On The Serious Matter Of Pens

I write. Badly. I don't mean in the stylistic sense. At least I hope not. My handwriting is awful. Southpaws are legendary for this failing and I have true "doctor's writing", which is, I suppose, appropriate. However, you know you have a problem when you can't read your own degenerate scrawl. My solution to this … Continue reading On The Serious Matter Of Pens

Lockdown, Resolutions & Micro Changes

I resolved to be a better blogger this year. To have a plan. To have a consistent theme to blog on and to write at least once a week. Well. You know what? I have failed to keep to this simple formula. But I am not downcast, here is why. Firstly, beating yourself up about … Continue reading Lockdown, Resolutions & Micro Changes

Prisoner No More!

I am not a number, I am a free man. It applied to Patrick McGoohan's character and it applies to me. Today I took a step I should have taken years ago. I deleted Facebook. I exterminated that permanent little grey cloud nagging in my phone and computer. It was not easy. Despite resolving to … Continue reading Prisoner No More!

Composting Love…

OK so this is probably a little weird but I am going to write a paean of praise for my new compost bin. Yes, my compost bin. I don't think I have gone completely crazy so here's why. You know we all have loads of kitchen waste, veg peeling etc that we put in the … Continue reading Composting Love…

Small Pleasures… Part 2

There are so many simple things in life that cost nothing but give me pleasure that I need to focus on and be mindful of... Sitting in a sunny window on a cold day, feeling the warmth of the sun and watching passing people all wrapped up in the cold. An open fire, sitting around … Continue reading Small Pleasures… Part 2

Small Pleasures… Part 1

There are so many simple things in life that cost nothing but give me pleasure that I need to focus on and be mindful of... Sitting under my fishing umberella, or in a tent, on a warm still summmer day when it is raining hard but there is no wind so I am cosy and … Continue reading Small Pleasures… Part 1

Soups Of Joy… Pea & Ham

pea ham soup white bowl on slate background

Food and mood. I think the two are inextricably linked. I have used food scenes as a way of putting the brakes on the pace of my writing. Eating and cooking implies a pause, a steadying of the narrative pace, a time to take stock - literally in the case of soup. 'Renaissance' is set … Continue reading Soups Of Joy… Pea & Ham

Is It Tango? Or Something Else? Part 2

tango dancers pose

The next form of Tango - still very much part of the canon and very popular is the Vals or tango waltz. It is danced to a waltz beat and some of the style borrows from the classic ballroom waltz. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1a-o0M8JJfc