Daily Dribble…Sri Lanka #4/4

Tuesday, Day 11. Sometimes in this life something happens that is totally unexpected and you have to roll with the way the dice lands. Finding yourself out of your comfort zone is often as a result of such a moment as this.  Today I visited a Tea Leaf Trust Centre for professional development, in Udapussellawa,Continue reading “Daily Dribble…Sri Lanka #4/4”

Daily Dribble…Sri Lanka #3/4

Friday, Day 7 and following our final breakfast at Castle Hill Bungalow, Kandy, we are finally off on a train ride to Nuwara Eliya. At the train station in Kandy, Charlotte decides it will be a fabulous idea to have a few nibbles for the journey. It’s due to take 4 hours to climb intoContinue reading “Daily Dribble…Sri Lanka #3/4”

Daily Dribble…Sri Lanka #2/4

Monday, Day 3 and we have been delivered to the Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya where the scale and grandeur make you feel very small and young as this historic space dates back to 1821. At 32°c today even though I’d like to have some of these specimens in our garden, the humidity needed to keepContinue reading “Daily Dribble…Sri Lanka #2/4”

Daily Dribble…Sri Lanka #1

Back when the United Kingdom made multiple vehicle marques for home and worldwide export, a company called British Leyland, which allegedly used the parts bin to create different vehicles across many ranges, produced for a time a vehicular collection that now can only be found rotting in junkyards, or lauded in motor museums as throwbacksContinue reading “Daily Dribble…Sri Lanka #1”

She Loves Me…

Here today in French France, Charlotte dictated that it should be her duty to clean the bathroom.  Now before everyone gets keyboard-warrior-like with me over this and, in an attempt to amadouer* those who say a bathroom should only contain a bath, ‘it’s in the title’ etc, etc, etc, blah, blah, blah, our bathroom notContinue reading “She Loves Me…”

Charity & Philanthropy… A Love Story To The World

My Consultant Neurologist (ret’d) friend recently asked me, “Daniel, if you won the Lottery, what would you do with it?”  “It would enable me to be more philanthropic,” I answered. “You do so much charity work already,” he said. “How would unlimited funds make a difference?” Steve’s question highlights the subtle nuances between charity andContinue reading “Charity & Philanthropy… A Love Story To The World”

Fear of Heights…Paralysing Funk!

As I stood with one foot on top of the scaffold tower platform and my other foot on the first rung of our tallest ladder, for the first time in my life this Friday, I was gripped in the cold funk of paralysing fear.  Even though the ambient February temperature had only risen to +6°,Continue reading “Fear of Heights…Paralysing Funk!”

Menopause, A Man’s Perspective…

Having survived the last thirty to forty years since leaving school and making my way in life, I am now in a position to look backwards as well as forwards from the crossroads of being in my late 50’s. Keep that fact between you and me as, just between us, I’m still 27… Settled withinContinue reading “Menopause, A Man’s Perspective…”

On English Road Trips…

Being a connoisseur of the finest Full English Breakfast has always proved a heavy load to bear, as one is consumed with an overarching attempt to find the one that beats the previous holder of the title, at Every Given Opportunity. That said, a recent road trip to the UK with Charlotte was one ofContinue reading “On English Road Trips…”

Gone Native…

As I staggered down this morning to flick the switch on the kettle for the early brew of hot lemon, I caught ‘the look’ from Ruby, deep within her hiding place under the stairs as her gimlet eyes glinted up at me while winter’s dawn broke far across the distant hillside and the rising sunContinue reading “Gone Native…”