Chesley asked after Jesus the other day . . . let me assure you that the wee man is doing just fine and is full of the joys of Spring. I think he missed me when I was away . . or perhaps just felt the loss of his Primary Snack Provider. I am enjoying his restorative company, anyway. Here he is about to make his usual daring entrance through the bathroom window.

Meanwhile, in physioworld, things are going well. Very well in fact – the dorsiflexion has seen some dramatic improvements over the past few days. I can now tell my foot to shift upwards or over to the side, and it does so with relative ease. Given how little action there has been at the end of my leg and how difficult it’s been trying to “find” the foot in recent weeks, this seems quite remarkable. My physiotherapist speculates that Sunday’s long, fast walk might have had something to do with it. Now I’ve just got to sort out the calf . . .and the hip . . . and the hamstring . . .and the ankle . . . and the shoulder . . . I keep working on it.

In other exciting news, Tom has received a prestigious award from his running club. The Golden Trotter is selected annually for her or his commitment to the club, and for being a general all- round good egg. While this framed delight will hang on our kitchen wall, Tom must now run for the rest of the year in the “true” Golden Trotter vest which has been worn continually by the Chosen One for over a decade and which is looking more than a little worse for wear. Said garment is covered in holes, held together with safety pins, and decorated with some sad remnants of appliqué which once spelt out “Golden Trotter”. I have offered to darn the many holes, fix the appliqué or, indeed, embroider a new vest, but this is apparently, sacrilege. On Sunday, Tom will run the Blackpool half marathon clad in this sinister brown rag. . .

I shall be there cheering on the Golden Trotter as he runs down the Golden Mile and intend to attempt my own marathon of sorts along the sea front between Lytham and St Annes. More anon!

35 thoughts on “golden

  1. Dear Kate & Tom,
    Congratulations to you both – For seeing the world, some days a forest and other days trees, together. For striving toward your goals, set intentionally or otherwise, together.

    I think of you both throughout each day and hope you are finding your health and love growing stronger.

    Thank you for continuing to keep your blog. Your writing, updates, and news continue to inspire me and I look forward to your posts.

    Thinking of you, Tom and Jesus from Philadelphia.

    PS – Sean, my husband, also has a tattered shirt he jogs in. One that does not represent quite the same level of distinction but tattered all the same. When he leave the house in it for a run, sometimes I remind him that if you can get a sun burn through it, it is not a shirt, it is something else entirely.


  2. … but that sinister brown rag must have replaced another one, that was equally irreplaceable, right ? I’m thinking of Georgette Heyer’s St Erth in ¨*The Quiet Gentleman*, who, much to the indignation of his stepmother, does not choose to wear his father’s signet ring : “I wonder”, mused the Earl pensively regarding his ring, “whether some Earl of St. Erth as my yet unborn great-great-grandson perhaps will be told the same, when he does not choose to wear this ring of mine ?”
    Do you mean to say that you are inwardly considering a knitted vest ?
    Cheers on the dorsiflexion.


  3. Congratulations to you for your excellent progress and to Tom for his award!

    I love your cat.

    Cheers from Toronto



  4. What a wonderful picture of you kitty!! I have 4 plus two dogs BUT my cats(and all four have their own personalities) are the ones that give me the most comfort.
    Get plenty of Sleep, which will help you to heal!!!
    Camden, maine, USA


  5. Hi Kate,

    Wow… I downloaded your owl sweater about a year ago, and was just downloading a new copy of the pattern when I saw your note on ravelry about your stroke. Yikes. Sounds like you are recovering well, so just wanted to send some quick-healing thoughts to you from San Francisco! (And thank you for your wonderful patterns!)


  6. Ps. Oh… and I’m mid-neep in the neepheid tam ! I am using of course, colors I had around from my Virtual Yarns stash ~ from her Moor & Mtn colors. Background is “crotal” (an almost peachy buff), med green is “bogbean”, and instead of the golden green, I’m using a dark green called “calluna”, and instead of the purple, I’m using a lovely maroon from another Shetland wool skein. So, I suppose it’s more of a variation, more like the beetheid. I can’t wait to show you… it’s lovely.


  7. Personally, I love the vest. I am feeling an odd sense of unrightful pride for both you , and Tom. As we say in the U.S. ~~ “You Go Girl !” Jen from MtVeeder


  8. Some months ago I found your blog and made the mistake of thinking it was solely about knitting, a craft which I have never been able to master, yearn though I might. More fool me. I’ve just been reading your last three months of entries and am enthralled, not only at your determination in recovering from disastrous injury, but by your beautiful photography and fierce, intelligent writing. To keep thinking and writing so eloquently in your current circumstances is extraordinary. For what it’s worth, I applaud you and wish you a continued recovery and a year of increasing happiness.


  9. How nice to be home and moving along! Keep it up.

    On track with your cat Jesus, I had a friend living in Salt Lake City with a dog named Oh Lord, who loved to run away – a lot. Just imagine chasing him down the street.

    BTW, I loved your photo of you in your bright red coat out on your walk.


  10. Oh, sweet Jesus! (I couldn’t resist — but I do not mean to write sacrilege or offend anyone.) He is a lovely cat. Good luck to Tom for being awarded the hole-y vest (I guess as long as it’s been washed over the years, it can’t be too bad). But you’re the real winner here with your wonderful progress.


  11. Good luck Tom and Yay about that foot! You’ll have a whole new appreciation for “inhabiting” your body. Mindfulness whether you wanted it or not. You guys are in our hearts,


  12. I’ve been following your blog for awhile now… It’s so great to hear of the progress you’re making – you’re completely inspirational. I hope everything continues positively.


  13. I am happy for your progress and love the undarned garment and the trophy one too. Being a textile artist and former restoration artist, I love natural holes. :)


  14. I hope washing it isn’t considered sacrilege at least… Congrats to both of you, I had no doubt your recovery would speed up once you were back in your natural environment!


  15. Hooray for the Golden Trotter and for you, and for the cat (who, incidentally, has complete madness in his eyes! Love it!). So happy to hear about your foot doing well, what a a great result from your walk.


  16. I love Jesus!

    Well done to Tom but I fear that the rag may not have the same wicking qualities we runners require from our technical kit ;-)

    Great news about your walk. Keep it up.


  17. How hard is it for an expert needlewoman to let her SO run in a tattered vest?! Congratulations to Tom – and it’s *so* heartening to hear of your dorsiflexion progress.


  18. Jesus appears to be smirking. Not that I mean to go all anthropomorphic, but I detect a twitch of the whisker on the left. Glad to hear connections are being made and that races are on the horizon in rags or not.

    You continue to amaze and inspire, Ms. Davies. Slow and steady you’ll win your race.


  19. madness!! The cat, the vest state and indeed the half marathon running! Really pleased to continue to hear of such leaps made by you Kate and that life around you is “normal”!


  20. hmm your cat is gorgeous. I am so happy to hear your physio is going well. I will wish you good weather (whatever preference you have) for your own marathon :) good luck.


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