Category Archives: Gardening

A Grand Tour: South Tyrol, Leicestershire and my vegetable garden – Oh yes, and Twink

For many people summer is about lying on a beach, getting sunburnt, but although I’ve tried to do it, I’ve never really succeeded. For a start, I turn the colour of an over-cooked lobster in about twenty minutes, but before … Continue reading

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Why Archaeologists Make Good Detectives

As most of my readers will know by now, I’ve written a crime/thriller (The Lifers’ Club) with an archaeologist (Alan Cadbury) as the detective. Then as soon as lambing is finished, I’ll resume work on the second book in the … Continue reading

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Norfolk Biffins (or Beefings)

I must confess I find the sort of apples one buys in supermarkets rather boring. Yes, they look nice and they are generally sweet and crunchy, but isn’t life about more than sweetness and crunch? What about flavour and texture? … Continue reading

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More Words on the Weirdness of the Season

At last I now understand why politicians have invented Quangos (Quasi-autonomous non-governmental  organizations). It is of course to avoid blame. More to the point it’s to avoid having to make long-term decisions. So you tie the Quangos’ hands with stupid … Continue reading

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At Last, Signs of Change

What a weird winter we’ve been having so far. In December we had those terrible storms down the east coast, and now poor old Somerset and the West Country are facing a terrible onslaught. Yet still many people confidently assert … Continue reading

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Tidy and Oh So DULL!

I hate, loathe and detest unnecessary tidiness. Fine, be tidy in your workplace, or in the kitchen, where you need to know where certain key things are kept, but why is it that we English have to extend our tidiness … Continue reading

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Early Autumn – concupiscence and clichés

I suppose it’s inevitable, as more and more of the population moves indoors and experiences reality through digital media, that everything we take for granted now, will eventually become labelled and branded. So autumn is increasingly becoming the season of … Continue reading

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