6th August – Currently watching the documentary Shoah by Claude Lanzmann, all 9 hours of it, for an hour and a half each night. Each night I’m also learning German online.
7th August – This morning I woke when it was dark and looked at my clock’s glow-in-the-dark hands: 6 o’clock. After a long time waiting for the sun to rise, I looked at the clock again: 2 o’clock. The clock hands, the first time, must have actually said 12.30 am.
8th August – Through my window I watched a man arrive in a black car wearing a black suit and very black glasses. He had a quiet conversation with two guys in hoodies, then opened his car door and invited them to get in, gently touching one on the back, a reluctant passenger. The car moved away slowly.
9th August – A Superb Fairy-wren just landed on my windowsill. Never seen this in the 15 years I’ve been here. It’s female and looks like a fat flying mouse with a vertical tail.
10th August – Heard a story on the news about a Dalmatian breeder who also owns a newborn Dorper lamb which has black spots on a white-based coat (normally they have a black head on a white body). The lamb’s mother has rejected it, but a female Dalmatian has adopted it, licking it every now and then. The lamb has tried to nuzzle up to her udder.