6 May 2017

Just wonder how, how did things ever get this far

Well. Been a while.

Firstly - my husband, John Watson, is amazing. He ran an entire marathon. And he really did run it - he said apart from the shuffle to get to the start line, when there are so many people you can barely move - he ran every step. Well, okay, he stopped for mere seconds to say hello to us and get a hug - but that was our fault. He wouldn't have stopped otherwise.

We managed to see him at a few places around the route, darting about on the tube to get ahead of him. He got slightly more pink and sweaty as he went, but never stopped having a slightly grim smile of determination on his face.

He's run 20 miles in training, and was fine. So now I know there's muscles in your legs which are only used in the final 6 miles of a marathon and to stand up from sitting down. Because the day after the marathon John would contort himself into a variety of awkward yoga poses going from sat position to vertical....a sort of crouch. Then bent at the waist, then slowly upward. I got things thrown at me for laughing - and this was during the day I'd taken off work to tend to his every need! Ungrateful creature.




So, here's my choice of picture from Geneva:


Yeah, maybe not the most original choice, but it's the Jet! I thought it was brilliant. And not just because it was on the opening to a show about super spies. Water comes out of that thing at 200km/hr!! So this was before we got closer and got very wet.

Here's Mycroft's - it's the first ever Hadron Collider they made, in 1957. It's...all big magnets and stuff. Is that a technical enough explanation? Anyway, it collides things. In the same way, but more slowly, that the big one does today. Amazing. 1957!! There's photos of men on horseback escorting bits of it through tiny rural villages as they were building it.

The boys quizzed the man who took us around - who was a REAL Particle Physicist - and he tried to answer them. But English was his 3rd language. Then I figured out he was Italian really, so I tried to help out with translations. Except my Italian doesn't entirely run to particle physics. So then the boys and the man just spoke in French....so don't ask me what they were talking about.


Here is Sherlocks. This took a lot of thought. He was torn between one from the mountain, which showed lots of Geneva, or another bit of Collider.... but we've gone for a bit of boat.


It's the very very cool Paddle steamer we went on. This was when it had stopped to pick some other people up. Does a lovely job of showing how beautifully clean the lake is.

Okay, okay, apparently now I HAVE to put up a pic of the boat, too...


This was when we were walking along the lake on another day and we saw it. I hope you can make it out well enough. It was stunning.


And John chose this - Broken Chair. And the rows of flags in the background lead to the UN building. Just down from the Red Cross. The broken chair symbolises opposition to landmines and cluster bombs. It's very powerful. And huge - 5.5 tonnes and 12 metres high. It was commissioned to get World Leaders to think about it as they arrived to the UN, and to sign the Ottawa Treaty.

Geneva was beautiful. One of those places you go that you just immediately feel like you could live there. John would go off running along the lakeside, the boys and I would get a coffee, sit on a wall or walk along the edge, watching the birds and fish. Everyone seemed friendly, and even my terrible French got me smiles and encouragement - unlike being somewhere like Paris. 


Work is...work. I feel old. I feel like we're just not making a difference. Finding kids aged 12 and younger carrying huge knives - and using them. I've no idea what we can do about it.

149 comments:

pandabob said...

Thanks for sharing the photos Greg, it sounds like you had a lovely time which means the boys did a very impressive job :-)

I hope you've completely recovered from your run now John ;-)

Greg Lestrade said...

They did a stunning job of organising it. Very proud of them for working together, too!

REReader said...

What a wonderful holiday, and what evocative photos you all chose!

John, I am familiar with those last-6-miles-muscles from when I started tai chi--I was sore every single day for the first nine months, and I didn't do any running at all, I shudder to think how that would feel!

L, I'm sorry work is getting to you.

Greg Lestrade said...

Well, at least the footy has gone our way for once.

The allotment is very green. Lots of those caterpillars that cover everything in silk about though, eating like mad. Of course, they don't eat chard, the only thing that could keep pace with their appetites.

REReader said...

So I guess you're raising a fine crop of moths/butterflies? ;)

Greg Lestrade said...

It feels like London is. Brown tailed moths, apparently, so Sherlock tells me. Not very good for humans, other animals or the plants they destroy.

Now...will the French result be as good as the footy? Bloody worrying times.

Greg Lestrade said...

...phew.

REReader said...

My thoughts exactly.

John H. D. Watson said...

Plague of moths: sign of the end times?

REReader said...

Moths: The locusts of the twenty-first century?

Greg Lestrade said...

I did have a weird dream the other night where someone was cutting me up and I was made of caterpillars...

Maybe we should check if I am, in fact, a lot of caterpillars stacked up into human form.

John H. D. Watson said...

I'll be happy to check.

Greg Lestrade said...

Okay.

Just don't use a bread knife, like they did in the dream. Use some of those Doctory skills instead.

John H. D. Watson said...

No bread knife, I promise. Even if you do in fact turn out to be made from caterpillars.

Greg Lestrade said...

I was a bit too scared to ask what we'd do if I am, in fact, a pile of caterpillars. Would you be married to one caterpillar? Or all of them? Will I turn into a moth/many moths at some point? If I did, we could never have a candle lit dinner again...

John H. D. Watson said...

I admit, I do rather hope you're not actually made from caterpillars. For one thing, it would make traveling slightly awkward. I'm fairly certain other countries wouldn't welcome a human shaped caterpillar conglomeration, even you if you had a return ticket.

Greg Lestrade said...

Yeah. Would every caterpillar need a passport? And what about work, would I need a lorry to carry the warrant cards around in - and who can tell one caterpillar apart from another in the photos? It'd be a nightmare.

Still, if I am, they've (literally) held it together pretty well thus far.

Anonymous said...

If you are made up of caterpillars, they've done a brilliant job so far. I'd vote to leave them to it.

John ran it all! He really kind of scary. In a good way! You two both married well, no?

Geneva sounds amazing. Mycroft & Sherlock did a great planning job, not that that is surprising.

Sorry to hear the job is getting you down. Occupational hazard, but you seem to have done well keeping yourself from getting lost in it. A number of my extended family members have been cops, and the two I knew best didn't do so well. They just got more bitter and cynical and distrustful of people, as well as more bigoted in various ways. You've been so much more successful at remaining a decent human. Hope you get a good run of events and things feel better soon.

-fA

Anonymous said...

P.s. Never thought I'd see the French electorate as less xenophobic & racist and more level-headed than the American and British voters. But I'm glad SOMEbody chose not to run the train off a cliff. Yet.

-fA

Greg Lestrade said...

Yeah, I'm not even going to tell you guys the result of the caterpillar thing. You'll never know if I am, indeed, made of them. I'm Schroedingers Caterpillar(s).

REReader said...

I'm definitely in favor of not opening you up to find out!

Greg Lestrade said...

Happy birthday to the one and only Mycroft!!! We are so proud of you, we love you very much, and when you're home this weekend Sherlock is planning a cake based extravaganza.

REReader said...

Happy birthday, Mycroft, and I hope the year to come is joyous as well!

Joolz said...

Happy birthday Mycroft. Hope you have a wonderful day and get to the cake before it gets wolfed down by others in your household. :)

Mycroft said...

Thank you all.

And thank you for the glitter-filled balloons. Anthea wouldn't tell me who was responsible for them, but I feel they have all the hallmarks of some sort of Sherlockian plan, aided and abetted by Lestrade. I hope that John, at least, has enough decorum and sanity not to make Anthea walk the streets of Oxford holding such a thing.

REReader said...

GLITTER! Glitter is always celebratory! (Unless you're the one who has to clean it up. But even then, it's still celebratory, just also messy.)

Greg Lestrade said...

I think it was probably entirely John's fault.

Hope you've had a good day, big lad. Celebrate well. Try to make sure you can remember how you celebrated tomorrow.

pandabob said...

Happy birthday Mycroft :-)

Great job with the glitter Sherlock ;-)

Greg Lestrade said...

I'm imagining Anthea like some sort of kissogram assassin...

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Mycroft! (put in a good word for Lestrade if you think he might need it after that last image of Anthea . . .)

-fA

Piplover said...

Happy birthday, Mycroft! I hope the upcoming year is filled with all the happiness for you.

Joolz said...

Is anyone going to be around for a little Eurovision fun this evening or do people have other plans? It starts at 8.00 GMT and is usually available on streaming I think, too. :)

Greg Lestrade said...

I asked Mycroft if he minded... He rolled his eyes. I asked Sherlock, he said YES! I asked John... He said providing I made curry....

I'm making curry ;)

Greg Lestrade said...

Right, curry almost done - just adding chilli powder and chillies to John's, beer poured, and apparently Euro-Lunacy on the cards!

Let the madness commence!

pandabob said...

You can't beat a bit of Eurovision :-D

Joolz said...

I see Graham is already in sparkling form, ;)

Greg Lestrade said...

I am glad he pointed out the massive diversity! Good to see.......

Joolz said...

Isn't it just! ;)

Do the backing singers for this guy have bandages on their costume to patch him up from breaking into pieces... ;)

Greg Lestrade said...

Oh god I nearly choked. 'Her brother will be fiddling with her on stage tonight' I can't explain why to Sherlock either

pandabob said...

Three adults laughed out loud, three kids looked on confused ;-)

Joolz said...

It is just me or when they zoom in to the start of each song does the framework around the stage lit up look like someone squatting with their legs akimbo?

pandabob said...

Why are all the costumes black and white?

Greg Lestrade said...

Joolz - now I've seen it I can't unsee it.

Anony - because we have gone back to the 90s

pandabob said...

Totally joolz, :-D

Greg Lestrade said...

I say the two in dresses are the twins.

Lancs. Anon said...

One doesn't see enough cummerbunds these days, also the Hungarian looks like Bill Bailey but less musical!

Joolz said...

That rap bit sounds a bit like Rock Me Amadeus.

pandabob said...

The winner of everything has to be the dancing monkey! Nothing can beat that surely??!!

Joolz said...

Plus, he does meditation - you're right, Anonybob, he's the winner! ;)

Lancs. Anon said...

Got to say, the randomness of the gorilla will take some beating!

Greg Lestrade said...

You never know with Eurovision....

Joolz said...

Struggling to hear the words of Portugal but it has a real Disney vibe about it and I quite like the tune.

pandabob said...

Air violin? Got to love it

Greg Lestrade said...

Mrs Hudson says the blond presenter could be John's brother.

Joolz said...

Hands up who spots the first swear word they've snuck onto that blackboard. ;)

Joolz said...

Ooh, now I'm torn - gorilla bopper or horse head???

Greg Lestrade said...

The horse head man danced in an alarming way up that ladder. Health and safety should get onto that.

Greg Lestrade said...

I'm voting Croatian man with no friends but lots of personalities....

pandabob said...

a do it yourself duet has to be the saddest thing ever ;-)

Joolz said...

I'm actually quite liking that one - I'd certainly like to see Graham's version with half man, half drag. :)

Greg Lestrade said...

Australian boy has a very large mouth.

On a side note, can we not travel freely to Australia on our EU passports after Brexit?

Joolz said...

I want some neeeebles!

Joolz said...

They're certainly getting into it aren't they. I don't think they've said the name of the song enough though. He sounded a bit strained on the high bit.

Joolz said...

I'm so glad they've interrupted the songs for this!

Greg Lestrade said...

Surely no one will vote for us - especially with Brexit!

pandabob said...

No one will vote for her but she's done a great job of it which is all she could possibly have hoped for when she set off :-)

Joolz said...

We never get votes usually anyway because of all the politics and you're right that we have even less chance this year with Brexit. That wasn't bad though, quite liked it, though I have heard another version which had a boppy bit in the middle which I think was a little better.

Joolz said...

She can certainly yodel with the best of them. Something scarily catchy about it.

Greg Lestrade said...

...well, she seemed good at yodelling. But very poor at singing...

Lancs. Anon said...

Romanian, best song yet!

Lancs. Anon said...

I totally wanted that hair when I was seventeen

Joolz said...

Sounds a bit like Titanium by Sia.

Greg Lestrade said...

she seemed bored by her own song.... whereas these guys seem too sharp for their own good

Joolz said...

More sockless performers - is there some sort of shortage in Ukraine of which we are unaware?

Lancs. Anon said...

I bet that's dead handy for stopping your sleeves going up in side your (very short) jacket Sleeves!

Greg Lestrade said...

He's a child! And he has a deeper voice than most singers here.

Joolz said...

Well, I have to say that none of them jumped out at me as an outright winner. I thought our girl was good but we obviously won't win. Quite liked Croatia with the split singer and the yodelling was weird but catchy so not really sure who to go for.

Greg Lestrade said...

Sweden was quite catchy, and a good place in the order. Plus, treadmill skills. Memorable.

Greg Lestrade said...

And if you don't vote for Azerbaijan they will leave a horse's head in your bed...

pandabob said...

We have split opinions in this house but the yodelling is one of the favourites.

Greg Lestrade said...

well....the mooning stagecrasher gets my vote :D

Greg Lestrade said...

Can't say Portugal really got me, but well done.

Joolz said...

It wasn't my favourite but it was ok I guess and nice for them to win after all this time. Well done to all and thanks for playing along, it was great fun, as always. :)

pandabob said...

Thanks for the entertainment guys :-)

I hope you didn't cringe too hard all night Mycroft ;-)

REReader said...

Looks like you had quite the viewing party! (I'm sorry I missed it, but that's life...)

Anonymous said...

I saw some references to Eurovision online earlier (my gosh some of those visuals!) and thought of you guys. You and John and the denizens of this blog (do blogs have denizens?) are firmly associated with Eurovision in my head probably forever!

-fA

Greg Lestrade said...

So just as drought is announced we get 24 hours unrelenting rain.... John reports the allotment has gone from dusty to boggy.

REReader said...

We had those rains on Saturday! (Now it's 89F in NYC. Supposed to be even hotter tomorrow. In MAY.)

Kestrel337 said...

It's been raining here all week, off and on. I just rescued hubster's kite collection; a run-out had come off a downspout, so the water was just being funneled directly down the foundation and into the dungeon. (Dungeon being what we call the unfinished portion of the basement). Now there are kites hanging all over my laundry room.

REReader said...

How Mary Poppins of you, Kestrel! (With apologies for Dick Van Dyke's--you should excuse the expression--accent. ;) )
For those who want a link!

Greg Lestrade said...

Good thing about rain - fewer murders. Which we could do with at the moment.
Bad thing - the unrelenting wet and grey really getting me down.

I think I need a holiday.

Kestrel337 said...

Blergh for grey weather in general. And RR, that was my first movie in the theater, so it's special regardless of the poor accent. (And I jokingly refer to Julie Andrews as my 'first voice teacher' because I used to spend literally hours listening to the soundtrack and trying to replicate her sound) I guess I could do worse than be Mary Poppins!

REReader said...

"I used to spend literally hours listening to the soundtrack and trying to replicate her sound" Oh, good--I thought it was just me! :D

Greg Lestrade said...

There is a growing orb in the sky...which naturally means I'm working.

Joolz said...

Working inside when it's nice out is always miserable, you're right. Are you on all weekend or do you get a nice Sunday off to spend with your family after such a busy time lately. Hope you get some time together even if it's not the whole day. Maybe Sherlock & Mrs H could do some lovely baking for your return if you are working; I know that would cheer me up. :)

REReader said...

I hope everyone did something fun at some point during the weekend...

Kestrel337 said...

I hope you did, too, RR. And that things are well with everyone.

We saw Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Enjoyed it very much!

Greg Lestrade said...

Had yesterday and today off. Was going to do some work on the bike, but it was so beautiful today I couldn't be indoors.

Very sad to hear about Nicky Hayden though.

REReader said...

Please tell me no one we know was anywhere near the Ariana Grande concert. (It's sad enough as it is.)

pandabob said...

I hope today isn't too nuts Greg :-(

Greg Lestrade said...

Just thinking of those families and friends who have lost someone. Those kids who will never forget what they saw last night. And the emergency services who won't either.

Anonymous said...

There're a lot of hard places & situations in the world right now (not that there aren't always.) I'm happy to "know" via this blog people committed to making the world a better place, even if sometimes all we can do is to support those around us.

-fA

REReader said...

Hear, hear!

Greg Lestrade said...

We need The Saint...or James Bond... Maybe The Persuaders? RIP Sir Rog. You may not have been my favourite Bond, but you did seem like you'd be the nicest one to sit next to at dinner.

Very strange having the army on the streets of London. Doesn't feel very nice.

Sherlock's school have asked me to go and give a talk to the younger kids to set them at ease... this after however many years of having to stop Sherlock telling the other kids gruesome details about murders! I figure they're getting their money's worth out of me before he goes to big school.

REReader said...

I know I was not happy seeing military jets over Manhattan after 9/11, so I know what you mean, L. It just feels wrong.

I bet Sherlock is pleased about you coming in to speak!

Greg Lestrade said...

Well, small children (hopefully) reassured. Managed to persuade one of the guys who was going off-duty to come long for 15 mins with his explosives sniffer dog, Milly. Kids find that dog way more reassuring than any number of human officers.

Now about to bike home in blazing sunshine with every hope of lolling about in the park for an hour or so once I'm home. Make a change of working with an entire building of very angry people.

pandabob said...

it's nice of you to take the time to help the kids with all this even if you really didn't have a choice ;-)

I hope the sun and the park brighten your day and rid your mind of angry people :-)

REReader said...

I hope the park-lolling was up to standard!

Anonymous said...

I'm sure you (and of course Millie) helped at least a few of the kids feel a bit better. Enjoy all the good times with good people you can get!

-fA

pandabob said...

Are you likely to catch the cup final Greg or are you busy keeping people safe today?

Joolz said...

Well that's something to bring a nice bit of cheer to your weekend, Greg. ;) Well done to the Gunners.

Enjoy your weekend everyone. :)

Greg Lestrade said...

Very happy!!! May have squeezed John and picked him up and spun him around....

REReader said...

I hope everyone's had a good week while I've been offline for Shavuot...

Speaking of "big school" (which you were, L, a week or so ago, I'm so quick on the uptake), has Sherlock made any decisions along those lines?

REReader said...

Is everyone okay? Are you dealing with this London Bridge thing (we don't have very exact news here yet), L?

Anonymous said...

Yeah we do think of you when there's any kind of disaster or violence in London. Especially as even if you've no personal or direct involvement it's got to ratchet up the tension and stretch the resources for those of you working for the police forces.

-fA

Greg Lestrade said...

yeah, very busy.

Greg Lestrade said...

Another week, another minute silence... far too many recntly.

REReader said...

Yeah.

Joolz said...

Just off to set up the Polling Station for the Election so don't forget to all pop out and vote if you get the chance & keep your polling teams busy on their long day. ;)

Have a great day everyone. :)

Greg Lestrade said...

I could honestly have forgotten all about the election. Been too busy, and the timing was so tight, plus the suspensions of campaigns. Luckily got people to remind me. What a difference from the US elections

REReader said...

You lot have a much more sensible view of election campaigning.

Anonymous said...

C'mon, RR. Faint praise that is. At this point singing badgers in clown suits would seem a more sensible mode of election campaigning than what we've made for ourselves!

-fA

REReader said...

Actually, I would LOVE singing badgers in clown suits! Campaigning via memes.... Something to ponder. :D

Anonymous said...

Nice to see that the idea that one can heighten security while drastically cutting police & ancillary support staffing may get some push back following the elections. Does it seem like anything changed enough to expect reconsideration of some of what's being done to the NHS? (Yeah, I know. Nothing's ever actually simple . . .)

-fA

Anon Without A Name said...

I think "singing badgers in clown suits" might have a bit more credibility than the state of politics in the UK right now.

Anon Without A Name said...

Hello all, BTW. Interesting times, right?

Greg Lestrade said...

It seems odd that such a complete mess can also be better than many of us hoped for...

Anonymous said...

That hit the nail on the head Greg.

-fA

Greg Lestrade said...

Absolutely heartbreaking news coming from the fire in West London.

REReader said...

I was just reading about it--fire is so terrifying.

Kestrel337 said...

Today stinks. Is everyone okay?

Greg Lestrade said...

I dont really know what to say. I have seen far far too much death recently.

Anonymous said...

Be good to each other everyone.

-fA

REReader said...

What fA said.

Anon Without A Name said...

There's something really quite upsetting about observing a minute's silence for the victims of one tragedy whilst the news is reporting another.

Also, Brian Cant has died, and I think I'm running out of heartbreak, so if everything could just stop for a while, that would be helpful.

REReader said...

Could we have a do-over on the past few years? (Would we do better if we had a do-over?)

REReader said...

Hey, all--my dad is not doing well, tell me something happy, please?

pandabob said...

I'm sorry RR :-(

Not doing great for happy things anywhere right now BUT it is school sports day today and for the first time in years it's not actually raining :-D all three of my kids are excited because it's the first one they've all been involved in and I'm trying not to worry about all the things I should be doing today instead of yoyoing back and forth to school to watch them all. ;-)

I hope the day brings something good for everyone, even if only a little thing.

Anon Without A Name said...

I'm sorry to hear that RR.

For happy things, I recommend the @dog_rates twitter account, full of excellent dogs for your perusal and delight. Alternatively, I brng you this: https://twitter.com/BevanJa/status/876914172595904512 - Londoners bringing flowers to Finsbury Park Mosque in solidarity with the people who worship there.

REReader said...

Thanks, Nameless--Cute puppies are cute and unity is heartwarming!

It looks like we are going to have to move my father to hospice care in the very near future. It's very hard.

Anonymous said...

Oh RR, I'm sorry to hear that. Good hospice care can be a huge relief for the family (in my experience) in some ways, but it doesn't fix the one thing everyone wishes were different. I'll be holding your dad and family in my intentions.

-fA

Greg Lestrade said...

Best wishes to your dad and all your family, RR.

Good news feels fairly sparse recently.

John and Sherlock did bring some strawberries home from our allotment yesterday. Delicious, all the more for being home grown.

REReader said...

Thanks, L and fA.

Next time, see if you can get a photo of the strawberries before they disappear, please! :)

Kestrel337 said...

I'm sorry, RR, and will hold your family in my heart.

piplover said...

Sorry to hear things aren't going well with your dad, RR. I'll keep you and your family in my thoughts.

The past few months have been rather horrible, haven't they? At least we have each other. Sometimes that's all we can ask for. I'm so thankful I've met everyone here, even if just in cyberspace.

Tomorrow I'm going to a free showing of the Princess Bride at a local theater. I think a little fantasy and "twu love" is what the world needs.

Joolz said...

Sorry to hear about your Dad, RR. I'm sure they'll give him the very best care and you'll be able to cheer him along with your visits.

That sounds like a great idea, Piplover; I love that film, even if it does have 'kissing parts'. :)

I agree, it is great to have everyone on here to help get us through these things, everyone is very supportive which is just what is needed. If anyone was interested I would be happy to do one of our games for Wimbledon if anyone wanted to try and lift their spirits a little but it's only a suggestion if you don't feel it's appropriate.

Anon Without A Name said...

Hi Joolz - I don't know about anyone else (and I don't know anything about tennis), but I could definitely do with a little lifting of the spirits right now.

REReader said...

Thanks, all.

I'm in favor of a Wimbledon game!

Anonymous said...

I'm in for Wimbledon. Even though I haven't been following the game as closely this last year or so - refreshing myself on the young ones will be a fun distraction!

-fA

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