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.

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