Home & Garden

One thing I learned during the great lockdown of 2020, if I did not know it already, is that I enjoy my own company.

I love people and getting out and about, especially to pubs, cafe’s, cinemas and restaurants. But I am very much home-loving. Even if I fell asleep on the Northern Line and ended up at Mordern or the end of some other tube line, I would always find my way home, no matter how much alcohol I’d consumed or how many miles I had to walk (or stagger).

Having lived in a 10th floor council flat in south London for 22 years – which I loved by the way – it was great to be home in Devon. I am now a private tenant living in a very nice bungalow with a decent-sized wrap-around garden. I am enjoying it while I can as when I reach retirement age I will no longer be able to afford to live here.

Snow: A Cautionary Tale

I love to see snow, but it is quite rare in this part of the world. We had ‘snow’ this morning but nothing compared to the big freeze of 1963, which is where my fear of ice came from…

Mending Fences

My personal diary, Sunday, 27th December 2020. Devon. Bella has a go at blowing my fence down, and doesn’t entirely succeed.

Hedgehog triplets

Back in July I included a few photographs of a rather large hedgehog I spotted ambling through my garden in the post ‘Bird Murder’; this was in an effort to lighten the rather gory nature of a bird of prey doing what birds of prey are supposed to do. I suspected the hedgehog I hadContinue Reading

Lockdown Garden: The Pond

I battled for three days to remove the bullrushes that almost completely obscured the pond, but it was worth it…

Bird Murder

I noticed this morning there was something wrong with a young wood pigeon; it couldn’t fly and could barely walk. I tried to help and then this happened…

Lockdown Garden 1

Lockdown gave me an opportunity to really go to town on my garden – and get some serious work done. Sun and fun – and exercise too!

Crockery & Coffee

A recent gift has changed my coffee drinking habits – for the better.

A Bushfull of Birds

How many birds can you fit in a bush? Here is one answer at least…!

Backyard sunset

We’ve had some striking sunsets lately, and this evening was no exception. I happened to look out the kitchen window and this was the view, so out came the iPhone.