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The Grapes of Wrath: A Father’s Wisdom

I witnessed a crime today. A couple of kids ahead of me, heads close together and one nabbed a piece of fruit off a stall outside a small convenience store. It was casual, brazen almost. They stood there, didn’t even … Continue reading

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Walking With The Wind At My Back: Part One

‘Let’s do something a bit different next year.’ I should have known this would mean redefining the words ‘a bit’. Dad and I and a couple of his friends had just finished the fourth of our summer walking holidays. Dad … Continue reading

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Wrinkles and the art of aging

When my mother had her cataracts done the one downside was the realisation her skin was no longer smooth – more bark than balm, as she thought it. Not that she really minded. She just wished she’d realised. I found … Continue reading

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First day Of Spring

So on the first day of spring, we had weather that was anything but… This ditty was one of Dad’s favourites SPRING HAS SPRUNG THE GRASS IS RIZ, I WONDER WHERE THE BIRDIE IS? THE BIRD IS ON THE WING! BUT … Continue reading

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The Setley Plain Gibbet By Desmond Le Pard #poem #poetry

I thought I might post one of my Dad’s longer, epic poems about the New Forest, this one about a spot near to where we lived between Sway and Brockenhurst that I passed every day on the train to school. … Continue reading

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Dickhead tours – revisted #holidays

A while back I posted about my experiences as a holiday organiser and why it was not a complete success. As we enter the summer holiday season I thought I might return to the subject for those of you who … Continue reading

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Dinner! #homelife

I found this bell in the garage today, a bit dusty and cobwebby. It used to hang from the side of the family home in the New Forest. Mum had it put there to be used like those in cowboy … Continue reading

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