August Holidays

The featured image is “Supergrandma” pumping up an inflatable ring on the beach at Torquay (note the holstered SPF).



Broadstairs Dickens Festival

The Broadstairs Charles Dickens Festival has been taking place on the third week in June since 1937, when the local council wanted to celebrate one hundred years since the famous … Continue Reading →


A Visit to the Tower of London

Last week I marked the half-term holidays by taking my two elder granddaughters to the Tower of London. No, they hadn’t been misbehaving, they have become fascinated with Tudor history … Continue Reading →


Where is Guy Fawkes when we need him?

Until the recent adoption of his distinctive curly moustaches by the Anonymous movement poor old Guido Fawkes was in danger of becoming nothing more than a historical footnote. I can … Continue Reading →


Treasures of North Norfolk

Worn out from some very pressing family commitments, Grahame and I took an October mini-break at my sister’s place in North Norfolk. There, bleak vistas of windswept shingle beaches and … Continue Reading →


Banishing Boris (home from America)

Since getting back from America a couple of weeks ago I’ve been extremely busy. Lily and Rosie had their first holiday with us in Worcestershire, the building work in Thanet … Continue Reading →


A Novel Way to Celebrate the Fourth of July

It was very appropriate that the date chosen for my ground breaking ceremony in Thanet should be the 4th July as it arrived to find me embroiled in my preparations … Continue Reading →


Taking to the Skies

It hardly seems as if I’ve touched down before I’m packing up my essentials and setting off to the airport for another trip. Sometimes the opportunities come up inconveniently close … Continue Reading →


Worcs & Warks

Spring in Worcestershire and Warwickshire has been has been a busy time while I criss-crossed the country to supervise building work at my house in Kent and have dental treatment … Continue Reading →