New tricks for old dog….

You cannot teach an old dog new tricks is a well used idiom in the English language. I am not sure if it exists in other languages but it probably translates quite well as compared with more confusing expressions such as ‘this is the exception that proves the rule’ , or even more confusingly ‘pardon […]

A few of my favourite things…?

A subjective question and of course answered in song by Maria in the classic movie, The Sound of Music. There was no Google back then to answer this question (assuming she had been asked such a question, or had just decided to tell people her favourite things anyway!) If there had been such electronic guidance, […]

I’ll send you a postcard…

At one time sending a postcard was an integral part of the holiday routine. Smart phones and instant messaging have played a big part in the demise of this activity. Nowadays entire holidays are captured on Instagram and Facebook with intermittent updates also available by text, e-mail or Instant messaging . It was therefore quite […]

Carpe Diem

To the non Latin speaker, this is probably a fancy fish restaurant in a trendy part of town, but to those who have learnt a few such useful phrases of this ancient language, it of course means seize the day. To regular readers of my blog, I am a big exponent of grab it while […]

Unicorn in a big park……..my kind of art!

Sculpture was never top on my list of things to be excited about on childhood visits to museums and art galleries. An 18th bronze reproduction of some meaningless person did nothing to excite me or generate a love of this art form. Well fast forward 40 or more years and it’s a different story. In […]

Forty today!

I started writing my blog just for fun a few weeks ago. And was somewhat intrigued this morning to see I have just had my fortyieth follower today…..not the dog in the photo (I only count the human ones😁) For the serious bloggers out there (and I have the greatest respect for you) having achieved […]

Time for an embrace…take #2

We had dogs visiting and I had time for an early morning walk prior to setting off on a work trip. Our local reservoir is a mirror of the season and looking in the mirror what I saw was waves on the water whipped up by the stiff breeze, a hint of brown on some […]