And So It Begins (again)

Posted By on 18th November 2020

Having gone as far as I can reasonably go in the garden at no.14, I’m turning my attention to the inside. Six and a bit years on from starting ‘Grassy Bottom’, it’s feeling a bit like déjà vu.


Quarry Tiles

Posted By on 4th November 2020

I’ve always liked quarry tiles, don’t ask me why because I don’t know, but there were lots of them at ‘Grassy Bottom’ and when we were doing the renovations I spent a couple of hours with Danny carefully digging up the pantry floor and saving some of the better ones.



Posted By on 28th October 2020

Several years ago I had a small fleshy wart on my arm. It didn’t hurt and wasn’t unsightly but it did catch on short-sleeved shirts which was just plain annoying.


More Kitten Stuff

Posted By on 21st October 2020

I’m pleased to say the kittens in Scotland are doing well. Janice can’t get any jobs done and Graham can’t spin his wool in the shed, but the 7 little furry bundles of mischief, fun and energy are thriving. So that’s alright then!


Phase 1 Complete

Posted By on 14th October 2020

A couple of weeks ago, when I last wrote about the front garden, I had just finished getting rid of all the various kinds of debris and marked it out ready for the 15square metres of turf.


And Then There Were 7

Posted By on 3rd October 2020

Well, I think we can all agree that 2020 has been a strange year and history will no doubt file it in the ‘you couldn’t make it up’ category. This has been particularly true in Scotland for my sister and her husband, but in their case due to cats, not Covid.


Steady Progress

Posted By on 25th September 2020

So you’re 66 years old, have just had the 2 most stressful years of your entire life, what do you do? Why embark on a fairly major garden renovation project of course. Not as big as the one at ‘Grassy Bottom’ I grant you, but I am several years older and flying solo now.


Two Years

Posted By on 18th September 2020

After the excitement of the stick insects, things have returned to a more leisurely pace here at No.14!!


3 Stick Insects And Other Stories

Posted By on 31st August 2020

‘Every day’s a school day’ that’s what Peter used to say, and he was right too. Why? Well, I’ve just spent the last 2 weeks learning how to look after 3 Indian Stick Insects. Feel free to laugh, everyone I’ve told so far has found it highly amusing.


‘Harry Potter’

Posted By on 15th August 2020

I’ve written recently about my sister and how, earlier this year, she was thrust into the world of cats by feral, pregnant, visitor Isla

The plan had been to re-home the kittens, ‘Harry Potter’ and his sibling, with a neighbour, but things didn’t go according to plan, as he proved impossible to catch, though his sister is now in her new home.