Category Blog

Typical Monday morning?

Six tonnes of gravel arrived at o’crack sparrow to re-fill the drive.   Before the lorry could reverse and drop the enormous heap, one car to be moved and one bike rescued.   Most puzzling, the driver asked, “Have you got many…

Eggxactly right for Easter.

Here it is: a riot of scattered eggs, chasing chicks and romping rabbits atop the stag’s head cake stand. This is my basic fruit cake  (rolled out for Christmas and birthdays) but with an internal layer of marzipan baked into…

Influencer-in-waiting!

You never know: tips from a blind cook might catch on.  The new kitchen gadget is a keeper. For years, I’ve been making big celebration cakes: diligently soaking  the raisins, sultanas and currants in brandy for a month or more. …

Influencer-in-waiting!

You never know: tips from a blind cook might catch on.  The new kitchen gadget is a keeper. For years, I’ve been making big celebration cakes: diligently soaking  the raisins, sultanas and currants in brandy for a month or more. …

The Mouse Man cometh.

Home cooking. I must have done something good some time to have deserved my outstanding housekeeper, Karen. She has been supporting me for over 21 years and grown into the role of being utterly indispensable.   I remember the old days…

King eligible for Blue Parking badge?

Three cheers for King Charles for telling us about his cancer.   It’s taken enormous courage and bravery to acknowledge his diagnosis, the treatment and the impact on his life. Many millions of other people know about getting a life-changing health…

As January draws to a close…

Hurrah!  Massive congratulations to the sous-chef for completing his January “Run your Age” challenge for Age UK with a day to spare.  Not only has he gathered a bit of sponsorship for the charity but he has overcome…

Treading carefully

Making progress.  Good news: the hospital bed and all the other paraphernalia has gone back and, hurrah!, I’ve actually walked down the front path to the gate.  It was my first venture outside since 18 September last year.  Visiting nurse…

January rambles

Hot stuff.  The sous-chef is still pounding out his daily quota as he runs his age.  Sponsorship welcomed at  and all goes to Age UK.  He’s the only person I know who runs in cashmere!   Right first…

Happy January

Running for Age UK. The sous-chef’s challenge for January this year: running his very considerable age. The combination of an old serious injury plus his very ancient years means that he’ll use most of the month to reach the distance.…

Resize Font
Contrast