Sunday, 19 November 2017

St Laurence

Chris Lee has created this excellent image of St Laurence church, Friar Street, with the town hall to the left and Queen Victoria to the fore. The old picture dates to about 1904. To the right buildings were destroyed by bombing during the war and rather "unfortunate" structures put in their place. As you might be able to tell the modern building line is somewhat different to the original as a result.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Quick, Quick, Sloe

Sure beats standing in the cold picking the berries, pricking before adding to gin and waiting a number of weeks. But will it taste as good..?

Sunday, 12 November 2017


Ceramic remembrance poppies "planted" in 2014 at the Tower of London (credit: Historic Royal Palaces).

Monday, 6 November 2017


Found this little gem on a recent walk. I just need to research any possible Reading links...

Tuesday, 31 October 2017


Some will know that Reading's Oracle shopping centre is built on the site of the former workhouse of the same name. You can read more about the Oracle workhouse here. Famously pioneer of photography William Henry Fox Talbot (who had a shop in Baker Street, Reading) captured an image of the Gunn Street-Minster Street gateway in around 1845.

I found the below version recently online, showing the workhouse imposed (by Mark Porridge) on the modern street scene and new Oracle. The white building to the right is I believe one of the few surviving remenants of the original Oracle.

I also found a lovely picture of the gates themselves, when they were reused at 48 Tilehurst Road. This picture appeared on a postcard by Walton Adams in around 1910. Those gates have since been relocated to the town museum where they remain on display.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Six Pence

Many will be aware of the tradition of putting a "lucky" silver six pence in the Christmas pudding. Somehow the person serving always made sure the youngest at the table was the recipient of the portion containing the coin. A very popular and fondly remembered part of British- and I suspect Commonwealth- festive traditions.

With the advent of decimal coinage, people were encouraged to exchange their old predecimal coins for "new pence" and no new 6p coins have been minted in the UK for a long time. Until this year. Feast your eyes on this legal tender silvery loveliness. You can bet this shiny thing isn't going anywhere near a pudding!

Sunday, 22 October 2017


An awesome morning for a fine walk around the Holy Brook area.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

How So?

We have a new priority status at work, see below. I don't mean to be picky but you can't actually have degrees of urgency, can you? A thing is either urgent or not.

Likewise a woman can't be "very pregnant," a person being described as "extremely gay" or an animal referred to as "very dangerous." You get the idea. Why do we add unnecessary words to our conversations?

Monday, 9 October 2017

Friday, 6 October 2017

Is It Easter Yet?

Apparently it is perfectly acceptable to stock these nearly three whole months before Christmas.

What is the world coming to? Don't we have actual festive seasons anymore, or have we all thrown in the towel and surrendered to greedy consumerism?

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Harvest Moon

Awesome moon this evening...

Thursday, 28 September 2017


Just look what I found in shop near the office: lovely Brooklyn Lager. Cheers!

Sunday, 24 September 2017

There Goes A Tenner

It hardly seems true that a whole year has passed since the UK introduced it's first Polymer currency, the five pound note. Doesn't time fly? Now we have our second in the form of the Braille enhanced, Jane Austen, ten pound note. How lovely is that?

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Saturday, 16 September 2017

All Change

Amazing how different the old and new packaging of Anzac biscuits is and yet I didn't realise until I put them side by side! Time to revisit the Optician do you think LOL?

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

At Last...

... A chocolate bar I can relate to!

Friday, 8 September 2017

What Was I Thinking?

Some work colleagues persuaded me to join them last night playing badminton. I haven't been on a court for at least 20 years. What harm could it do, what might possibly go wrong? Except for the twisted knee, sore lower back and aggravating a near forgotten tennis elbow.

Same again next Thursday then LOL.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

When Did This Happen?

When exactly did Doughnuts become Donuts?

Wednesday, 30 August 2017


I've been reading today that a hard drive containing unfinished novels by author Terry Pratchett has been destroyed, in accordance with his wishes. 

Isn't it lovely the desire for a fast or easy buck wasn't allowed to win out? Pratchett's long term assistant Rob Wilkins was able to carry out the instruction nearly two and a half years after the authors death. 

Nothing could be worse in my opinion than (perhaps a well intentioned) fellow author trying to second guess plot points and motivations or attempt to reproduce another's writing style. At least this way Pratchett's words remain untarnished and true in the minds of his fans.

In case anyone is interested, the Lord Jericho, a six and a half tonne steam roller at the Great Dorset Steam Fair was used. Wonderful.

Monday, 28 August 2017

Back To 30

Unusually for a public holiday we've enjoyed a lovely hot day with not a cloud in sight. Temperatures in this part of the UK touched 30 degrees Celsius or so. Fantastic. Most school children are enjoying their last full week of summer holiday before the new school year starts in September; make the most of the time off in this lovely weather, girls and boys! And don't forget to stay hydrated.

Next UK public holiday is Christmas Day. It's gonna be a long slog LOL.

Saturday, 26 August 2017


Have binge watched the BBC production Top of the Lake, set in New Zealand. Looks to be a beautiful place despite all the violence and murder portrayed across the 6 episodes.

Currently half way through the sequel Top of the Lake: China Girl. This time the action has relocated to Sydney, but still with an equal share dubious characters and motives.

Gripping stuff.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Fab Fig?

Coming along nicely...

Recent image.

Saturday, 5 August 2017


Back from visiting Dad. To say he was not very good today would be an understatement. He seems to have deteriorated since his birthday in June. Very confused and frail. He's missing SM this weekend, who is attending a family event, and clearly aware how much he struggles when she is not around.

Thursday, 27 July 2017


Wasn't hard at all, seems he was hiding at the Sea Life Centre in Brighton LOL.

And what a lovely Victorian era building the centre is housed in.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017


Some countries refer to the "rainy season." In the UK we call it "summer."

I'm not at all impressed and feel sorry for the school children who have just broken up for 6 weeks holiday.

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.