This is a field blog – written when I should be sleeping. My cluster of B*s are knee deep in Appleby, Westmorland to celebrate Mum’s 70th.

It has been a right laugh so far – good memories are being formed and catch ups are being nigh on relished. It is great to see mum, dad and my siblings and their families.

But, I have imported a Harrogate sleep cycle to this jaunt :-(

It is approaching half past three in the morning and it the fourth time I have woken up this morning – I mean, I am knackered, just can’t sleep through. Richard W. (a nurse I see regularly) reckons it could be Long Covid.

This is quite a substantial diagnosis.

It means I could be without good sleep for 14-16 months yet. If sleep ever comes back. Pity, I used to get so much from sleep. At least it isn’t a respiratory malady.

I will keep you posted, without whining…. either way, happy birthday, Mum!


Andrew Backhouse is a Yorkshire-based artist working with time-based media and digital collage. He is a self-confessed radio geek and he hopes to share his wonder. He also wants to share his naivety and enthusiasm for finding something interesting. Henri Chopin, AGF, and RuPaul influence Andrew’s artistic enquiry. Documenting “The new shiny thing,” Andrew tries to share his excitement for it. But, he also asks about its authenticity and worth.

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