Yearly Archive: 2018

The five star rating that left me cold

Posted on December 30, 2018

Do you give your departing house guests a rating on a scale of one to five? I hope you said no to that, otherwise what kind of weirdo host are you?  What about a paying guest? Me, for instance. Say I’m renting your holiday apartment for a week. I’m.. >>> more

This is your captain speaking

Posted on August 30, 2018

We were flying Ryanair from Stansted Airport.  We were boarded, belted, ready for take off. Our flight to Belfast was bang on schedule. Then the pilot made an announcement. Well, more of an apology actually, which is never a good sign. There would.. >>> more

Let the wind blow high, let the wind blow low

Posted on June 27, 2018

I spent last week on the island of Skye. It was lovely, apart from the wind. Sorry, I mean breeze. Skye is a glorious place to visit. The food is great, the people are friendly and the scenery is stunning. It’s also a wind-free zone, if the local.. >>> more

Thirty minus one

Posted on April 29, 2018

Thirty years married. How could it have slipped our minds?  We’re not good with wedding anniversaries. Sometimes we remember; sometimes we don’t. This was one we forgot. We felt deflated. Thirty years together is a big deal. We should have had.. >>> more

Boris the bird

Posted on March 30, 2018

A dishevelled blackbird has taken up residence in my garden. Blackbirds are renowned for their sleek, ink-black plumage. This bird’s feathers are grubby and matted. Sticking out at odd angles, they look as if they’ve been plucked from his body and.. >>> more

He piles 'em high

Posted on February 21, 2018

I could grow to hate books. A strange thing for a writer to say but hear me out.  Most of the time I love them. Of course I do. It’s only during the weekly house clean that love turns to hate. Books are heavy, especially the gargantuan tomes bought.. >>> more

Creeping guilt is worse than creeping pounds

Posted on January 18, 2018

I’ve just eaten the last Christmas mince pie. It tasted great! In my defence, it was a mini mince pie. Less than 200 calories. So not much harm done. There’s also some leftover Stilton cheese in the fridge. Better eat that too before it goes out of.. >>> more

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The five star rating that left me cold

Posted on December 30, 2018

Do you give your departing house guests a rating on a scale of one to five? I.. >>> more