Hmmm ... well .. I thought summer was over. Wimbledon has finished, the first blackberries have been picked and it's raining. Sounds like the end of summer to me. :-)
But in the spirit of beating my brans out ('cos I actually found this hard!) here is my rather pathetic list ...
Run a Successful Conference. For the Anthony Powell Society; at the beginning of September. Yep, I'm organising it (again — that only five of the last six!). It certainly promises to be good, but you never know until you get there if some joker or other is going to be put into play. So let's hope all the speakers turn up; the venue works OK and the events all run smoothly.
Kill off my Depression. I've had depression for far far too long. It's high time it b*ggered off for good. It's certainly better than it was; I've halved my dose of anti-depressants this Spring and the hypnotherapy seems to be doing some good. Now for the remainder, please!
While we're at it can I also Get Rid of my Hayfever once and for all. It had really p'ed me off more than usual this Summer as I've been having really itchy, watering eyes despite my usual anti-histamines. After 50-odd years enough is enough. Thank you!
Visit Kew Gardens at least once on a nice day. Kew is one of my favourite places, but despite living only a few miles away we get there all too seldom. At least one visit is a must this summer.
Prospect Cottage, Dungeness, home of the late Derek Jarman.
© Copyright Dr Keith C Marshall, 2010.
Finally we need a Holiday. But it ain't going to happen until after the conference in September. Does that still count? We're going off to wallow in decent B&B in New Romney, Kent. The Romney Marsh area is another of my favourite places: wide open spaces; Dungeness; seaside; medieval churches; RH&D Railway. And I have ancestors from New Romney and around the edges of the Romney Marsh, so we'll be doing some family history while we're there too. Mix and match depending on the weather, but get away and get some good sea air — and even better if it is warm and sunny.
Will that do?