I’m not sure where to start. Day +100, perhaps? How much hair can one man wear? [beware: video contains some flashes]

Yep – I hit three figures and had a small, hairy celebration with a few friends, toasting the three-digit milestone and raising money for Macmillan.

George and Mariacristina with 1+0+0 cakes and a sparkler
One hundred not out!

This came after promising results from my bone marrow biopsy – tempered by the doctors’ decision to do another one (today) to clear up a little lingering uncertainty.

George, with beard
A real beard?

I also had an original (as opposed to bone marrow) birthday, and was spoilt rotten by Mariacristina, who, erm, took me to Brussels for lunch, and to a night at the opera (The Pearl Fishers, with a fabulous Sophie Bevan in the lead role)…

George at St Pancras station with a guide to Brussels
Seriously?!

I tried to return the favour by booking a night in a hotel and dinner at a posh restaurant, both on the Brighton seafront, for our wedding anniversary. Of course, we also had fish and chips on the pier…

Pudding, with 'Happy Anniversary' written on plate
GB1 at the Grand
Mariacristina and George on a Brighton merry-go-round
Back in the saddle
Fish and chips and Mariacristina on Brighton Pier
Heston says it’s the spiritual home of fish and chips…

My gorgeous newest nephews and niece were christened in Oxford – and I was there, which was fabulous. Unfortunately the trip home wasn’t quite so comfortable, which ruled out the possibility of my joining the rest of the family down in Devon, but I’m sure they’ve been having a terribly boring time anyway.

Family in Devon
Straight to the pub, apparently
Family around dinner table
Hello!

We did at least get Freddie and Kelly over on their way back to Vancouver, though, and took them to Naples (well, Addommè in Streatham) to share pizzas. We can’t wait to see Harriet, Duncan and the twins soon before they go back to Malaysia!

Fred, Kelly, George and Mariacristina
Nearly Napoli
addommepizza_g+mc+f+k
Sharing (pizza) is caring

Meanwhile, Anna’s raised almost £4,000 for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research through her fantastic achievement in completing the Blenheim Palace triathlon. It would be fabulous if we could nudge her over the £4k mark, so if you haven’t contributed already, or even if you have, do please drop a few pounds in the coffers!

Montage of Anna, George and Andrew dressed up as George. And ducks.
Heroic efforts by Anna and Bath Duck (and Andrew dressed up as George)

It’s a strange time, in many ways. I’ve got through the most dangerous first few months, but am still vulnerable and still having to be careful about crowds in enclosed spaces and other possible sources of infection. My energy levels are variable, and I do get pretty worn out after particularly active days. It’s great to get out more, though, and all in all, life feels good!

The wagon rolls on, and though there’s no map for the road ahead, we’re picking up speed, checking the wheels won’t fall off and looking for the bumps to flatten out.

Next stop: Day +150?!

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