Thursday, 20 July 2017

Bucket List

Can't help but feel this needs rewording. I fear otherwise we might have a large section of the construction industry lacking a vital piece of equipment LOL.

Monday, 17 July 2017


Am thinking maybe the Fennel is taking over!

Who knew it might grow so well LOL...

Monday, 10 July 2017

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Kidding Me?

Received the below communication from those lovely folk at The Sun newspaper. Basically to get a free £5 note, I need to register 28 unique codes printed in the daily newspaper. I don't know for sure- I'm not a regular (physical) newspaper reader- but let's assume each copy costs 50p, I'd need to spend £14 (US $18, AU $23) just to get back £5. Is there something I missed..?

Monday, 26 June 2017


No other comment necessary...

Saturday, 24 June 2017


Curly fries about to go into the oven. Who will be able to resist them LOL?

Tuesday, 20 June 2017


The UK is currently basking in glorious sunshine, with relatively high temperatures. Yesterday the highest measurement, in the shade, was recorded at Hampton Court Palace of 32.5 degrees Celsius (around 90.5 degrees Fahrenheit). 

We've been told to expect June to remain hot, July somewhat cooler and higher temperatures returning for the school holidays in August. Thanks Jet Stream LOL.

In my part of the country things are really quite nice, as evidenced below from my trusty BBC Weather App.

Saturday, 17 June 2017


Somehow I don't really think it's this hot in the UK today...

The temperature is more likely something like this but getting warmer into next week...

Thursday, 15 June 2017

View From A Bridge

Driving home this evening, I had to pull over at Winnersh Triangle to take this picture of the absolutely awesome sunset. Doesn't quite fully do it justice but I hope you get the idea.

Used to work near here dontchaknow. Many years ago.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Lovely Morning

Just the right sort of day for a walk by the historic Holy Brook.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Vote Now

Another trip to the polling station, so soon? After a relatively short period of campaigning, only seven weeks, the UK general election is finally here. At long last the "experts" with all their predictions will either be proved spot on or have to eat their words. By Friday morning we should know who will form our next government and therefore the likely approach the country will take in the Brexit negotiations.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

One Man And His Dog

The actor Peter Sallis, voice of plasticine hero Wallace, has died. May you forever enjoy grand days out.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

How Long?

Just been told Dad had a fall Sunday night, the Paramedics had to be called out, and he required 3 stitches to his head. Why has it taken until Thursday night to tell me you might ask?

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Needle Point

The sun shines and the sky is blue. What better than a boat trip out to The Needles, Isle of Wight.

Friday, 26 May 2017

White Peony

Just look how lovely this Peony is, growing nicely in the garden. Pity it will be over far too soon.

Monday, 15 May 2017


I seem to be getting increasing annoyed with the (over) use of certain words or phrases.

For example I was listening last week to a female singer being interviewed and she seemed to pepper every sentence with at least 5 uses of the word "like." Get a dictionary, young lady, expand your vocabulary and set an example to your fanbase.

How many times has the phrase "up coming" been a substitute for "future" for goodnees sake? The latter is shorter and must be easier to say don't you think? Even on the radio this morning the weather reporter said "This up coming week..." hold on there was absolutely no need for "up" in that sentence, was there?

Please don't get me started on "experts" who, while being questioned in the media, start every response with "so." Grrrrr.

I think I need to go for a little rest in a darkened room.

Sunday, 14 May 2017


Many will know I'm not normally bothered by the Eurovision Song Contest. The UK rarely seems to pick the right song or performer to gain a great deal of support from the other voting nations. Appearently though our entry did receive top marks from Downunder; thankyou Australia but since when did you join Europe LOL?

Having said that the Aussies faired far better with their entry, finishing 9th compared with the UK's lowly 15th. In fact Australia finished far higher than UK has for perhaps as many as 10-15 years. Think that speaks volumes. Perhaps Australia should apply for a permanent place in this euro-pop spectacle, while the UK ungracefully withdraws. At least those English speakers interested in the annual "event" might be able to cheer on a country that might actually stand a chance...

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Over 500 Years In Print

Reading University has been in the news today. They have discovered a couple of pages from a book.

So what, you might ask? The pages in question are extremely rare examples from a religious book printed by William Caxton, the man who introduced the printing press to Britain. Read the BBC story here. The pages are due on display soon at the Uni's Museum of English Life, for a short period. Think I might pop along.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Any Clues..?

No idea what this is or meant to represent. Let's just call it Art LOL.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017


Exploring a little of the beach at Camber Sands, East Sussex. Beautiful weather and hardly a soul to be seen, great.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Don't Mention The War!

This structure sits alongside the M4 motorway, one of many built across the country in the 30's and 40's in case of invasion. Now mostly overgrown and bricked up for safety reasons, it seems hard imagining these might have been our last line of defence.

There I think I managed it LOL.

Sunday, 9 April 2017


You can't beat an afternoon at local favourite, Carters Steam Fair. Even better when the temperature reaches 25 degrees (not at all bad for Spring).

Saturday, 8 April 2017


First BBQ in the garden this year. The only problem being remembering where the charcoal had been stored over Winter LOL. Temperatures are set this weekend to be in the low to mid 20's, not bad for this time of year.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Big Swedish Store

At a pinch you can just about make out the tops of the I, K and E (the A is obviously having the day off LOL). Think that's quite close enough to home, don't you?

Wednesday, 29 March 2017


Yesterday, at number 10 Downing Street, our Prime Minister Theresa May signed the letter formally signalling the UK's desire to leave the EU. That letter will be delivered today by hand to the European Council President, Donald Tusk. Regardless of the rights and wrongs of leaving the European Union and the single market, this is a momentous day in the history of this little island inhabited by 65 million citizens.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017


Took a walk this evening around Prospect Park in Reading, where the old Mansion House is situated.

In recent times it has become a family restaurant, leased to a well known British chain and before that had stood empty for a great many years. I can remember as child wondering who might have lived in such a grand building and been fortunate enough to have such entensive grounds near the centre of town? Of course in truth, when it had been constructed it was a fair distance from the heart of the much smaller Reading, strategically sited on the London to Bath Road (now called the A4).

And thinking of Prospect Park and my childhood, when we had good snow, mum and dad would take me there for sledging and also skiing plus the odd snowball fight. Happy times.