To repurpose, or not, that is the question…

Yes, your veritable howls of derision were heard this far south in French France when I casually displayed my penchant for repurposing items that were no longer of use. On arrival here last December, one of my first tasks was to remove from the wall in the Gatehouse an offending cooker extractor hood that wouldContinue reading “To repurpose, or not, that is the question…”

No Makeup, No Problem…

I decided not to wear makeup today. Now to many of you, that might be a shock. But along with the high (something for the weekend sir?) heels and the lacy whatevers, today was a day for getting down and dirty. So it was to be no makeup, but instead, jeans with a t-shirt comboContinue reading “No Makeup, No Problem…”

Living with a Bosslady…

Moving swiftly on from the previous On Being Liberal…with a small L Blog and not one to cause a scene or debacle for longer than is strictly necessary, it may simply be due to the previous six months and eighteen days (or 199 days in total) and the total lack of tactile connectivity between CharlotteContinue reading “Living with a Bosslady…”

On being liberal…with a small L

“Laser 558, broadcasting live from the North Sea, where the music is only a minute away…”  A classic strapline from the Laser pirate radio station that competed with Radio Caroline during the early 1980’s, when broadcasting music to eager listeners from ships moored in international waters near the Thames Estuary was the height of livingContinue reading “On being liberal…with a small L”

I’ve Nailed it……

There is no more I can do. Alfie left school today and with that momentous achievement, moved inexorably towards his future life in the Royal Navy. Charlotte and I have got him through his school years. The final child of three, Alfie has been by far the easiest to drag through those years of schoolingContinue reading “I’ve Nailed it……”

Through the Square Window…

All of us who are of a certain age in the UK will recall a daily television programme that took us all on a journey from the starting point of a shaped window. Not always square, but always a window that started off blurred and opaque which then cleared to reveal the intended story. OneContinue reading “Through the Square Window…”

On Being Lonely…

The hours between 2am and 4am always seem to be the time when I am most troubled by wakefulness. By this time I have usually had three or four hours sleep. Not full sleep as there are often periods of light sleep during this time where I know I am in bed and should beContinue reading “On Being Lonely…”

On Having a Plan

You’ve got to have a plan. An idea. A goal. Something you want to achieve in life. Charlotte and I have had a five year plan. We all know that the best laid plans of mice and men don’t always come to fruition and there are often setbacks along the way. Many people questioned ourContinue reading “On Having a Plan”

On Taking A Chance…

We can all lay claim to taking chance decisions in life that, in retrospect, have been less than wise. Not one to hide in a cave lamenting my failings in private, I confess to many times acting in a manner that would raise an eyebrow or two from those who purport to know better, whoContinue reading “On Taking A Chance…”

Why me…?

On a week that has witnessed the most privileged among us discussing the lack of fairness in one’s life, I’ve woken today with a shout of agony as my back has decided for some reason to not play ball, contracting the lower muscles into an agonising, screaming knot of pain and discomfort.  “You’ve retired” IContinue reading “Why me…?”