• Numbers Game

    Public domain image by Marina Shemesh, publicdomainpictures.net If you car is more than four years old, then every two years it has to go through the contrôle technique (CT, equivalent to the UK’s MOT and the Irish NCT). Since our cars are now ten and thirteen years old, then these tests...


  • Chickzilla

    A feathery interlude between Bristol-based blogs. Ten days ago our first home-incubated chick hatched. I got a super incubator for Mother’s Day this year which I promptly began to fill with eggs. I read up about incubating eggs and a lot of the articles were rather doom-laden. It seemed it...


  • Bristol

    A week ago Benj and I made a brief visit to Bristol to go to the marriage of my nephew (and Benj’s cousin) James to Greta. I last went to Bristol 29 years ago, and only overnight, so I couldn’t remember it at all. It was wonderful to rediscover this beautiful...


  • Easter Turkey Chicks

    I was half expecting some Easter lambs this year since Spot and Clover (or possibly she’s Cowslip – I can’t remember what name I originally gave her but I do know it’s a flower!) were still refusing to give birth, preferring to inflate to alarming proportions! And they’re still doing...


  • Haircuts, Hens and Homicide – an extract

    Here are the first two chapters of my current work-in-progress Haircuts, Hens and Homicide, plus the first draft of the cover by the talented Caiti. There will be minor tweaks to both but they’ll give you a good idea of what the novel is about. Enjoy! And Happy Easter too!...