One problem with knowing so many wonderful people is that I didn't get to see some of them at Whitby for more than a wave or a quick hug: so Alex, Squiggle, Kitty, Ara, Giolla, Fury and all, sorry for the briefness :( I know, if I'd had the energy to make it to the 80s Night I'd have seen more of you, but I was too knackered and full of cake :)
And for once I didn't spend far too much money. Three pairs of second-hand trousers (one pair of grey cammos, two pairs of loopy buckly black ones from the bring-and-buy), one second-hand book (Algernon Blackwood's Tales of the Uncanny and Supernatural) and three CDs: Wake, a two disc Dead Can Dance compilation; Lisa Gerrard and Pieter Bourke's Duality; and Qntal's Nihil maxi-single. Good stuff! Also, in the second-hand shop that seems to have been closing for the last year and a half but still hasn't closed, I found two small black reproduction Egyptian statuettes: the classic head of Nefertiti (perfect for my mother, who collects those heads) and a lovely seated scribe, which I gave to James for his birthday.
I also found my first "wild" BookCrossing book in Whitby: a Penguin Classics paperback of The Picture of Dorian Gray. It was sitting on the steps of a café with a pink "Free book!" Post-it on the cover. How could I resist? I've read the work before, some years ago, so what a good way to refresh my memory of it.
On the way up to Whitby we stopped off briefly to surprise-visit my parents, and they were delighted to see us. Mum's cheek is healing nicely, though the area on her neck that they took a skin patch off to graft onto her cheek still looks sore. Dad's nose is badly swollen, poor guy. He's had his final scan yesterday, and tomorrow is his first radiotherapy session.
Jus is currently in London for four days on a training course; he'll be back on Friday. I've put four growbags in the garden and watered them preparatory to planting out the butternut squash and courgette plants. And while we were away, my Sansevieria trifasciata has flowered. It's far too early in the year for it to be so hot and sunny! I'd better get some more of my hay-fever tablets, since the horse chestnut trees that the council so kindly planted throughout the city will all be shedding pollen in vast quantities :(
Well, that's all the news that I can think of; time to catch up on all the stuff that's accumulated over the break.
 I could have stayed and got a lift back with someone else, but I wouldn't have enjoyed it so much without Jus, and I wanted to spend that bit more time with him, given that he was going to be away all this week.