La Maison de Verre

Having lived in France for eight years – himself eighteen – and not doing much but reclaim the garden from nature – brambles, thistles stinging nettles and random bushes, hand digging trenches wearing waders, across fields in pouring rain to…

Venetian Flag of War

Venetian Flag of War The book is closed and the sword is held up in its place. This indicates that the Venetian states are in a period of War. The Republic of Venice (697-1797) was at war twenty-three times between…

Maurice

Basset Hound male called Maurice

Three years ago my old spaniel Muppet died from heart failure…..she’s been pushing up roses in the rose bed ever since. Or more accurately one white rose in the middle of the bed which has grown enormous. Over the last…

Ted Talks of interest

Willful Blindness. The Scourge of Today. Wilful Blindness If there is information that you could know and you should know but you somehow manage not to know, the law deems that you are Wilfully Blind. You have chosen not to…

Pipe and Slippers Man?

Wedding Anniversary Presents. 2016 . KHUSSA or MOJARI Punjabi slippers.   These slippers are still hand made in the Punjab, the dialect gives rise to the different names, there are several others. These differ from the Middle Eastern and African…

Megabollix Three

This by way of being an update of the last few months. It all started out by the suspicious behaviour on behalf of the lady general factotum. She was going around looking at us and muttering to herself that although…

Things learned in life……or not.

‘Himself’ is writing up some wonderful life’s experiences. He is looking forward to me posting some of mine. So, here goes……. Many lifetimes ago in 1982 a friend who would eventually become a god-parent (should  the god thing be capitalised?) to…