Category Archives: family

Going For Pembroke: Day Three, The Crab And Bromance Edition

Our last full day disproved any ‘Wet Wales’ preconceptions we may have held. A day off the physical punishment was allowed, even if the Vet did her own thing. Having watched a minute of her routine (what’s routine about such … Continue reading

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Going Pembroke: Tiny Wales

Day two and a longish drive after exercise with the Vet (legs bums and tums plus a cheeky cardio and abs finisher). Cheeky being apposite because at some point during the session my right buttock began deflating, and the abs … Continue reading

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Going For Pembroke #holiday #wales

Having buggered up a family holiday in Ireland in April and a wedding in August, novice Dick Head Tours recruit Rona Virus has not managed to screw up our little family staycation in Pembrokeshire. Even though we’re seven when you … Continue reading

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Advice To A Young Man #advice #parental advice #poem #poetry

My father and I undertook several annual walks with friends. These were usually a week, sometimes longer and took in some of the great long distance footpaths England, Wales and Scotland has to offer. We saw some gorgeous parts of … Continue reading

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Portraiture

My nephew is a talented artist who works in the film industry. His skill is especially in models and creating super detailed pieces. As with so many in the creative arts Covid and lockdown had him stuck at home. Needing … Continue reading

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The Hand That Guides

For many years, the Textiliste and I have taken dance classes; we have a system that involves her ensuring I stay on the beat while I manage the steps. Like marriage, it’s all in the compromises… Your consoling hand sits … Continue reading

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Things To Do While We Go Bonkers part whatever

First my daughter the Vet decided her cat Bozzy could do with a groom and with some help from their neighbours moggy which also got a groom, we get… A trumpcat Next it’s my cousin, a nurse (many cheers) who … Continue reading

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Punchenello Tillingdown

I grew up with dogs. Or rather a dog. The worried mutt above was the son of the family dog when I was born. But Rusty didn’t survive for me to remember her. She was a pedigree boxer and so … Continue reading

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Murder Mystery – The Definitive How-To (Not)

Every Christmas time my family and a close set of friends get together for a large meal and then lots of ridiculous games. This has been going on without a break for twelve years at least and mostly ends up … Continue reading

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Mugged Off

I was given this a while ago. W e’re an increasingly green household – not that the children leave us much choice. Thus single use takeaway cups for my copious coffees are verboten. Sitting, enjoying myself with a cappuccino I … Continue reading

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