October 14, 2004

After closing time

It's one of those things that shouldn't really be true, but seldom do I feel closer to nature than on the walk home after closing time at the pub. When its dark and there's no-one else around, the wildlife is less defensive, and seems to take on a much more relaxed metropolitan attitude to it's surroundings.

Take tonight for example. I was walking along the footpath back from my local when I noticed a hedgehog coming the other way. It wasn't skulking along in under the hedgerow or darting between patches of cover, it was walking the other way down the side of the footpath like another pedestrian. As we neared each other I was sure it would change direction and scurry under a bush, but instead it just glanced up at me, and walked on. "Evening", I nodded back as we passed.

I think I should pay more attention to nature from now on. I should probably also drink less on a weeknight.

October 07, 2004

So long...

...and thanks for all the fish.

I have a lot of mixed feelings about Stu's leaving the country. I'm obviously sad about losing my bestest school buddy to another continent (though I'm sure we all expect him to come back for home-team games, Beckham style). I'm annoyed that I didn't make his last bash at Bogey's, and even more so that I didn't manage to run into him as he passed through this weekend. At the same time I'm unbelievably happy for him and his bestest girl.

But most (strangely) of all, I'm looking forward to seeing him again.