So Sad

It started with a red light on the dashboard and a missed flight to Scotland and just over a week later its ended with red rust in the sub frame and call to the scrappy. Yes, at long last our trusty bus of the last 5 years and hero of many a Glamping trip has…

My annual dilemma

If the pressure of first having to choose between Brexit or Brexin, then the mental turmoil of Donald verses Hillary wasn’t enough, I’m now faced with a decision that frankly completely eclipses these political events. Over the last two days I, like I’m sure most of the rest of the country, have been mentally wrestling…

A way of Life

1967 was one of those milestone years for me. After living in Patcham since the age of 5¾, things were about to change. I’d just turned 18 and was about to leave home, or to be more accurate home was about to leave me, as Mum and Dad were at last to realise their long…

Death in the Afternoon

Oh what a tragedy, my magnificent 15ft high and 15ft wide Sumach brought from my old house in Oakdale 17 years ago as a 9 inch rooted sucker has fallen foul of today’s stormy weather, the victim of a summer squall. Classically vulnerable, in full leaf, so with maximum sail effect and following a long…

Nettles

  In my garden this year I’ve decided to leave a clump of nettles. As well as the basis for an amazing liquid feed, these remarkable plants are brilliant for wildlife and among the insects that lay their egg on them are some of our most iconic butterflies including both the Peacock and Red Admiral….