the colour of the sky, let alone the waves crashing onto the rocks.

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That brings us to the end of this adventure in the Isle of Man. I’d recommend it as a holiday destination as its so breathtaking and beautiful as well as being easy to get around. Nothing is too far away and you can get most places within 30 minutes if you have a car.

Now, where shall I go for the next holiday? Suggestions on a postcard please!

Pre holiday treats

I bet you weren’t expecting this as my next blog post, were you? Don’t worry, the Isle of Man one is on the way but there’s a whole week to tell you about first which turned into some pre holiday treats.

On the Wednesday, I was treated to afternoon tea at the Hilton South Quay. They’d kindly reserved a table for us which was good planning (and you know Karen likes a plan).

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Surprisingly, we were in the executive suites at the top of the building so it had a rather impressive view.

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Talking of impressive, the cake stand was pretty huge. Not sure you can even spot me?

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Don’t worry, they weren’t all ours, in fact we didn’t get any of them but we did get a rather nice selection delivered to our table. I wasn’t sure which cake to have first though.

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After all that yummy food, Karen thought it sensible I have some fruit or something savoury so I didn’t get a sugar high. There was plenty of choice of those too.

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I wasn’t able to manage anything else until the next day and even then I only had a banana and some water. Think I need a refill on the water, its looking a bit low.

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The weekend eventually arrived and it felt a bit like summer still as the sun was out. I had a bit of a pool weekend with a rock pool, my own personal swimming pool and the tidal pool. Just a shame I’m not good with water!

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When I was walking along the beach, I noticed this big dome and thought an alien had landed, but it was a pop up theatre.

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I then went to the absolutely brilliant exhibit at the Pie Factory by Ross Andrews and Darren Lewis called Sand, Sea and Light. Two different mediums, one photography and one paintings, showing different aspects of the seaside. They were stunning and Karen was very tempted to buy more than one thing.

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I then had a rather nice walk home along the promenade which rounded the weekend off nicely.

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End of summer

Karen took me home from work on Thursday as she was working from home Friday and wouldn’t dare leave me behind for the weekend. I was allowed out on the train and had a seat all to myself, although it wasn’t until we had passed Canterbury West. Can you see how dark it is outside though (and that wasn’t because we left late)?

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On Friday, Karen had an appointment and the weather had got a bit windy so didn’t feel as warm as previous days which meant that the beach was lovely and empty. Look at that smooth sand which hasn’t been stood on. I was tempted to go and leave my mark but Karen had an appointment to get to so there wasn’t any time.

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On the way back home, the wind had picked up and it was making the sea really choppy.

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That was a sign of things to come as it started raining shortly after we got home and didn’t seem to stop all afternoon. It rained and rained and rained. It did eventually stop, of course, and there was a bit of a sunset through the clouds which looked quite dramatic.

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The wind didn’t stop though and it had clearly been a stormy night as there was loads of seaweed on the sea front on Saturday morning.

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I was getting quite battered (not the fish and chip kind) about in the wind, so much so that Karen had to hold onto me when I wanted to look at the sea further on.

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I was almost tempted to put my jumper on but I was persuaded it wasn’t really that cold, it just seemed like it because of the strength of the wind. It was a perfect afternoon for having a snooze on the sofa in front of a film.

Sunday was a much nicer day and the sun came out again, although still quite breezy. The waves were also up again and I was allowed a little closer than Saturday.

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The beach wasn’t that busy but a few people out and about, even a few sunbathing. I think that would have been ok with a windbreak but it was nice to have the fresh air on my face. Makes a nice change from air conditioned office air.

I was also allowed a bit of a play and found a few feathers, so I had a bit of a go at making a seaweed fort.

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I then made the defences even stronger and went into a metal pipe. I thought it was a cannon but Karen thought it might have been something else so I wasn’t allowed in there for too long.

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I spent a bit more time beach combing as the tide was going out and found this interesting rock with remains of two shells attached to it which reminded me of my ears.

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On the wander back, we stopped to watch a kite surfer and a seagull decided to join us too.

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It was all rather pleasant for a Sunday afternoon.

Now that I’ve starting thinking about getting ready work for work tomorrow, I was rather amused by this Dilbert cartoon as it seems to indicate that I should be in charge. I’ll raise it with the bosses but I’m sure they wouldn’t have a problem with it …

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Not much to report from the working week except a lot of work, not even any trips out at lunchtime and no work from home days.

Thankfully, the weekend was rather lovely, although it didn’t seem that way on Saturday morning. I was quite tired after all that work though so was having a lie in so I didn’t miss too much.

I did eventually venture out in the afternoon because I wanted to see the sandcastles. On the way, the tide was coming in and it looked quite appealing for a paddle. Karen thought I got a bit close though and I had to be rescued.

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What I actually went out for was the RIBA sandcastle competition which is part of the heritage open days weekend. It was tough going over the soft sand but got there eventually and saw some great sculptures.

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Some of the photos didn’t come out very well as other people kept getting in the way and they had some sort of security, so a bit awkward. I think Karen may have got a few strange looks too.

After all that effort, I needed a sit down, a snack and a cup of tea so headed to the Turner and sat outside. So lovely to sit outside at a cafe and be able to see the sea.

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As I’d had a nice rest, I felt able to walk up Fort Hill to go and see the art installations at one of the pavilions.

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I decided not to attempt making a kite as thought I might get blown away (it was quite windy and nothing to do with there being no orange).

I did have a bit of fun on the cliff top and was hiding in some bushes before being drawn to the crystal clear water, but not enough to go down to the water as I had walked a rather long way and had yet to walk home too.

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When I was walking home, I went past the place where the sandcastle competition was held and it was almost like nothing had ever happened, just a few lonely lumps in the sand.

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There was also a bit of interest this weekend as a super yacht was moored just outside Margate which is worth a ridiculous amount of money, is owned by a Russian and called A. It did seem like the sun just shone on the yacht at times but think it was only because of it being so white. Not sure if you can see it in this photo or not – I could have zoomed in but then you wouldn’t have been able to see me.

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I had a bit more energy on Sunday so went for a nice long walk in the sunshine to Westgate. Fortunately, there’s a cafe at St Mildred’s Bay so was able to have a sit down for a bit before walking back.

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In the early evening the tide was coming in so I just had to get out to paddle. I started with some cliff bathing and felt like I was doing my Grease impression.

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What a fabulous paddle it was with a stunning view.

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That was until I saw this – a jellyfish (one of three)! So I decided to run into the sandcastle someone had helpfully left behind (did you see what I did there, bought it back to the title).

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I was lucky enough to see the sunset, although not all of it as it was quite late and I had to get some rest.

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Do I really have to go to work tomorrow???

Beach Birthday

Before being able to enjoy the weekend, I was working from home on Friday which can often be a long day. To keep up my energy, I had to make sure I drank enough fluids as well as walking occasionally. The latter wasn’t quite so successful due to my short legs but, thanks to Karen, I did pretty well on the fluids front.

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Saturday bought a nice surprise as I went to the Sands Hotel and not just to visit. I got to stay there overnight as a treat and, even better, they had a special Monkey sized pillow for me. I also rather liked the decorative lamp.

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One of the reasons for staying there was so that I could have nosy around and I particularly wanted to see the roof terrace. Well that was worth the trip, what a stunning view, even in the rain.


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To make sure that I was able to have a decent dinner, I made sure I had a walk beforehand and went up the hill to Fort Terrace. I got a bit defensive at that point as lots of ships were out to sea so I was a bit worried they were trying to invade and just had to protect everyone  with the cannon.

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Dinner was at Mullins Brasserie which had an unexpected Caribbean theme but, gosh, it was delicious and what a lovely venue and great atmosphere. I had Mhai Mhai fish for the first time followed by one of the best ever cheesecakes, along with a little bit of prosecco.

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After a restful night at the Sands, once the noise had died down, I was treated to a full English breakfast, vegetarian of course, with a  wonderful view.

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As the sun had come out, it seemed only right that I returned to the terrace. It looked stunning in the sunshine even though it was so windy that Karen had to hold onto me.

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After I got home, I decided to go for a paddle on the beach which made me

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So, I should probably tell you why all these nice things are happening – that’s because its Karen’s birthday today (Sunday) so she’s had some nice treats to mark the occasion.

Thanks to all those wonderful people who made her day special.

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