It’s Monday. I’m now into day three of annual leave. I feel rested and normal. Quite an achievement. Today I have been to the beach. I lay in the sun. I listened to music. I just chilled.

It feels like a long time since I have been able to do this without feeling guilty about all manner of things. The temperature is in the high twenties and it is just so good for the soul.

Lunch today was salad and ragú. Stew made with pig cheeks and vegetables. I’m still working my way through this being vegetarian business and so for holiday purposes and not to cause offence, I’m flexitarian. This meant putting the biggest pieces of meat onto my husband’s plate. I have found that having cut down on meat whenever I do eat it, it appears to play havoc with my digestion. Maybe I’m imagining it but it’s very real and not so pleasant.

And so now I feel a siesta coming on. I’m going to take my current book ‘The Chimp Paradox’ and sit lie in the sun and pretend to read.

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