Piano by Jean Echenoz

Every so often I come across a book that stirs a desire in me. I must read everything the author has ever written. In my childhood it was Enid Blyton. I was doing nicely. Until that is a teacher told…

Big Jobs

Now I love a ‘To Do’ list. Ticking things off multiple things each day brings me immense satisfaction. But in the last week I’ve been concentrating on a couple of big jobs. They’re still ongoing. My tick quotient for the…

Temptation

One of the best ways of not spending money is to avoid shops and online shopping sites. Buying things from eBay and the charity shops to resell is therefore hazardous. The temptation to acquire things for personal use comes in…

Otway and Barrett

As Micky Flanagan might say we went ‘Out Out’ last night. This is rare. Most evenings I’d sooner be tucked up in bed pretty earlier with a book and a mug of something hot. That’s old age for you. But…

Lucky Heather

Hot on the heels of a trip to Plymouth we headed northwards to Somerset. In the interest of fuel economy in these expensive times we purposely planned back to back trips to save on mileage. Hot Stuff’s mum wanted to…

British Fireworks Championship

We hadn’t seen our friend Salty Dog for a few months so a catch up was overdue.   I invited her over to Brixham this week for supper and a swim.  But she trumped me.   ‘Why don’t you come and see…