This year my lads both celebrated significant birthdays,so after rummaging through the pics (vol might be a bit quiet) –
The arrival of Covid-19 has greatly disrupted the world and daily life in a very short period of time. Though flu stats are hard to pin down, here’s a thumbnail summary for some perspective on Covid-19 – The Great Spanish Fu epidemic of 1917 is estimated to have killed 50 million+ with a mortality rate…
New Year’s Eve – a time of fire and feasting, reflecting on memories and pondering possibilities. The two distinguished looking chaps in the background I’ve known for 35 and 33 years respectively, about twice as long as the two nearest the camera have been alive. That sobering realisation occurred shortly before sobriety left the…
Our new PM –
In the Tory leadership election
Boris de pfeffel beat Jeremy Hunt
And though many haven’t a good word for him
I have, struggled to know how to end this one
We first visited the CAT in Snowdonia about 10 years ago. We stayed at the Snowdon Ranger youth hostel, coincidentally in the same room we had 5 years ago for a birthday assault on Snowdon – it was just as grotty and with the same pungent reminder of how socks fair after a long hike.…
There’ve recently been 2 celebrations: birthday lunch with my surrogate family and Father’s day with the boys and Ali. Ageing is so interesting, its swings and roundabouts better navigated after a few laps around the block. Things are more easily appreciated for what they are, as opposed to how they might appear to greener eyes. I’m…
Nowadays there are too few opportunities to commune with Nature, and play with bikes, fire and kindred spirits.
This year’s seen some great trips: S. Downs TET, NZ, France & Holland, Kent :0)
but in 4 weeks time, bike, bones and balls will be tested on the Mini Mondo
This summer has been really hot, redolent of ’77, so it was great to chill in the garden of a big old country house in Kent. I’d been invited to an annual gathering of friends and family that’s been happening since 2003, and a jolly, inclusive event it was too.
A few strands recently came together to see an old mate and I visit the continent. It was an unusual trip taking in a French seaside town that could have been twinned with Jaywick.