29th December – Thursday (definitely not the 29th)

My Grandfather died when I was 2, this was ages ago. But it means that for Nana the whole of Christmas time is a kind of sad time, a time of memories. 

I don’t remember him, but for as long as I can remember I’ve been told the story about how he was told he wouldn’t make it to Christmas, but he was determined. How I was trained to say merry Christmas Grandad, and how proud he was. 

He died on the 29th, and so all day has been distraction and it has been Thursday all day – the 29th has not been mentioned at all. He has been gone for longer than he was with her, but that level of love and miss is kind of awesome. 

2nd June – Because the only thing more exciting than a particle accelerator is a bunny 

So we went to the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and the European Space Agency. The levels of security are actually amazing. 

Its the little things you notice, like satellite tracking doesn’t work, and your satnav tell you that you don’t exist; or the million and one security vans, barriers and cameras; and the fact that we all know about CERN, but we have the same here too. 

Fidget behaved beautifully. And then she found bunnies, and bunnies are the most exciting thing in the world ever, including trying to wedge yourself down a rabbit hole. 

And then if you go off exploring, because high level distraction is needed. There are mushrooms too, they don’t have such high security!