Sometimes I Despair

Posted By on 11th December 2017

Ever had the feeling you haven’t quite got to grips with something? I’ve been gardening seriously for 20+ years now but never cease to surprise horrify myself.


Hedges (again)

Posted By on 4th December 2017

Regular readers will no doubt be aware of our ‘love/hate’ relationship with hedges. It all began back in 1998 when we moved into Ravendale House. The hedge cutting there was an annual event that took us several days to complete.


Charity Shops – Caveat Emptor

Posted By on 27th November 2017

In the beginning I have to confess I was a bit of a snob when it came to Charity Shops. I was the same with the new breed of cut price supermarkets, but I’m pleased to say I’ve now seen the light on both counts.


‘Strictly’ – Harbinger Of Doom (But not really)

Posted By on 20th November 2017

Each year as the popular BBC entertainment show begins it’s run at the beginning of September I feel depressed, because for me ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ heralds the start of Winter.


Living With A Paranoid Cat

Posted By on 13th November 2017

Regular readers might remember how, just about a year ago, we lost Leonard and found Poppy. You might also remember how we were surprised to find out from her original owner how old she is, somewhere about 15 years now.



Posted By on 6th November 2017

At this time of year as gardening and day trip stories dry up I’m always on the look out for interesting things to write about and inspiration sometimes comes unexpectedly.



Posted By on 30th October 2017

I can remember the registration number of my parents first car in 1960 (NJX 942) but all subsequent numbers, theirs, mine and ours, have been lost in the mists of time. In fact I’d go as far as saying that I don’t even understand how modern numbers are allocated.


Modern Life

Posted By on 23rd October 2017

When I was growing up I can remember my grandparents, and my parents when they got older, saying how they could no longer identify with the world they lived in. At the time I didn’t really understand what they meant, but I think I do now.


Good Life

Posted By on 16th October 2017

Those of you of a certain age will no doubt remember the popular BBC Sit Com ‘The Good Life’. It was the story of a suburban couple who left the rat race and became self sufficient by turning all their garden over to fruit and vegetable production. They even had chickens, 2 pigs, Pinky and Perky, a goat called Geraldine and who could forget Lenin the cockerel!



Posted By on 9th October 2017

Don’t worry, we haven’t embarked on another building project, nor am I taking Peter to a fancy hairdresser so he can have a change from the ‘No.3’ he normally gets from me, no this is about extending the paths and beds in the vegetable garden.