A really relaxing month, although the UK government’s decision to open up somewhat to overseas travellers made the final few days a bit hectic.

Highlights of the month:

  • Excellent hols in Puglia, Paestum on the way back, and Ravenna
  • The plants all survived!
  • Filed taxes
  • Automated the irrigation system successfully
  • Implemented an On This Day widget here
  • Mole hole enlarged, healing nicely


Mostly summarised as highlights and some longer posts here, although I’m not inclined to rehash holidays in any detail. Things that needed noting were noted. Most activity came at the end of the month when it become possible to think seriously about a visit to London. So much bureaucracy, and the various sources of information seem to take forever to become synchronised. I have a flight booked, and a hotel, and a PCR test, which I am hoping, if I time it right, will also serve as my re-entry test. I still don’t know whether I have to have a test before leaving or whether I have to self-isolate for five days on my return.

On the podcast front, it seems that my homespun logging system doesn’t cope all that well with older podcasts that I have only just listened to. So I’m going to take a moment to link to Stuff The British Stole from ABC Radio National in Australia. It is really well produced (perhaps a tad overproduced to my ears), great fun, and a good way of examining history. Whether all the opprobrium heaped on the Brits is fully deserved, I’m not fit to say. Most of it probably is, but then there is that thing about tempora and mores. Understanding the customs and what created them in those times is surely as important as condemning them from today’s viewpoint.


  • Walking with sticks: 0
  • Reading: 25 (Ah, holidays)
  • Steps (avge): 9,379
  • Podcasts: 38 (31 of them logged.)
  • In bed/asleep 8:04/6:57 (Uncanny)
  • 7 Minutes: 4 days; alternating 2 cycles moderate and 3 cycles cardio blast.
  • Weight (avge): 85.7
  • Naps 21 (Summertime, and the napping is easy)


  • Walking with sticks: 4
  • Reading: 8
  • Steps (avge): 10,941
  • Podcasts: 40 (36 of them logged, and 1 abandoned after 3:45 as unlistenable.)
  • In bed/asleep 8:04/6:58
  • 7 Minutes: 10 days; alternating 2 cycles moderate and 3 cycles cardio blast.
  • Weight (avge): 86.1
  • Naps 13


Not much done, and what was done is very much in the hands of others, and I don’t really care.

Hours logged per month

Percent of logged hours: 2021

Previous years are on an archive page.


After being inspired by Peter Rukavina to read my weblog a day at a time and republish as necessary, I have steamed ahead. I think I have done 20. Rereading those old posts reminds me that I have been riding some of my hobby horses for a long time, and also inspires new posts, an added bonus, contributing to the 10 this month.

I hope to keep this up..


Genuinely torn about rejigging the template for individual posts. Maybe I should simply give it a go and see whether I like it.

Final remarks

It is going to be very strange visiting London.

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Month Total Daily Admin % ETP % Other %
07 80.1 2.58 39 17 44
06 110.0 3.67 38 26 36
05 159.1 5.13 29 22 49
04 166.1 5.75 39 16 45
03 173.3 5.59 38 19 43
02 155.7 5.59 32 25 43
2021-01 168.5 5.62 43 17 40
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