Monday, 27 February 2017


I don't care about Birthday cake (yeah right!), just throw my ball.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Six Months

Having adjusted my medication about three weeks ago, I was due back to see my GP yesterday. I'm happy to report he was content with my BP and has renewed my prescription for the next six months. So unless I have difficulties I can stay away from the surgery until then, yea!

Sunday, 19 February 2017

See Life

A bit of an outing today to the big city, to the London Sealife centre which is situated opposite Parliament.

Some will know I don't enjoy driving into London and usually opt for the train and tube (the subway, in American). However I was persuaded to give it a go and fortunately there is excellent (allbeit expensive) parking just by Parliament, making for a short tourist trail past Big Ben and over Westminster Bridge. The Sealife centre itself was far better than I had imagined and despite the crowds I think we enjoyed our time there. Here are a few images from the day:


Thursday, 2 February 2017

Victorian Workhouse

Thought I might post some images of the former Workhouse in nearby Wokingham. There are family connections in so far as one of Dad's relatives was born here, later did well for himself and became Alderman (or Mayor) of the town.

The building is now used as a National Health Service hospital and is thoroughly modern inside I might add.

The below plan of the Workhouse is from this interesting site. The photographs are my own.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017


Another trip to see the doctor and another medication to try. Hopefully this one won't cause me to fall asleep all the time.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

By The Banks Of The Holy Brook

The dog and I spent a lovely time this morning exporing. Could have walked for miles. Despite being mid-winter the Sun did it's best to shine and bring some welcome cheer. We returned home muddy and a little tired but happy.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Important Day

Forget what is happening later today across the pond. The only Donald in USA I know worth mentioning "works" for Disney LOL.

Anyway someone very special has their birthday today and not only that shares the day with the 4th Doctor (83). Happy birthday son.

I've had this since the week our local ASDA opened its doors for the first time. Pity I didn't keep the Jelly Baby I was given too.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Gap Year

Somehow after only a year I suspect this conservatory window is meant to close a bit better than this...

It's a bit breezy to say the least but the window company are booked to visit and remedy in early February.

Monday, 16 January 2017


The new 2017 many-sided One Pound and Britannia themed Two Pound coins. Lovely aren't they?

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Candle Night

2017 got off to a frustrating start. Power cuts aren't that frequent in the UK, except those due to severe weather conditions. So what I'n referring to is power company equipment failure for no apparent reason. Those outages rarely occur and are usually remedied within an hour.

Last evening at around 6.30 the lights went out, as did the heating. It's the middle of winter here meaning it is dark and cold. The electricity company predicted restoration by 9.45, quite a wait in the dark with only candles and a wind up torch. Obviously no tv, radio or Wifi to occupy the hours. Without a charger that could work on moonbeams, mobile phone charge was at a premium too.

You can't even boil water to make a cuppa, grrr.

You can imagine the joy when the lights came back on at 7.30. You can no doubt understand the annoyance when the lights went out again 15 minutes later.

Apparently an underground cable had failed and the new prediction was 3am. Did I mention how dark, cold and eerie it can be without power? Not to mention boring. All the things you want to do get put on hold; not even reading an ebook due to the lack of charging facilities.

Thankfully the good people at SSE were able to keep their revised promise and I imagine a good number of people were woken at 3am to the sound of all their electrical appliances and heating systems restarting.

Makes me wonder how did we become so dependent on electrical devices that life seemingly stops when they are taken away?

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Nearly Done

2016 is almost over. For many no doubt it has been exciting and full of joy, for others it might have brought more than a fair share of sadness and upsetting times.

Certainly there seems to have been a high number of headlines and surprises. Celebrity deaths, surprise election results and referendums. Need I go on? It will only be with the benefit of another 12 months that we will be in a position to judge whether 2017 was any worse or better. Here's hoping.

Happy New Year everyone.

Tuesday, 27 December 2016


First real frost (in these parts) of this winter but what a beautiful day.