Sunday 1st August

Andrew has cruised into Bembridge Harbour in his gorgeous boat and taken Felix to Corfu - we are so happy he is going and so appreciative of the fact they haven't had a summer holiday without Felix for three years but it's SO painful that they are all going and we are not. How ridiculous is that - with all the significance of what is happening for us what's a holiday but we are so flat and sad when we get back from saying goodbye that we bundle Rose into the car and drive up onto the Downs for a gentle walk and a lovely pub supper with the dog.

Radiotherapy appointments start this week on the mainland and Felix is so completely in the best place. Heat and luxury terribly overrated.