Category Archives: families

Whatever Next

I was rummaging around my blog, looking for something I’d written a while back and came across this, written for my first anniversary of blogging in April 2015. I offer it up for… well you decide. The Le Pard family, … Continue reading

Posted in families, humour, memories, miscellany | Tagged , , , | 25 Comments

Missing: One Farm #family #memories

The Textiliste heralds from Norfolk. There are a lot of jokes about that: everyone is a second cousin; the language is uniquely strange, the accent suggests a somewhat slow approach to rational thought. All rubbish and the language has some … Continue reading

Posted in families, miscellany | Tagged , , , , , | 36 Comments

Poetry Readathon #robbiecheadle

Robbie Cheadle kindly invited me to be part of her Poetry Readathon. In it I share two poems I wrote early in my poetry writing career one of which I updated and read at my daughter’s wedding this August. Please … Continue reading

Posted in families, family, marriage, miscellany, poems, poetry | Tagged , , , | 15 Comments

Life As A Controlled Experiment #thought #humour #family

Simple Simms taught me chemistry from age eleven to fifteen. He was keen, distracted, had a boyish face and somehow controlled the class by the gob smacking way he would ignore any semblance of health and safety. When Trillo, a … Continue reading

Posted in families, humour, miscellany, thought | Tagged , | 23 Comments

Parenting – Winning The War Or At Least Losing Gracefully

A parenting lesson, which a conversation today brought back to me and which I thought I’d share. Back in 1998 when we visited friends in Bahrain, the Lawyer, aged 8, was heavily into Pokémon – the soft toys, the cards and … Continue reading

Posted in families, humour, miscellany, thought piece | Tagged , , , | 46 Comments

Dog Gone (To Pot)

Blogger Barb Taub had a dog/drug experience recently which triggered a buried memory. Now it’s bubbled to the surface, I think it is time I confessed My name is Geoff and I drugged my dog We need to go back … Continue reading

Posted in dogs, Dulwich, families, humour, miscellany | Tagged , , , , | 30 Comments

Flattened

My earliest recorded escape from death involved an oak tree, a rope ladder and the Archaeologist’s small but determined arse. At the time, about 1964, we lived high on the hills of north Surrey, in a semi detached house of … Continue reading

Posted in families, memories | Tagged , , , | 40 Comments

J is for Jumble Sales #atozchallenge

For the last two years I’ve joined in the #atozchallenge, namely to post every weekday in April using each letter of the alphabet in turn. In 2015 it was places I’d been to, in 2016 it was London themed. This … Continue reading

Posted in A to Z blogging challenge, families, memories, miscellany | Tagged , , | 18 Comments

A is for Auction #atozchallenge

For the last two years I’ve joined in the #atozchallenge, namely to post every weekday in April using each letter of the alphabet in turn. In 2015 it was places I’d been to, in 2016 it was London themed. This … Continue reading

Posted in A to Z blogging challenge, families, family | Tagged , | 38 Comments

So you want a dog, do you?

One year ago I wrote about the start of our canine love affair. As it is 4 years, nearly to the day since Dog appeared in our lives I thought I retell the story of how it all started way … Continue reading

Posted in families, miscellany, pets | Tagged , | 16 Comments