Two Years

| 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

| 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’

| 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 […]

One Year On

| 1st August 2020

Well, it’s exactly 1 year since I first sold ‘Grassy Bottom’ and bought ‘No. 14’. Regular readers will know its been a turbulent 12 months full of highs, lows, disappointments and set-backs and that things didn’t get sorted until June this year, but I’m here now and that’s all that matters.

The First Six Weeks

| 25th July 2020

My niece and her family are away this weekend and my broadband has just been connected today (at long last), so I’m taking the opportunity to reflect on the last few weeks and the huge changes that have occurred in my life.


| 16th July 2020

A few weeks ago I told you about my sister’s recent sortie into the world of cat ownership, with the lovely Isla and her 3 adorable kittens. Sadly 3 have become 2, the fate of the missing kitten is unknown, but I’m pleased to report that the 2 remaining ones are going from strength to […]


| 9th July 2020

Hiring a skip is always exciting, it is a harbinger of progress and good things to come, so Jenni and I decided to share one.

Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

| 2nd July 2020

Well its been a long time coming, but finally I’m here in my new home ‘no.14’. Having survived all the ups and downs of the last 11 months (I’ve been trying to move here since August 1st last year) things were looking good for the beginning of May, however, our plans got scuppered by lockdown. […]

I’m Moving House – – – –

| 12th June 2020

– – – – – – – so things could go quiet for a while, but I’ll be back.


| 1st June 2020

Growing up Janice and I had various pets, most notably Napolean the hamster, Chester the rabbit and Simba the cat. As adults, we have gone down different animal roads with Janice having dogs, Sam and Luke, (golden lab and sheepdog) who are sadly no longer with us and currently beautiful black lab brothers, Aran and […]