Who me? No, I’m adopted, actually

It is hard being the well behaved one, isn’t it? The menace, the trouble-maker, the naughty boy always gets the attention because he is always doing something he shouldn’t. He is either chasing bikes or chasing people on bikes or rolling around in the mud or barking at the fence – because, of course, it […]

The Banana King Has Passed

Every family has its own lore, developed over the years. Phrases built on mispronounced words by children that become part of the group story, memorable moments which get raked up every Xmas to embarrass someone or sayings that become so hammered into the rhythm of life that they become indistinguishable from the norm. One such […]

Country House Body Count

I read a great book last week. I used to read a lot – fiction mostly – but a number of things began to slow me down starting around a decade ago. For one, I got a job in an office, which means I now spend all day sitting down, so to spend all night […]

Dr Jeff

Oh wow, what is this, April already? How did that happen? Don’t worry about telling me, by the way, I know. It is because I am old and time moves faster the nearer you approach your final destination. That is, of course, unless you are trying to drive from Brighton to Cornwall in a rented […]

Season’s Over

They were tearing up the playing field as I arrived with my dogs in the early morning of last week. Lucy hopped down out of the car with her usual care, but I had to keep Archie on a short lead as he hit the ground and immediately spotted the maintainance trucks going about their […]

Just Do It …

Ah … Good Friday is about to roll around again. It is the one day of the year when I could happily bite the head off a bottle of wine and glug it back in one – not out of a misguided attempt to celebrate the demise of Baby Jesus, but rather as a self-destructive […]


It is my birthday pretty soon. I am not hinting or anything, I am currently back on the wagon and with my husband confined to barracks, it promises to be a pretty low-key affair this year. So low-key, in fact, that when I got into work this morning and found a tiny tree on my […]