Snow bound

Posted by Jeni in Ad Infinitum | 3 February 2009

Dear Martin and David in Jo'berg. I'm pleased to hear you're hanging in there and not too traumatised.

Hymie thank you for you comments, and indeed thanks to the rest of you.

I have been holed up in East Sussex.

The snow fell unremittingly for one whole day. Last night I made a big log fire, accompanied by Wolfgang Amadaeus. The cat snored in the bean bag, I knelt on the armchair and stared out into the front garden. Huge snowflakes gently landed on the garden furniture making an 8inch snow-hat for the Buddha. The reflection of the orange-red flames in the window hung between heavy snow laden ferns, the Buddha and two robins fighting for seeds.

Jim left for Harrogate and arrived 8 hours later dodging the slow ploughs.

I couldn't sleep the cottage is too big without the old git.

Today I went to the dentist, leaving Jonfan, my dear next door neighbour dealing with the boiler man....

I have to take anti-biotics and then decide whether to have an implant costing £2,000, root canal work or nothing thus rendering myself useless in the chewing department.

How do you get dentistry on the NHS?

Had a facial and reflexology and emptied my bank account to pay my wonderful beautician who is suffering from the credit crunch.

Drove gingerly into London Town. The white snow is grey and grubby on the road sides.

I am not going back to the cottage until Jim gets home in ten days.
Last night I sat looking at my life over the last 25 years. The cottage is heavy with memory - when the snow falls it is so quiet I collapse into reverie.

London is better for me when I am melancholy.

The window boxes are still covered in mounds of snow and the river looks glassy cold.

Its good to be back.

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1. At February 4, 2009 11:37 AM Vince wrote:


Would be interested to read how you thought the LBC interview went. Are the badscience commenters

being fair?

2. At February 4, 2009 4:54 PM Lyn Misselbrook wrote:

The whole business of dentistry is a nightmare. Trying to find an NHS dentist in central London is impossible - and even with the recent reforms the NHS is still skewed the wrong way. Unless you have a reasonable pocket and/or good genes we are doomed to have dreadful teeth ... Do you remember the time when Martin Amis spent a good part of his book advance on dentistry in NY? If only (dire phrase) ... Glad Jim safely arrived. Lyn xxx

3. At February 4, 2009 11:47 PM chrissie wrote:

And its good to have you back!

4. At February 10, 2009 7:51 AM June wrote:

Hallo Jeni

Loved the program yesterday especially the section about pens.
No one will be discovering boxes of letters tied with ribbon in the attic in years to come if we don't start writing again, or at the very least print of "special" e mails and keep safe.
The lady who was in her eighties and so enjoying her computer really lifted my spirits, her enthusiasm was delightful.
A delicious program for a rainy day.
Sending you a big hug and kiss, feel you may be in need of those at the moment.
Love June

5. At February 12, 2009 12:48 PM catherine wrote:

Hi there.....did you know that Wikipedia says you have 3 daughters ? Why aren't you back on tv ? Market Kitchen makes me want to throw the tv out of the window.

6. At February 13, 2009 12:15 AM Fee wrote:

Why does snow make everything so quiet? it's great when you're in the house and don't need to go out and it's all snug and warm and the jammies are on! Mmmmm. Just like it is now. Loads of snow outside and the electric flickering off and on, where are those candles?

I add my love n hugs Jeni xxxFee xxx

7. At February 13, 2009 9:32 PM June wrote:

Hallo Jeni

Hope the old git makes Valentine's Day special for you!
Have a cosy weekend.

Love June

8. At February 14, 2009 6:53 AM hymie wrote:

Happy Valentines Day Jeni,

Hope it's romantic, sensual, funny and full of tasty food and plenty of fiz!

Kindest regards, to you and Jim. Hymie Goldbloom xx

9. At February 14, 2009 9:53 AM Terence Milligan wrote:

Hello Jeni,

Hope you have a great weekend.

What's Grove Park School's position on the dangerous fallacies you have given out on LBC with regard to the MMR vaccine?

As the MSHA web site states that you are a patron, are they distancing themselves from your remarks?

Their publicity (as far as I can locate), certainly makes no mention of you.

Do you think they may view you, in the light of the ill-informed, nonsense in your broadcast, as a liability? Are you, in any way, bothered about that?

10. At February 14, 2009 3:14 PM Rachel wrote:

Come back? Where are you? I miss your blogs....

11. At February 14, 2009 4:29 PM Claire wrote:

Where are you? My husband and I are so looking forward to seeing you at The Fairfield Halls next month. We used to watch Good food live and were so cross when it was taken off.
Love Claire

12. At February 14, 2009 11:23 PM Rhianon wrote:

Hiya Jen. I don't really know whats going on with the web site or the legalities of the mmr thing, but we're still here.
I don't have any way to read e-mail at the moment so I don't know what's happening ou there in blogland.
I hope you're ok and you remember that whatever happens, some of us are still your friends. Not fans, not followers, not critics, but honest friends. Really.
All the best, old pal,
Rhianon. x

13. At February 16, 2009 12:12 PM Chris :-) wrote:

Hi Jeni

Where are you!!?

You havenít Blogged since 3rd Feb. I hope you are alright.

Iím sure Iím not the only one missing you.

Please let us all know if you are alright.


14. At February 16, 2009 4:14 PM June wrote:

Hi Jeni

Couldn't agree more, a journal keeps me sane.

Love June

PS After Valentine's Day I'm going to stop calling Jim the old git.

15. At February 17, 2009 6:12 PM karen wrote:

Where are you?

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