Up, up and away- not.

Last week on a morning at seven we were supposed to be going up, up and away in a hot air balloon. But, for the third time it was cancelled because of the adverse weather expected. Apparently with winds over 10 mph and not enough possible landing sites available that are not waterlogged our flight […]

Two funerals and a mud-slide

For the past few years I’ve been using Blogger to host my blog. But last month when they updated the site it wouldn’t work with the app on my iPad. So I’ve had to find a new host. Hence this will be my first blog on WordPress. You can enter your email address in the […]

Purbeck Vineyard

It was Val’s 80th birthday on Valentine’s day so as a big surprise the whole family has been secretly planning to take her away for the weekend. Being twenty of us we needed to find a place to accomodate us all. Louisa came up with answer – Purbeck Vineyard in Dorset. It’s located just a […]


I took this photograph of the ironmongery store at Milestones a couple of years ago. The other day I thought I’d make a large painting based on on some of the many interesting things displayed there. So yesterday my young friend and I took a trip to Basingstoke to have another look and to take […]

Catching up with the Year

A film you must see is Darkest Hour. We went to the Regal in Henley on thursday evening. Abdolutely fantastic. Gary Oldmwn as Winston Churchill gave an amazing performance. Depicting the period just before Churchill was elected Prime Minister up to the evacuation of 300,000 allied troops from the beaches of Dunkirk in June 1940 […]

Nearly New Year

One of my new year resolutions is to write my blog more frequently in the future. Since I had the operation to replace my hip with a new one I’ve really not done very much. At least I’ve graduated from 2 crutches, through one crutch, and now to one stick. In some respects I’m impatient […]


It’s been nearly five weeks since my hip replacement operation and as nothing of note has happened I haven’t written a blog. Hobbling around on crutches presents all sorts of difficulties but we have managed to accumulate a number of devices to help out. The ‘sock-putter-on’ is really good – except that my socks have […]