Give Us A Sign…

How many times do we ask the universe, God, or life in general for a sign? A sign to show us what to do, where to go, who to see, who not to see, what to buy, or even give away?  All of us at some point will have looked back with that wonderful giftContinue reading “Give Us A Sign…”

On Giving Freely…

An ancient historical text is littered with references to charity, extolling the virtues of giving to others. If read as a blueprint for our happy co-existence, the second part of the whole group of manuscripts could be viewed as an instruction that success can only be achieved by the outpouring of love from one toContinue reading “On Giving Freely…”

Letting Go…

The ground is hot to sit on. Even the scorched grass gives little comfort and the summer haze shimmers as the temperature nudges 30 degrees. It’s hot. Stiflingly so. Wicker hampers, disgorging chilled champagne, wine and lashings of ginger beer, do little to take the edge of, what is looking like, a sweltering and chart-topping-since-records-began,Continue reading “Letting Go…”

Concerning Nut Milk…

In an attempt to maintain my racing snake figure, Charlotte has decreed that I should change my intake from less of the bad stuff to comestibles of more nutritional value. And move more. Chocolate, being a plant and, by default, of vegetable origin, it somehow doesn’t count as one of my five a day andContinue reading “Concerning Nut Milk…”

Being AWOL

We have three cats. Bagheera (Bags), Gin and Tonic. It’s been many months since we last saw Bags. He disappeared over the allotments one day and found the stash of birds, rats, mice and other tasty vermin there far tastier than the dried food he received from this quarter. He became the rodent killer ofContinue reading “Being AWOL”

Three Reasons To Be Cheerful…

“It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life…and I’m feeling good” sings Nina Simone. Following on from my Facebook post of ‘Woke up today…result!’ I wanted to share with you the time when I recently bumped into Anthony Hopkins, who was sporting a Covid-19 lockdown hairstyle, just like lots of usContinue reading “Three Reasons To Be Cheerful…”

Black Boot Bashing

Following the Moroccan Atlas Mountain debacle in February 2018, Charlotte and I beat a retreat back to England. Today, two years later, I pulled my dusty boots off the shelf and gave them a thorough inspection as, with restrictions imminently being lifted, our home in France might finally be accessible to us and I willContinue reading “Black Boot Bashing”

Being a Bright Spark

During this Bank Holiday weekend, I set myself the challenge of entering the Shed and sorting out the contents, as my dear friend Barry, has been cathartically clearing out his own. As I am not one to not look the proverbial gift horse in the mouth, with open arms I welcomed important ‘stock’ from hisContinue reading “Being a Bright Spark”

Back on Bacon

“Alfie, would you like me to bring you a bacon roll for your lunch tomorrow?” asked Charlotte. Bacon? Did someone mention bacon? Now to be fair, someone only has to say something similar to bacon, like “are we back on for the weekend?” for my little ears to prick up and take notice. It mustContinue reading “Back on Bacon”

Being Loved

It’s five minutes to six in the morning. I know this because I’ve been awake for some time now and had to listen while the birds perform their morning dawn chorus. They always start at the first crack of sparrow’s fart and witter on for the next two hours extolling the virtues of their ownContinue reading “Being Loved”